MOUNT VERNON — A slow start proved costly for the Mount Vernon golf team Saturday.
The Yellow Jackets struggled in the first few holes of the 2013 Kent Miller Colonial Fall Invitational before righting their ship. But, in the end, they finished second by just one stroke to champion Dublin Jerome, 312-313.
“I told the guys before the round that one or two putts here or there would decide it and today it did,” said Mount Vernon coach Mike Fuller. “But, I’m proud of the way we bounced back after our rough start.”
The Jackets’ seniors — Chase Springer and Justin Fairchild — both had their share of troubles early, but were able to turn things around. After a 9 on the par-5 third hole that helped him go to 8 over par, Springer finished the rest of the round 1 under par to shoot a 79 for the day. Fairchild was also 8 over after three holes, but finished strong, ending at 81.
“Our two seniors struggled right off the bat, but after they got their minds back in it, they turned it around,” Fuller said. “Both were able to right the ship. They never gave up, kept battling. It just wasn’t quite enough today. I’m really proud of them not giving up. They could have bagged it at that point.”
The Jackets did have an individual finish in the top 10 as junior Adam O’Hara fired a 3-over-par 75. That came after a bogey, bogey start.
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