Ashburn, Va (July 15, 2015) – Former Middleburg Academy golfer and longtime Elite Performance Golf Academy student Maclain Huge wins VA State Am. Chances are you wouldn’t have found Maclain Huge’s name on many lists of favorites to win the 102nd Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship.
“Compared to other Virginia state players that play in the Amateur every year and everything, not a lot of people had me on the radar,” Huge said while awaiting the presentation of the Schwarzschild Brothers Trophy, emblematic of victory in the VSGA Amateur, Friday afternoon at Farmington Country Club.
Huge’s name was being etched alongside some of the great names in Virginia golf history after he completed a 4 and 3 victory over 18-year-old Mark Lawrence Jr. (Hermitage Country Club, Richmond) in the scheduled 36-hole championship match.
“It’s awesome. It’s going to be on there forever,” said Huge, 21 (Loudoun G&CC, Lovettsville), who will be the only senior and a co-captain on the Virginia Tech golf team this fall. He’s visualized holding a winner’s trophy, but “it usually doesn’t come out that way. This week it has, so I’m feeling good about it.”
The last Virginia Tech golfer to win the VSGA Amateur was Connie Sellers of Roanoke in 1951.
Huge (pronounced Hew-ghee) held a 5-up lead after nine holes against Lawrence, who could have joined his father as a VSGA Amateur winner and would have become the first player to win the VSGA Junior Match Play and men’s Amateur titles in the same year. Lawrence won his third consecutive Junior Match Play championship last week.
After the two halved the first hole, Huge won the second with a par when Lawrence three-putted. Huge added birdies at the fourth, seventh and ninth holes and won the sixth with a par.
“I dug myself a hole really quick. The first seven was like I’d never played golf before,” Lawrence said. “I was pretty bad and gave him a few there.”
They halved the first seven holes on the back nine before Huge had a chance to go 6 up at the par-3 17th, but his three-putt allowed Lawrence to survive a bogey. Lawrence won the 18th with a birdie to end the morning session 4-down.
Lawrence was glad to get the break and the opportunity to re-set.
“I went to the first tee in the second match not even thinking where I was at,” he said. “I was just going to go out there, play the best I can and see what happens.”
Huge proceeded to roll in a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole to regain a 5-up advantage.
“That was big,” Huge said. “I was a bit angry at the end of the first round because I three-putted 17 where I could have gone 6-up and Mark birdies 18 so it was basically a two-hole swing. I was thinking when we were in our break just go out firing.”
Huge didn’t win another hole until the 14th. Lawrence won the fifth with a par then made eagle on the par-4 eighth when he holed a 130-yard, 50-degree wedge shot. The ball hit about five feet above the cup then trickled back in.
Lawrence trimmed the margin to 2-down with another birdie at the par-4 13th.
“He made the putt on one, but it didn’t really change my mindset. I played solidly in that stretch and didn’t make any mistakes,” Lawrence said. “I fought back the best I could. He played great, and he deserved it.”
Huge, who said he was trying to weather the storm by making pars, responded to Lawrence’s comeback by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt at No. 14 and won the match with a 5-foot birdie putt at the par-4 15th.
Huge played the same strategy all week. He hit driver only on the seventh, eighth and ninth holes and used a 2- or 3-iron on the others except for the par threes.
“I was really proud of the way he played today. He stayed to his game. He putted really well, and his short game was excellent,” said Virginia Tech coach Jay Hardwick, who was at the first tee when Huge teed off at 7:30 a.m.
Although no one in the family played golf, Huge took up the sport at the age of 4 and would hit a cut down club given to him by his father, a former Marine Corps drill instructor at Parris Island, S.C., among the sheep on the family farm in Lovettsville, which is only a couple of miles from the Maryland border.
He played basketball and other sports before choosing golf as the primary sport at Middleburg (formerly Notre Dame) Academy. Huge has grown into his 6-5, 225-pound frame in the past 18 months or so.
A high finish that included beating his all-American teammate Trevor Cone at the national level Sunnehanna Invitational two weeks ago has been a catalyst for Huge.
“I had a lot of confidence coming in…especially in that field to play well there and bring it here…finally breaking through a little bit,” the champion said. “Now, I would say big time.”
Reprinted from Virginia State Golf Association website, to view article click here.