Macy Pate is a sophomore at Ronald Reagan High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the #1 ranked golfer in the state and previously won the state championship as a freshman. Her team won the state championship last year and at this moment is ranked the #1 team in the country this year. Pretty impressive stuff.
However, this one clearly tops the cake. She shot a record-setting 57 at Bermuda Run West Golf Course. She shot 14 birdies, which included a blistering 10 birdies in a row. Par on the course is 71, which is a great score, particularly in high school golf. Macy was 14 strokes below par. “I started on No. 7 and got off to a good start by making birdie on three of the first four holes,” Macy said. “But I just kept hitting my wedge shots really close, and my putter was hot, so it was a great combination.”
Joe’s Perspective: I’m sure most of you reading this blog have never played golf and maybe cannot appreciate this stellar performance. For comparison sakes, shooting a 59 on the PGA tour is rarified air. Only 11 touring pros have ever shot a 59 in competition. Only Jim Furyk has broken that mark with a 58. Annika Sorenstam is the only female to ever shoot a 59 on the LPGA tour. And, here comes this 16-year-old sophomore who surpasses them all with a 57. She simply nailed it, firing on all cylinders. It will be interesting to see how her future unfolds.
On a side note, last week I wrote about a soccer player who scored 16 goals in one game, setting a national record – https://characterandleadership.com/17-0-breaking-a-national-record-or-poor-sportsmanship/. He was crucified in the press for poor sportsmanship and the coach was vilified for allowing him to score repeatedly against an inferior opponent. This girl annihilates the competition and sets a state record. My guess is no one complained about her dominance after the round. The coach wasn’t critiqued for allowing her to sink another birdie putt. I get it. I know it’s not comparing apples to apples (individual sport vs. team sport), but since it’s fresh in my mind, I thought I would mention it for comparison’s sake. Sometimes you just have to admire greatness.
Your Turn: What do you think of Macy’s amazing performance?