Griffon men’s golf finishes third in Vegas

Men's Golf Sports

In the desert conditions of Las Vegas, Western’s men’s golf team was able to come away with a third-place finish at the Winona State Invitational at Stallion Mountain Golf Club.
Western finished with a score of 594 and was lead by sophomore Patrick McCarthy, who finished tied for second as an individual with one-under-par 143. This is Western’s fourth top-five finishes in the six tournaments they’ve played in this season.
Coach Greg Dillon felt that the team learned how to finish.
“The hardest thing in competition in any sport is to finish,” Dillon said. “That is just being mentally strong and making a shot when you really need to. The first day we were rusty. The second day was fun to watch. We showed signs of keeping a round together.”
Dillon was proud of McCarthy’s second-day performance.
“Pat McCarthy ‘s 67 the last day was epic,” Dillon said. “Five birdies, 13 pars and no bogies. Finishing second was huge.”
McCarthy credits his second day to a conversation he had with his dad after the first day.
“I had a conversation with my dad after the game through text,” McCarthy said. “He watched me and went over a few things with me. My first day I was worried about my final score, but on the second day I was taking it one shot at a time.”
Dillon felt that the team adapted well to the desert conditions in Nevada.
“We only had half a day to get use to the conditions here in the desert,” Dillon said. “For the most part, this was the first time any of our kids played in the desert. I thought they adapted well by day two.”
McCarthy agrees with Dillon that the team adapted well to the desert weather.
“While I’ve played on courses in similar the in those conditions, the conditions were great though,” McCarthy said. “It was around 75 degrees and there was no wind. It’s just that the air is lighter there and the ball travels farther in Las Vegas.”
Despite the high finishes, McCarthy believes that the team hasn’t reached its full potential quite yet. He says that he thinks the team will continue to improve.
Freshman Tom Buffington got second career top ten finish with a three-over-par 147 performance.
Western will travel to Waterloo, Iowa, to compete in the Upper Iowa Invitational on March 29-30.