What a difference a day makes. Several competitors had lower scores Sunday in the final round of the The Mackel, the New Orleans area’s amateur golf championship, at Oak Harbor Golf Club in Slidell.
Todd McPherson won this year’s open division crown with a 144. His Sunday score of 70 was four strokes lower than his opening-round mark.
McPherson edged Jack Abney, Saturday’s leader, by a stroke.
“Yesterday was really tough, and today I got off to a good start,” McPherson said. “I birdied the first four holes.
“I felt like the golf course was good. It was difficult yesterday, but overall played pretty decent.”
While he faced difficult conditions during the first round on the 6,800-yard, par-72 course, McPherson said it was the desire for a good score that drove him.
“You just want to do better,” he said. “It’s not anything special; it’s just trying to get the best score you can out of your rounds.”
Defending champion Buck Williams was one of the five golfers who finished tied for third with a 149.
High school sophomore Jacob Bergeron, who regularly plays at Oak Harbor, was one of the five. His final-round score of 72 was a five-shot decrease from Saturday.
“I had a rough day yesterday. I really didn’t putt great yesterday, and I didn’t really hit it that well,” he said. “Today, I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I gave myself a lot of looks and converted on most of them.”
What drives Bergeron is reaching one of his short-term goals.
“I’ve never really thought about that too much,” he said. “I guess it’s just my own burning desire to make it on to a highly ranked college team that drives me.”
In the senior division, Bart Dornier won with a 143. Dana Sutton won the super senior division with a 146.
“I did not hit a driver all day today,” Sutton said. “We hit a lot of irons off the tee. All the holes played very challenging with the wind and the ground was very hard and cool. Made some putts, that’s what made the difference.”