Quin wins his first “Major” event: The Carolinas Golf Association Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational. I’ll paste in the excellent reporting from the CGA:
“As for the Boys, Quinlan Polin of Cary, N.C. absolutely dazzled in his opening round at Mimosa Hills. Polin recorded nine birdies in his round en route to a fiery 6-under-par, 64 that vaulted him into first place.
Polin’s start propelled him forward right away, as he recorded birdies on holes 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 to birdie five of his first seven holes. Through 15 holes Polin sat at 3-under-par for the Championship before he finished with a flurry of birdies on holes 16, 17, and 18 to spearhead the leaderboard.
“In the Boys’ Division Quinlan Polin of Cary, N.C. came away with a nail biting victory, finishing just one shot clear of the field at 6-under-par for his first Carolinas Golf Championship.
“It’s pretty dope, I won’t lie,” said Polin. “I played really well this week, and had nine birdies yesterday. Today was more of a slow round.”
His first round of 6-under-par, 64 that included nine birdies proved to be the difference in this event, as an even par round of 70 on Sunday did just enough to secure the trophy. Polin’s ball striking was the key this week, leading to plenty of birdie opportunities.
“The ball striking was good,” said Polin. “I just couldn’t drop any putts but that last stretch of golf the pins were so tough. Pars were good score and I’m just happy I got it done, but my ball striking and driving was definitely the main factor.”
Polin’s preparation in his practice round prior to the event paid off in a big way, as prior knowledge of Mimosa Hills is always helpful in knowing the right spots to be. “I played a practice round and I really loved the golf course,” said Polin. “It really fits my eye. I love the greens and how well maintained this place is. The way the tournament was run overall as well it was just amazing.”