From winning the 5A high school state championship in 2016 to winning the Broncho Stampede, Missouri Western golfer Patrick McCarthy has been successful wherever he’s played.
McCarthy came to Western from Albuquerque, New Mexico, and said that Western was a great fit for him.
“I chose Missouri Western because the school fit me perfectly,” McCarthy said. “I went to a small high school so I knew that going to a big Division I school might not be the best thing for me. I really liked the set up of the school and I wanted to see a different part of the country so it just worked out perfect.”
Golf coach Greg Dillon knew that McCarthy was going to be a special talent.
“We knew he was going to be good coming out of high school,” Dillon said. “We were just so happy when he signed with us as a freshman. We knew that all he had was upside. Every time he goes out, he’s becoming more of a little bulldog where he fights hard.”
But despite all of the accolades McCarthy has racked up so far, he just enjoys the time he spends with his teammates.
“My favorite moment has been just being with my teammates day in and day out,” McCarthy said. “We are all such good friends and we’re all really close. We give each other a hard time but we have a lot of fun.”
Dillon said that McCarthy is a very enjoyable person to coach.
“He’s just a fun guy to be around,” Dillon said. “He’s not afraid you play a practical joke on me. Like he’ll pick out different mannerisms and will imitate people. He’s got my mannerisms on my golf swing. Sometimes he’ll line up like me or the other guys and he’s got them down.”
Dillon believes that McCarthy has grown into a leader for the team.
“When you play as good as he does your teammates are going to look up to you,” Dillon said. “He’s done well in the classroom and the golf course. I mean his actions are leading this team.”
McCarthy has finished in the top 10 13 times in his career, won two tournaments and tied for first in another. He also earned the 2017 MIAA Freshman of the Year and earned All-MIAA honors.
Through all these accomplishments McCarthy is thankful for his family.
“I just want to thank my family for all that they do for me every day,” McCarthy said. “The support me in so many ways I can’t thank them enough.”
McCarthy and Western golf will wrap up their season at the MIAA Tournament in Kansas City and then the NCAA Division II Central Region Championship in Findlay, Ohio, on May 7-9.