In just 3 months McLaughlin has captured five different titles. Winning The Hornblower Memorial Invitational in May, The Invitational in June, and The Massachusetts Amateur Championship in July. Most recently he won The Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship played at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA. This is a great accomplishment for such a young player.
These accomplishments didn’t come as easy to McLaughlin as you would think. About a year go he was planning to go back to The University of Virginia but his back injury disabled him from preforming his best. He took off the spring collegiate season and focused on getting healthy. Fans truly believe that his break in 2014 really propelled himself forward in being successful.
This statement really couldn’t be more true, he played one heck of a game on Wednesday to bring home to the win. McLaughlin had his final round on Wednesday, with a double bogey on the 410-yard, par 4 1st hole. He then suffered two bogies on his first five holes on the back nine.
In response to his performance McLaughin states, “I didn’t feel good with my swing at all today”…“Things just felt a little out of sync, but fortunately I played here enough to know where to miss it so I was able to control my misses, and I changed a couple of clubs off the tee.”
Understanding his weaknesses, he got back in the game when deciding to club down as he approached the 10th hole. He had played this hole numerous times, and knew how he could fix his past mistakes.
“I have been hitting driver there, but I had been hitting everything right and I knew that there was OB there. So I took out 4 iron just to get it into play. I hit that right because I knew that if I clubbed down it would still be in play. It was a little bit of knowing where to hit it and changing my plans a little bit. Ultimately no matter how bad it feels you have to commit and make as good of a swing as you can.”
When under pressure McLaughlin comes up with the best shots as needed. On the 17th hole he chipped four feet to the green for birdie, he then lofted a wedge shot to 20 feet on the 18th hole. He then only needed two putts for the championship title.
“Obviously 18 is no bargain of a wedge shot,” said McLaughlin. “It was one of those that never left the pin but came up short, but when all you need is five that was a good way to end.”
Mclaughin speaks of his recent accomplishments “What a summer,” said McLaughlin. “It’s tough to be done with playing up here because I have had such a great run, but on the other hand I am definitely looking forward to taking a little bit of a break. I was happy that I won on 18 because I don’t think that I had 19 in me.” On his long trip back to the University of Virginia which he departs for in just a few weeks, he will for sure reflect on the best summer of his life so far.
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