Three players flirted with 59 during the 2006-07 college golf season. Each came up short and finished with 60.
Entering the 2008 season, I was certain a sub-60 round was in the near future. Matthew Carvell of Southeastern Louisiana almost made my prediction come true to start the season, but once again finished at 60.
We have seen a ton of red numbers this summer and rounds in the 50s. Incoming Alabama freshman Bobby Wyatt recorded a 57 to win the Alabama State Junior Championship and Trevor Murphy fired a 56 in a Nationwide Tour pro-am. On the biggest stage – the PGA Tour Paul Goydos posted a 59 at the John Deere Classic and Stuart Appleby closed with a 59 to win the Greenbrier Classic last weekend.
With the college season just a little over a month away, we have to believe that a sub-60 round is going to be posted in a collegiate tournament this year. If it’s not going to happen naturally, then I propose to the coaches, tournament directors or whomever it may be, to make sure we see a record round in the college game.
You all know how to do it: easy hole locations, reachable par 5s, low rough and a course setup that is a little shorter on the total yardage.
Why do I propose this to be designed and not just let it happen on its own? Because college golf needs this to happen. College golf needs a boost to the masses and a little more awareness, even if it is self-induced on how good these players are.
Wyatt appeared on ESPN after his amazing round. Goydos and Appleby made national headlines. Even Murphy got a lot of play for a 56, despite playing on a course less than 6,000 yards.
This summer alone I have seen the college fishing championships, college wood-chopping championship, college sailing championship and college rugby championship on television. Maybe a few scores in the 50s will get the attention of some who do not follow the game as closely as everyone reading this blog.
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College players to shoot 60:
- Southeastern’s Louisiana’s Matthew Carvell (2008 Aldila Scenic City Invitational)
- Washington’s Zach Bixler (2007 Alister Mackenzie Invitational)
- Duke’s Michael Schachner (2007 NCAA Championship)
- BYU’s Daniel Summerhays (2006 Ping/Golfweek Preview)
- Washington’s Brock Mackenzie (2003 Oregon Duck Invitational)
- Georgia Tech’s Bryce Molder (2000 Palmetto Dunes Invitational)
- Arizona State’s Paul Casey (1999 Pac-10 Championship)