Riding a wave of momentum, Mitchell McFarland participated in one last golf tournament before his obligations to the Wheelersburg High School golf team resume during his senior season.
However, McFarland didn’t travel to Chicago to just participate in the tournament. He made the trek to the Windy City looking to make some noise.
As players from all over the country and Canada embarked on the Cog Hill Dubsdread Course for the Golf Week Midwest Junior Invitational, McFarland left quite an impression on the field as the Scioto County resident finished third. On the par-72 course, McFarland shot a 76 during the opening round and a 77 on the final day, which left him nine strokes over par, four shots off the lead.
McFarland’s third place finish comes a week after finishing seventh in the Memorial Junior tournament, which is sponsored by the American Junior Golf Association. Before the seventh place finish, McFarland tied for first place in a qualifying tournament, which allowed the Wheelersburg native to make the field at the Memorial Junior event.
The string of successful outings has McFarland confident as he prepares for his last attempt at a high school state championship.
“I always want to win but I’m happy to finish third,” McFarland said. “It’s good to know where my game is going into the fall season.”
The Dubsdread course isn’t an ordinary public golf course. It’s hosted some major PGA events, including the BMW Championship.
“It was a special experience to be able to compete at a course where the best of the best have played,” McFarland said. “I’m very blessed to have had the opportunity to play the Dubsdread course.”
According to McFarland, besides being a prestigious course, it’s also a very difficult place to play. It has deep bunkers around every green and the greens are extremely fast.
“It truly tested every aspect of my game,” McFarland said.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 1930, or on Twitter @crslone.