Matthew McEwen, a freshman from Churchland High, recently qualified for the VHSL high school state golf tournament in Abingdon, VA.
McEwen’s two-day score of 154 was good enough for third place in the regional golf tournament at Williamsburg National Golf Club. His regional score was good enough to advance him to the state tournament, while at the same time earning him All-Region honors and a bronze medal.
And even though the golf team’s regional score wasn’t low enough to make it to states as a team, McEwen’s individual score assured him a tee time with some of the best high school golfers in the state.
McEwen has been playing golf ever since he was three years old, with his dad as his coach and his mom as his biggest supporter.
He said that golf has been something he’s taken seriously his whole life.
McEwen has played in many VSGA junior tournaments, as well as the U.S. Kids World Championship.
He is very excited to be in his first high school state tournament. His mother, CHS English teacher Patricia McEwen, stated that Matthew has always wanted to play golf in college, seeing his dad is a professional.
When asked how he thinks he’ll do at the state tournament, McEwen said, “As a freshman, I think I’ll just play my best and see what happens.”
Two days and thirty-six holes later, Matthew placed 12th out of 44 in the state tournament, a great feat for a freshman. He shot a 150 for the two days and bested his regional score by four strokes.
“I think he did fantastic. I definitely think he’s a college player,” said Coach Bolduc.
Bolduc and others believe Matthew will excel greatly in the seasons to come.
Photos: Kevin Bolduc