Local knowledge aids Goodwin

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

PORT STANLEY -- Russ Goodwin credited his caddie and Andrew Parr for shooting 72 yesterday and making the cut at the Ontario Amateur.

Goodwin, 20, was one of 13 London and area players to make the cut. It took a score of 151 or better over 36 holes to advance to the final two rounds today and tomorrow at Redtail Golf Course.

Goodwin shot rounds of 76-72 for 148 and is tied for 28th in his first Amateur.

"I have the biggest advantage over anybody in the field," said Goodwin, who attends Bowling Green State University in Ohio. "I have a caddie who knows the greens like the back of his hand and it's my home course."

Goodwin's caddie is his father, Redtail co-owner Chris Goodwin. He read most of his son's putts and helped him with club selections on shots to greens.

Yesterday's 72 was Goodwin's best competitive round. He said he hit all 18 greens in regulation and made only one birdie and one bogey -- a three-putt on the 12th.

Goodwin said he couldn't help but benefit from playing many rounds the last two years with Parr, who, like Goodwin, plays at both the Hunt Club and Redtail.

He added that since he has gone to Bowling Green, his game has also improved.

"When you play with a player like Andrew, it almost forces you to be a better player and ball striker," Goodwin said.

Other London and area players making the cut included Parr, who is leading the championship, Graham Hill of Sarnia, who is second, Lee French, who is tied for sixth, and John Webster, who is tied for ninth.

Also advancing are Matt Hill of Sarnia (75-73), Zach Faulds of Wardsville (73-75), Jeff Van Vliet of Dorchester (73-76), Scott Disney of London Hunt (76-73), Bob Thomson of Petrolia (78-72), Nicholas Wheeler of Forest City National (76-74), Craig Eustace of London (74-77) and Mikhial Pasic of London (78-73).

Casualties included two-time champion Kelly Roberts (78-75) and Matt Dietrich of Centralia (70-83).


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