This is the fifth edition of what is a weekly installment in The Brown and White sports section. The Must-See Mountain Hawk series gives recognition to one of Lehigh’s top performers.
Earning medalist honors at the Matthews Auto Collegiate Invitational on Monday, freshman Owen Quinn of the Lehigh men’s golf team secures this week’s Must-See Mountain Hawk award.
The tournament was held at in Apalachin, New York, and spanned over two days. After round one, Quinn said he was satisfied with his performance finishing the first day three under par.
Taking the positives from a good start into round two, Quinn stayed within the leaders and finished strong, shooting a birdie on the seventh and eighth hole, then closing with an eagle on the ninth. His ending shots pulled him ahead by one, beating Lafayette College’s Will Halamandaris, the second place finisher.
Despite his first place finish, Quinn was behind the whole tournament. The thought of winning didn’t cross his mind until he birdied the eighth hole getting him four under par for the day and nine under par overall.
“I figured if I made one more birdie or if I made eagle, I might have a chance,” Quinn said. “Thankfully I hit my two best shots in there.”
Quinn prepares for his matches slow and steady. He tries to stay as calm as he can and limit his warmup reps. Once the rounds begin he focuses on staying in the moment, taking it one shot at a time.
“Not losing my concentration is really what pushed me forward and allowed me to have the good finish that I did,” Quinn said.
Quinn and the Mountain Hawks will return to action next Tuesday for the annual Presidents’ Cup match play event against rival Lafayette.