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Weather shortens Ohio Amateur to 54-hole event

By Rusty Miller
AP Sports Writer

CANTON: And the runaway leader midway through the 107th Ohio Amateur is ... Mother Nature.

Heavy rains, tornado warnings, flood watches and high winds led tournament officials to suspend play early in Wednesday’s second round. Half of the field hadn’t even teed off and the other half was on the course, most not even halfway done.

For the first time since 1990 at The Sharon Golf Club, the prestigious event will be shortened to 54 holes.

Corey Richmond, who shot an 8-under 63 long before a thunderstorm suspended play on Tuesday, holds a three-stroke lead over 2010 winner Michael Bernard and Andrew Dorn. Play was called before Richmond even arrived at Brookside Country Club.

The 144-player field scattered as forecasters warned of a possible tornado.


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