Young Melbourne golfer wins junior college golf championship.
Update: Contrary to early reports, Jake Stirling is the second Australian to win the individual medal at the NJCAA Div I Men’s Golf Championship.
Australian golfer Jake Stirling has become the second Australian to win the individual medal at the 2012 NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship.
Stirling, 22, is a member of Victoria Golf Club
and has spent several years at Meridian Community College
in Mississippi. He claimed the individual title at the prestigious championship by taking the lead and then making crucial pars on his final two holes to edge out his nearest rival by just one shot.
Moving one shot ahead with two holes to play in the four round tournament, Stirling made a remarkable up-and-down on the 71st hole. He finished with a par on the final hole to claim victory with a final round 1-under par 71 at the Sand Creek Station golf course in Kansas.
“It was really tough out there today,” said Stirling, who had three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars. “It got even windier as the day went on, but I just stuck with my game plan. If there was no rough in front of the green, I left it short.”
Stirling is a previous club champion at Victoria Golf Club and looks set to follow in the footsteps of previous club champions Geoff Ogilvy and James Nitties. He returns to Australia this week with a plan to turn professional at the end of the year, after turning down countless scholarship offers at American colleges.
“It really means a lot to me,” said Stirling, “This was my last college event in America, so that makes it really sweet.”