PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 11, 2008)--They say you can't dance with the champ, you've gotta knock him out.
Well, 20-year-old Stetson University golfer David McAndrew did just that when he halted Brad Valois' bid to become the first golfer in 50 years, and fourth all-time, to win the Rhode Island State Amateur three times in a row.
McAndrew was amazing, carding 11 birdies (some conceded) and an eagle over 31 holes, while Valois was mererly great in notching six birdies in the morning 18, including 5 in the first ten holes.
“I had six birdies this morning and I was 1-down at the turn,” Valois told the Providence Journal. "“When a guy shoots (7-under) he’s tough to beat, he played great. He deserved it.”
McAndrew closed the morning 18 with a pair of birdies, then started the second 18 going birdie, birdie, eagle.
After rattling off a string of pars, he birdied holes 28-30, sending the match to dormie. It was over one hole later, adding McAndrew's name to the record books along with some other notable golfers from his home Rhode Island Country Club.
“Anytime you’re in the same sentence as Brad Faxon, Brett Quigley, Billy Andrade and whoever else has won, even Paul Quigley, he’s in the Hall of Fame in Rhode Island, it’s an honor,” he told the ProJo. “I’m going to try to enjoy the moment.”
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