Athlete of the Week
BY BROOKE ROBERTSON
At the age of 13, Patrick "Reilly" McMahon is making a name for himself on the golf course.
He recently returned from competing in the U.S. Kids European
Championship--which ran May 27 to 30--at the Luftness New Golf Course in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland. In a pool of 53 13-year-olds from around the world, McMahon finished second with scores of 79, 72, and 72. He was also the No. 1 non-European competitor.
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McMahon, who had never been to Europe, said that everything was different abroad, from the cars and roads to the weather. On the golf course, McMahon faced 40 mph winds and rain.
"I've gotten more used to playing in the rain, but I'm used to the sun," McMahon said.
Despite the weather and unfamiliarity working against him, McMahon still managed to land on top, and enjoyed his time in Scotland.
"That was a really great experience," he said.
McMahon also made it to St. Andrews Old Course in Scotland--the historic home of British Opens. While there, he achieved one of his best scores to date: a 69. McMahon's St. Andrews scorecard was bronzed, with pending plans to display it in his bedroom.
He said he likes golf because "it's outdoors there are different conditions, different courses--there's always a different layout."
Golfing has always been a personal challenge for McMahon. Neither of his parents play, and he doesn't like to listen to anyone else's advice on his game.
"I don't usually listen to what people tell me to do," he explained. "If I do something wrong, I can just blame it on myself."
Most days after school, McMahon practices at the Rancho Maria Golf Course, until when he goes home to finish his homework. He also plays golf almost every weekend.
It's hard to believe that McMahon, who graduated as an honor student at Orcutt Junior High School, has a life outside of golf and school. But golf is not his only interest.
McMahon enjoys skateboarding and playing basketball in his free time.
"I get bored of [golf] a lot," he said.
But golf remains his primary focus, and this will be a busy summer for him. He'll compete in the AJGA All Star Tournament in Cornelius, N.C., and the local AJGA All Star Tournament at Marshallia. In July, McMahon plans to compete in the Callaway Junior World Tournament in San Diego, and as a member of the 14-year-old boys division in the U.S. Kids World Championship at Pinehurst.
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