PDT Sports Editor
After not meeting his own expectations in the opening round, Mitchell McFarland shot par over the final two rounds to finish 21st in the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior tournament at the Bellefonte Country Club in Ashland, Ky.
After the opening 18 holes, McFarland stood at 71st overall in the American Junior Golf Association event. After the second round, McFarland worked his way up the leader board from 71st to 30th.
“(To have a chance to win) My goal every tournament is to play bogey free,” McFarland told the Daily Times after the second round.
For the second and third round, McFarland overcame a few mistakes to jump up the leader board. The Wheelersburg High School standout shot six bogeys but unlike the opening round, he made six birdies to stay the course.
In an interview with the Daily Times after the second round, McFarland acknowledged he was shooting for a final round of 68.
The AJGA is one of the premiere junior tours in the country. It’s treated much like the PGA tour. Players can only be invited to the tournaments, which is based on different factors such has tournament performance. This is the 30th year for the AJGA tour.
McFarland currently has a 3.5 GPA at Wheelersburg and is being recruited Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Michigan, Northern Illinois, Akron and Illinois.
McFarland has a list of accomplishments to accompany his love of the game of golf. He is a Golfweek Midwest Tour first year team all Midwest for 2012 and 2013, Golfweek Midwest Junior Tour player of the year champion in 2012, Golfweek Midwest Junior Tour player of the year in 2011, Tri-State Junior Golf Tour player of the year in 2011 and 2012, Junior All-American — Plantations Junior Golf Tour in 2010, and Southeast Ohio District Golf Coaches Tour Player of the Year, among many other accomplishments.
McFarlands next golf outings are listed below:
AJGA Junior All Star at Red Tail — June 17-20 in Avon, Ohio
Ohio Junior at Oasis — June 24-26 in Cincinnati, Ohio
USGA Junior Am at Moundbuilders — July 1 in Newark, Ohio
AJGA Memorial at OSU Scarlet — July 15-18 in Columbus, Ohio
AJGA Stonehenge — July 29 - Aug. 1 in Warsaw, Ind.
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