CANTON, Ohio (AP) - It had been a while since Corey Richmond had even played a hole of golf.
Now he, former champion Michael Bernard and a pack of others will get all they want and more.
More than two days after he put up a sterling 8-under 63, Richmond shot a 71 and finds himself in lockstep with Bernard heading into Friday's final 18 holes of the 107th Ohio Amateur at Brookside Country Club.
"It seemed like it was four days," said Richmond, who is at 8-under 134 in the tournament that was cut from 72 to 54 holes by two days of awful weather. "I was a little shaky at the start. I started bogey-bogey. But I shook the cobwebs off."
Bernard, an Ohio State sophomore who became the youngest Ohio Am winner ever at 16 in 2010, shot a 68 to put himself in position to join an elite group of luminaries to win the event more than once, including Arnold Palmer (1953-54), John Cook (1978-79) and Ben Curtis (1999-2000).
Richmond, who will be a senior on the team at Northern Kentucky and is a native of West Union, feels the same way. He believes Bernard has an advantage because he's already had his name engraved on the trophy once.
Ohio Amateur 36-hole scores
By The Associated Press
CANTON, Ohio (AP) - Second-round scores from the rain-shortened 107th Ohio Amateur golf championship at the 6,810-yard, par-71 Brookside Country Club:
Michael Bernard, Huber Hts. 66-68-134
Corey Richmond, West Union 63-71-134
Andrew Dorn, West Chester 66-69-135
Chase Wilson, Zanesville 67-70-137
Tyler Light, Massillon 67-71-138
Parker Hewit, Westfield Center 69-69-138
Nathan Clark, Dublin 70-69-139
Daniel Belden, Akron 70-69-139
Jon Clark, Clinton 71-69-140
Christopher Burger, Cincinnati 71-70-141
Alex Pietrandrea, Cincinnati 72-69-141
Sam Geise, Centerville 72-69-141
David Tepe, Liberty Twp. 72-71-143
Korey Ward, West Chester 71-72-143
Alex Andrews, Kirtland 76-67-143
Aaron Bickle, Lancaster 72-71-143
Byron Firestone, Canton 75-68-143
Thomas Dunne, Dublin 74-69-143
Beau Titsworth, Avon 74-70-144
Jeff Mallette, North Canton 74-70-144
Tim Morrow, Boardman 72-72-144
Dillon Klein, Tiffin 71-73-144
Nathan Kerns, Ironton 72-72-144
Connor Dudley, Fremont 71-74-145
Robert Schustrich, Windham 74-71-145
Ryan Wenzler, Dayton 73-72-145
John Chaney, Shaker Hts. 75-70-145
Otto Black, Pinckney, Mich. 74-71-145
Nate Yankovich, Blacklick 73-73-146
Marcus Hunt, Port Clinton 72-74-146
Peter Samborsky II, Dayton 72-74-146
Nicolas Paxson, Cincinnati 71-75-146
Conor O'Hea, Middletown 76-70-146
Nicholas Scott, Union 73-73-146
Bryan Yeo, Litchfield 76-70-146
Logan Jones, Dublin 78-69-147
Kevin Grabeman, Columbus 72-75-147
Mac McLaughlin, Cleveland 75-72-147
Jeffrey Scohy, Bellbrook 76-72-148
Bill Williamson, Cincinnati 76-72-148
Mark Borlin, Solon 74-74-148
David French, Columbus 76-72-148
John Mancinotti, Toledo 73-75-148
Dennis Holub, Reminderville 77-71-148
Nathan Tarter, Mogadore 74-74-148
Tim Crouch, Mt.Vernon 75-73-148
Bobby Thomas, Tecumseh, Mich. 75-73-148
Robert Gerwin, Cincinnati 74-74-148
Matthew Renner, Hilliard 73-76-149
Erik Hoops, Perrysburg 72-77-149
Andrew Montooth, Columbus 76-73-149
Tristan Lewis, Pepper Pike 74-75-149
Michael Schmidt, Cincinnati 73-76-149
Mert Selamet, Dublin 73-76-149
Matt Kern, Springboro 73-76-149
Alan Fadel, Toledo 74-76-150
Mark Monfort, Columbus 75-75-150
Jonathan Ransone, Hilliard 72-78-150
Josh Wick, Columbus 75-76-151
Clark Engle, Springfield 76-75-151
Seth Brenneman, Columbus 76-75-151
Patrick Luth, Medina 76-75-151
Stephen Spalding, Stow 76-75-151
Blake Foutty, Canal Fulton 75-76-151
Jacob Stasiulewicz, Galena 76-75-151
Andrew Thompson, Pickerington 74-78-152
Nick Lambos, Canton 80-72-152
Blake Tucker, Findlay 78-74-152
Bob Dyer, Dayton 73-79-152
Jonathan Martis, Chagrin Falls 78-74-152
Ben Hogenkamp, Minster 75-78-153
F.T. Roewer, Dublin 79-74-153
Chad Ransom, Blacklick 77-76-153
Vin Cahill, Hilliard 76-77-153
Kris O'Donnell, Powell 72-81-153
Eugene O'Byrne, Massillon 81-72-153
Joe Malone, Highland Hts. 77-76-153
Scott Anderson, Columbus 80-73-153
Benjamin Tuttle, Columbus 76-77-153
Collin Holmes, Avon Lake 77-76-153
Chandler Spees, Dayton 82-71-153
Nick Paxos, Canton 76-77-153
Joshua Brooks, Ashland 75-78-153
Grant Weaver, Wooster 80-73-153
Matt Williams, Springfield 77-77-154
Alex DiPalma, Waite Hill 80-74-154
Jake Brinker, Amelia 81-73-154
John Tidenberg, North Canton 77-77-154
Jake Miller, Granville 80-74-154
Cleo Trumbull, Waterville 76-78-154
David Becher, Dublin 74-80-154
Luke Schumann, Dayton 77-78-155
Nicholas Montes, Pickerington 75-80-155
Doug Gage, Dayton 75-80-155
Ryan Fowler, Warren 78-77-155
Alex Simson, Columbus 85-71-156
Jared Wissinger, Hilliard 77-79-156
Nick Reardon, Dublin 78-78-156
Logan Holt, Plain City 76-81-157
Alec Tahy, Dayton 78-79-157
Mark Mickley, Howard 79-78-157
Samuel Meek, Cincinnati 78-79-157
Brian Van De Motter, Rocky River 80-77-157
Ryan Kelleher, Upper Arlington 73-84-157
Kyle Kmiecik, Kent 76-82-158
Jacob English, Westerville 78-80-158
Peter Hammar, Orlando, Fla. 79-79-158
Kyle Kellogg, Columbus 75-83-158
Brooks Curry, Franklin 80-78-158
Jake Nolan, Columbus 80-79-159
John Burger, Cincinnati 79-80-159
Joey Arcuri, Cincinnati 80-79-159
Warren Cohen, Shaker Hts. 82-77-159
Jeffrey Czerniakowski, Sylvania 77-82-159
Ryan Wilkinson, Prospect 80-79-159
Brian Belden, Canton 80-79-159
David Yeazell, West Chester 83-77-160
Kyle Burgess, Lancaster 82-79-161
Matthew Elliott, Columbus 85-76-161
Mike Haynes, Gallipolis 76-85-161
Richard Denny, Germantown 81-80-161
Paul Minko, Strongsville 79-82-161
Jimmy Wolf, Granville 82-80-162
Anthony Maroon, Westlake 84-79-163
Dustin Lieber, Norwalk 83-80-163
Chad Cramer, Napoleon 78-85-163
Roger Johnson, Dayton 81-84-165
John Furlong, Medina 87-78-165
Josh Veith, Plain City 87-85-172
Austin Schreiber, Medina 80-DQ
Philip Martin, Akron 86-WD
Tim Richey, Dublin 71-WD
Chad Bolt, Grove City 83-WD
Chris Sabo, Cincinnati 83-WD
Conner Lash, Centerville 81-WD
Buck Baumann, Fremont 76-WD
Ben O'Bryan, Maineville 81-WD
Christopher Reese, Cedarville 82-WD
Tyler Hawk, Cincinnati 80-WD
Kirby Doidge, Van Wert 95-WD
Jake Fait, Boardman 78-DQ
Jesse Chiero, Westerville 79-WD
David Stover, Pepper Pike DQ
Mark Maynard, Medina WD
It's not like it's a two-horse race, either. There are eight players within five shots, a dozen within seven. Those back a ways will be firing at the pins on greens that are still wet from monsoon-like weather that swept through the area and disrupted play on Tuesday and again on Wednesday.
For the first time since Steve Anderson won at Sharon Golf Club in 1990, the Ohio Amateur champion will be decided over 54 holes instead of 72.
Andrew Dorn, a Coastal Carolina player who captured the prestigious North & South Amateur title on Saturday, is just a shot back after rounds of 66 and 69.
The West Chester native will be in the same threesome with Richmond and Bernard.
"It would really mean a lot to me," he said of the possibility of winning the title. "There's so many great players who have played in Ohio as an amateur and who have won the trophy. To have my name on the trophy with them would be unbelievable."
Three shots off the lead at 137 after rounds of 67 and 70 is Chase Wilson of Zanesville, a recent graduate of High Point University who will have the advantage of playing out of sight and out of mind of those in the pressure-packed final group.
He wants to use the tournament as a springboard to his pro career.
"This could be my very last amateur event," he said. "I have a few mini-tour events I want to play before qualifying school this fall. Other than that, I've just been playing. I took just under a month off after school. I had kind of overused my wrist and injured it so I was healing up. I feel good now."
At 4-under 138 are Tyler Light, a Massillon native who plays at Malone University, and Parker Hewit, a recent Bowling Green graduate from Westfield Center.
Like the others lurking near the lead, Light intends to wait before he has to make a move.
"I'm not going to try to do anything real stupid. If I start making putts, I'll just let it happen," he said. "I'm not going to force anything."
Most of the fireworks will be lit by the lead threesome.
"I'm just going to go out there and have fun and try to win this thing," said Richmond. "Make some putts, hit some fairways, hit some greens and have some fun."
Bernard is a perennial contender at the Ohio Amateur, despite a spotty high-school career and what he called a mediocre first season at Ohio State.
Asked why he seems to be at his best in the Buckeye state's biggest amateur event, he said, "It seems like all of the courses we play at the Ohio Am fit my game. They're usually not particularly long compared to some of the stuff you play in college. They're usually not the hardest courses from tee to green but they usually have difficult greens. And I would say the best part of my game is putting and my short game. So I can definitely make up a lot of strokes on the greens on these types of courses."
Dorn is still haunted by losing an Ohio Juniors title in 2008 on the last green before a throng of family and friends. He spoke of the one-shot loss as if it were still fresh in his mind.
"When I was younger, I just missed out on the Ohio Junior, so it's always been a summer goal of mine to compete and win the Ohio Amateur championship," he said. "The way I've been playing lately, I had really high expectations coming in here. I'm just going to go play my game and see what happens."