Virginia junior Nick McLaughlin wins Hornblower Memorial by one
Nick McLaughlin
Nick McLaughlin
PLYMOUTH, Mass. — The 51st running of the Hornblower Memorial Tournament saw just one player finish the 36-hole event under par. That was University of Virginia junior Nick McLaughlin, a native of New Castle, N.H., who posted rounds of 69 and 68 to shoot one-under 137 at the par-69 course at Plymouth Country Club.

First-round leader Tommy McCloskey, a junior at Berry College, opened with 67 on Friday, but fell back into a tie for ninth place after shooting 77 on Saturday.

McLaughlin's 68 was the lowest round of the final day, but Florida Southern freshman John VanDerLaan matched it to finish at even-par for the tournament, and grab the runner-up spot. The native of Southbury, Conn. birdied three of his last five holes to jump into second place.

Providence area junior golfer Patrick Welch, who just finished his freshman year of high school, finished in third place at three-over 141 while senior amateur player Jack Kearney took fourth place at 142.

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ABOUT THE Hornblower Memorial Invitational

Long running amateur invitational tournament named for Plymouth Country Club "Benefactor" Henry Hornblower who collaborated with the now defunct Pilgrim Hotel to create what is now Plymouth Country Club.

To create a resort complex, the hotel ceded enough land for 3 holes, Hornblower contributed enough for 6 more holes and Plymouth Country Club's first 9 hole course came to life. A brilliant investment advisor (founded Hornblower & Weeks, a leading investment firm in Boston) he not only drove his firm and his country club through the expansion in the 1920s, but even guided both through the perils of the Great Depression that followed. (More history is available on the tournament website.)

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