COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State Men’s Golf Team senior standout Will Grimmer received an exemption to compete in the 44th Memorial Tournament.
Grimmer, 22, qualified for the U.S. Open in 2014 and 2018. He missed the cut in 2014 prior to his freshman year at Ohio State and finished in 66th place in 2018. The Cincinnati native earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017 and 2018 and was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection in 2017.
At age 16, Grimmer fired a 59 at Pinehurst No. 1 during the second round of the 2013 North & South Junior Amateur.
He received his degree in communications at The Ohio State University.
In the fall of his senior year, Grimmer wrote a letter to the tournament directors in the hope of receiving an invitation to play this year. As a senior, Grimmer did not actually believe he would receive the call from tournament director Dan Sullivan.
“I honestly didn’t really know what it was even about, kind of forgot about the whole possibility of the Memorial Tournament and the exemption, and I saw 614 in Dublin Ohio pop up, I thought, could this be what I think it is,” said Grimmer.
Sullivan called to tell Grimmer he received the sponsor’s exemption to play.
“I don’t really get emotional, but I was kind of in tears, I mean this tournament means so much to me, I’ve been attending it since 2001, so to get this opportunity to be playing in it is going to be really special,” Grimmer added.
As a native of Cincinnati, Grimmer has been attending the Memorial Tournament with his dad since he was four years old.
“And I have every badge of every Memorial Tournament that I’ve been to on the wall in my room, and so this tournament really seems so much to me, you know, I’ve always looked up to Jack, not only for just being a Buckeye but also just what he’s done for the game,” said Grimmer.
“You know the crowd is a huge part of the pro game that we don’t really get in college or amateur golf, and so I just think being able to know that I can handle my nerves, and I’ve proven more to myself more than anyone else that I can handle it. You know, I couldn’t be more honored and grateful to get this opportunity to get to represent myself and Ohio State and Cincinnati in the best way possible,” he added.