Ohio prep star dies in fiery crash
Sunday, August 15, 2010
One of Ohio’s top high school golfers was killed in a high-speed crash early Aug. 12 north of Cincinnati.
Jordan Day, 16, of West Chester, died in a single-car accident on Interstate 75. According to an Ohio Highway Patrol report cited by The Cincinnati Enquirer, a trooper had clocked the 1998 Lexus GS 400 at 122 mph before it hit a concrete median, careened across the highway and crashed into a parked tractor-trailer and burst into flames.
Day, who was alone in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
Last year as a sophomore at Lakota East High School, Day had averaged 38.4 strokes per nine holes, second in the Greater Miami Conference to state champion Korey Ward of rival Lakota West.
“I thought he was one of the top five players in the area,” Lakota East coach Jeff Combs told the Dayton Daily News. “He had a great, great summer. I feel like I lost a son. I’ve gotten really close with him. I really feel for his parents right now.”
George Lang, a West Chester Township trustee and neighbor of the Day family in the Wetherington Country Club community, told the Daily News, “He was always at the golf course. He was always practicing or playing,’’ adding that Day was “just a good kid who loved to play golf.’’
Day had moved with his parents, Randy and Brenda, from Chino, Calif., last summer for his father’s new job, according to news reports. Day had two older sisters on the West Coast.
“He was our leader,” Combs said. “He was the one all the guys looked to. He was our No. 1 player. The kids would joke that he’s their personal pro. He’d pull a guy aside and help him on his chipping or putting. They looked up to him for his dedication and desire.”
The family has asked that donations be sent to the Jordan Day Scholarship Fund in care of Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township, Ohio 45044.