Thursday, July 15, 2004

Ursuline sophomore advances in Ohio Am

The Associated Press

Kelsey Lindenschmidt of West Chester continued to dominate the Women's Ohio Amateur on Wednesday, beating Ana Brown of Miamiville to advance to the quarterfinals.

The 15-year-old Lindenschmidt, a sophomore-to-be at Ursuline Academy who won the Ohio Junior Girls championship last week, had the easiest win of any player, topping Brown 6 and 4 in match play.

Even if Lindenschmidt doesn't win, the tournament will have a first-time champion. Past champions Pat Milton of Munroe Falls (1988), Diana Schwab of Beavercreek (1989, '90) and Janie Klare of Cincinnati (1996) all lost Wednesday.

The tournament at the 5,874-yard Terrace Park Country Club continues today with 18 holes and ends Friday with 36 holes.

OHIO MEN'S AM: Kyle Reifers, a 20-year-old junior on Wake Forest's golf team, holds a two-stroke lead over five players through Wednesday's second round of the 98th Ohio Amateur at Columbus Country Club.

Kyle's father, Randy, won the tournament in 1986 and 1992. What's more, at 57, he is just five shots back of his son.

Kyle's mother, Alison, won the Women's Ohio Amateur in 1991 at Portage Country Club. She probably will follow her son around the course for the final two rounds, because she had to withdraw with a bad back from this week's Women's Ohio Am.

"It would be something special," Kyle said when asked how important winning the Ohio Amateur is to him. "I know my dad and my mom have always looked up to the state am as one of their main tournaments, no matter what. I'm trying to look at it in the same way."

U.S. PUBLIC LINKS: Danny Green, who set the stroke-play record at the U.S. Amateur Public Links, had to go four extra holes to win his first-round match Wednesday at Maple Grove, Minn..

Green, of Jackson, Tenn., needed 22 holes to win a seesaw match against Martin Catalioto, the lowest seed out of the 64 who qualified for match play at Rush Creek Golf Club.

COURSES HONORED: Two area golf courses have been recognized by Golf Range Magazine for their driving ranges. Fairfield Golf Center and Meadow Links & Golf Academy both made the magazine's list of top 100 ranges in America. For more information on the survey, go to

College football

CINCINNATI: Punter Brian Steele of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College has signed a scholarship letter with the Bearcats and will join the team this fall.

Steele, who averaged more than 40 yards per punt last season, will be a sophomore in terms of eligibility.


CANADIENS: Montreal re-signed leading scorer Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.55-million deal. The 24-year-old had 20 goals and 45 assists in 81 games for the Canadiens last season.

WORLD CUP: Jeremy Roenick of the Flyers withdrew from the U.S. World Cup team because of unspecified health reasons. He was replaced by the Devils' Scott Gomez.


MERCEDES CUP: Top-seeded Rainer Schuettler was knocked out of the event in the second round at Stuttgart, Germany, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2 by Radek Stepanek. It was Schuettler's 10th first-round loss this season.

DUTCH OPEN: Fernando Gonzalez and Igor Andreev advanced to the quarterfinals at Amersfoort, Netherlands.


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