October 14, 2011 > Irvington H.S. grad conquers Firestone Invitational
Irvington H.S. grad conquers Firestone Invitational
Submitted By Frank McClung (from now on known as 'Mac's Dad')
Mac just won his first college golf tournament October 11 at the Firestone Invitational in Akron, OH. Not only did Mac win, but his score propelled St. Mary's to the team title as well. The St. Mary's team now has 2 wins in their first four events this year and will most likely be ranked in the top 25 in the nation when new rankings are posted.
As some of you know in most college events they play 36 holes the first day (carrying their own bags, no caddies allowed) and then 18 more on the second day. Mac had been playing well this year with three top 25 finishes, but was not getting as much out of his scoring as he had been expecting. Last week at Edgewood (South Lake Tahoe, Ca) he finally got a good result in the final round, 70 in very blustery conditions. That tied for the second lowest round of the entire event.
Mac's first 18 was solid and he finished birdie, birdie for a 71. Unfortunately, that was the low score for our team in that round and we were in ninth place going to round two (BTW - They don't stop, they just keep playing). Well the afternoon was something special. Mac fired a -6 (66) and led the team to a -9 score that put Mac in first place and the team one shot off the lead. When the players and teams were reseeded for Tuesday's final round, Mac was playing in the final group with the two guys who were a shot off the lead as individuals and whose teams (Indiana and SMU) were the leaders after day one.
I was a little nervous (to say the least) as I went to work Tuesday. I checked in with Golfstat for the first time right about the time that Mac should have been making the turn. When I looked at the scores I could not believe what I was seeing. Mac had put up five birdies in the first nine holes! I was hopping up and down, pumping my fist in the hallway like a crazy person. I figured that he must have looked over at the other two guys that he was playing with on the 10th tee and thought, "you guys got something for that!" He proceeded to close with eight pars and a bogie for a -4 (68) and won the event. He had three rounds under par (71-66-68) and won by four strokes!
You can read the article on the SMC web site: http://www.smcgaels.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=21400&SPID=12529&SPSID=101580