WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (May 9, 2006) --Shawn McLoughlin of Connecticut’s Ridgewood Country Club won the 79th MGA Senior Amateur Championship today in dramatic fashion at Mountain Ridge Country Club. After barely making the cut after a first-round 79, McLoughlin fired an even-par round of 71 today to force a sudden-death playoff with Mountain Ridge member Ned Steiner. Both players finished with 8-over-par totals of 150.
The playoff took place on the uphill, 412-yard 18th hole, with its treacherous green that had given players fits all day. McLoughlin and Steiner both drove into the trees on the right and had to hit recovery shots well short of the green. Steiner went on to make double bogey, while McLoughlin played a superb chip shot to three feet above the hole and two-putted for a bogey. It is his second MGA Senior Amateur title, the other coming in 2001 at Inwood Country Club.
“From worst to first!” McLoughlin remarked after the round. “I drove the ball well today and hit a lot of greens. In the playoff I was just trying to get the ball to stay on that upper tier so it wouldn’t roll all the way back off the front. I got lucky with the distance on that chip.”
Conditions were difficult again today at Mountain Ridge, with cool winds making scoring difficult. But McLoughlin started out hot, shooting a four-under 32 on the front nine with birdies on the 3rd, 7th, 8th and 9th holes. He shot 39 on the back, and after a double bogey at No. 17 when he says “I got greedy,” his chances did not seem good. But when leaders Stephen Rose and Jay Green faltered coming in, the playoff was set.
“This is big,” said McLoughlin. “I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished, winning Senior Amateurs in New England, Connectuicut and Westchester. Now to win this twice, it really puts me in some very good company.”
Jay Green of Alpine Country Club finished in 3rd place with 151, and Mark Mulvoy of Apawamis, Stephen Rose of Fresh Meadow and Dennis Slezak of Knickerbocker finished tied for 4th at 152. Television talk show host Maury Povich tied for 7th at 153.
For complete results, click on the tournament link above.