FALMOUTH, Maine — Shawn McLoughlin made history on Wednesday when he captured the 2013 New England Senior Amateur Championship with a two-round score of 5-over-par 145.
Not only did the 70-year-old from Newtown, Conn., win the overall title, but he was also handed the Super Senior Division trophy reserved for those age 65 and older. It marks the second time that he has won the overall title (2000) and the third time he has claimed the Super Senior Division title (2009, 2012).
“This was way beyond my expectations,” said McLoughlin. “This [event] was my first real win as a senior. I have won a number of tournaments after that, but this was the first one so it really feels good to come back and win again. This is where it all started for me.”
Following the first round of play, McLoughlin found himself just three strokes off the overall lead and tied for the Super Senior Division title with 65-year-old Robert Currey of Oyster Harbors Club in Massachusetts.
McLoughlin fired a 2-over 72 under gusty conditions in Falmouth but had to wait until Currey’s final hole to find out his fate. Currey missed an 18-foot par putt and settled for a tie for second place with Bill Hermanson of Connecticut at 146.
Robert Lynn of Massachusetts was fourth at 147. Tom Bean of Manchester and Augusta Country Club wound up tied for seventh at 149.
McLoughlin 2 under through five holes Wednesday but bogeyed three of his next four to make the turn at 1 over. He then carded seven straight pars and then watched as his approach on the 510-yard, par 5 16th hole hit the flagstick and drop within feet of the hole.
“The heartbreaker was 16,” said McLoughlin. “I was walking up to that putt and I was telling myself that if I knocked that in and then parred in from there I would shoot my age. And I really wanted to shoot my age. It didn’t happen. I missed the putt and bogeyed the next hole, but all in all I played pretty good.”
After a bogey on 17, McLoughlin parred 18 despite a poor tee shot and had to wait a half-hour to find out whether he was the champion.