WEST BOYLSTON – Before Owen Quinn turned pro this fall, he had some unfinished business on Sunday and that was hitting three peat on his home course as the Worcester County amateur champion.
The ardent Quinn shot an impressive 65 to top the leaderboard and easily win another Worcester County amateur title at Wachusett Country Club.
“Today was one of the best golf games I’ve played,” said 22-year-old Quinn, who shot one day best on Saturday at Kettle Brook Golf Course. “I played really well today. I did not do anything special. I’ve just hit a lot of solid golf shots. It was nice to win it for the third time in a row. It was definitely my best tournament round here. “
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Quinn, who lives in Holden and recently graduated from Lehigh, finished the two-day event with an impressively low score of 133, which was 11 under par and seven strokes lower than 18-year-old ascending phenom Ethan Whitney, who shot 70 for a second straight day and finished second at 140 in his first Worcester County amateur.
“I’m super happy with my performance,” said Whitney, a new St. John’s graduate and T&G Home Team Athlete of the Year who will run for Quinn’s uncle Brian Quinn at Temple University. “It was the first time that I merged two laps under par. I am definitely very satisfied with that. You cannot control what others are doing. You have to let (Quinn) do his thing. He hit me. I would have much rather been in my place than his. “
Sam Barton, Quinn’s teammate at Lehigh, was solid all weekend, finishing third with two shots behind Whitney (72 on Sunday, 142 overall).
“It’s always good to shoot two rounds under par,” said Barton. “That was definitely a good thing. I have never seen either course before. It was my first time playing here. I was happy with the way I played. I was confident when I walked in. I didn’t know what to expect, but it didn’t really surprise me. “
Ray Dennehy, Ollie Cordeiro and 2018 Champion Kyle Tibbetts shared fourth place overall with 145. Both Denehy and Tibbetts shot a 71 on Sunday.
Another Mountain Hawks golfer and Quinn’s teammate, David Hurly, had 146 total over two days, followed by Brendan Hesters 147.
Quinn is only the second golfer to win three consecutive amateur tournaments in Worcester County. Mass Golf Hall of Famer Frank Vana from Marlboro CC won three times in a row from 1997 to 1999.
Owen’s father Fran, a professional golfer, won the first two Worcester County Amateurs in 1986 and 1987. After a strong weekend at Dick’s Sporting Goods Open this weekend at the PGA Tour Champions, Fran Quinn took a 77 on Sunday and dropped from 10th to 49th place.
Last year, Quinn held out the win with one shot while finishing a respectable five under par. He won a playoff two years ago, so the classic this summer was certainly far less stressful. Quinn shagged an eagle and just a bogey six times on Sunday.
“It was nice to go out there and get a really good result and then take control of the tournament,” said Quinn. “It was a great experience to play in these tournaments.”
“He’s in great shape,” said Tibbetts. “He was great. Owen played ridiculously good golf. “
The only flaw on this otherwise almost perfect excursion was the third hole, where Quinn’s bogey performed.
“I took it into the fairway,” Quinn said. “I missed a five-foot for par.”
At this point, Quinn and Whitney were bound, but the former regrouped and eventually withdrew. Whitney, birdies on the first two holes, earned Quinn’s respect.
“I was able to play solidly the rest of the way,” said Quinn. “(Whitney) is a great player. He has shown a lot of experience and competitiveness. He’s showing a lot of maturity out there. He’s smart on the golf course. He’s a great kid to play with. He’s super nice. “
“I wanted to do birdies and put the pressure on him to get good shots,” said Whitney, who appreciated Quinn’s kind words and praise. “That was my game plan coming out today.”
There’s no rest for the tired as Quinn drives to the Trans Mississippi Amateur on Monday Tuesday through Friday at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Maple Plain in Minneapolis.
Then it’s off to Mass Am on July 12th at the Brae Burn Country Club in Newton.
“I’ve still been an amateur all summer but I look forward to the professional golf world,” said Quinn.
33-year-old Tibbetts, meanwhile, was delighted to recover from a disappointing finish on Saturday as he bogeyed four of his last six holes.
“I had an eagle in 10,” said Tibbetts, who played in St. John’s and Providence. “I was fucking when I was 14 and 18 when I walked in (to the clubhouse). It was a nice lap under par and we will take it. “
Tibbetts, who was also at Mass later that month. Amateur plans to recruit another Worcester County amateur.
“Nobody has hit me since Owen,” Tibbetts said jokingly. “I won the last one before that.”
In the Senior Division, Michael Mertes shot a 149 (76, 73) and held Douglas Parigian (76, 75) with two strokes (151).
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