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Kevin Lydon’s 61st round is believed to be the lowest run for a player in his first-ever NCAA tour.

Jack Hirsch / Golf

As he soared the size of a 25-foot pitch last Saturday, La Salle University freshman Kevin Lydon knew exactly what was at stake: a stupidly low run.

His eagle attempt on the 18th green at Shuttle Meadow Country Club, in Connecticut, was in the first round of the Ryan T. Lee Memorial, for 60, a number recorded only a few times in the at the university level.

Lydon, plays in his own For the first time ever College tour, he did his best not to think about it.

“I like to stay present on a golf course and not think about the past or the future, because that’s when you start playing bad golf,” Lydon told GOLF.com. “So you have to stay in the moment and focus on one shot at a time and that’s your best shot.”

The beating came short, stopping a shocking few inches in front of the hole. death center.


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But Lydon may still be making history with his 10-under-61 score, La Salle coach Scott Yorgalevich quickly realized.

“[We] arrived with it to the NCAA Of the ratings database and ratings that serves as the official scorer for all NCAA tournaments, Yurgalevicz said they told us to take a look at Golfstat. “They have millions of rounds — it’s really hard to say if a round of 61 or even less than 60 was fired by a new student.

“We know that no freshman under 61 has ever been shot. So we can at least confirm we have one 61. And it’s Kevin Lydon.”

Yorgalevich said he also thinks Lydon’s opening round is the lowest a player has paid in the team’s first round. The brand also broke La Salle’s record of 65 goals.

It’s hard for any coach to see 61 coming in — especially from a player at a small private university outside of Philadelphia — but Yorgalevich said he knows Lydon is in a good position as his game enters his first college season.

Kevin Lydon holds his scorecard after shooting a 61 on his first group tour.

La Salle University

Lydon, of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, had a strong finish in the Philadelphia Amateurs over the summer, beating other college players from the Philadelphia area before losing in the quarterfinals.

“It was then that he decided that he belonged to this level,” said Yorgalievich. “He knew he could play and you could kind of see that there was a difference in the way he worked on the golf course. He knew he belonged.”

Yorgalevich does not have an assistant coach, so at Lee Memorial he was flying solo trying to ensure each of his five players got what they needed during the tour. Yurgalevicz didn’t know the heater was laying down on a Saturday until midday.

“I saw how he’s doing the part,” said Yorgalievich. “He gave me the pointer that, like five under. I thought at first when he told me he was over five. When Yurgalevich realized Lydon was actually five years old. underYorgalevich said he thought to himself, “He’s doing a great job. He’s running himself at his first ever college event. And I got up to talk to him for a minute, and he’d make sure he’s fine, and he doesn’t need anything.”

The coach does not want to interfere.

“When a bowler throws a hit not a hitter, you just have to make sure they’re okay,” he said. “And if they need anything, pat him on the back, give him water, and you know, just make sure they’re still doing the right thing.

“He kept hitting the ball in the middle of the lane, hitting the greens, rolling in 15 feet. It was just a clinic about how to hit 8 feet 10 feet 25 feet.”

Yurgalevicz didn’t realize how much red was in Lydon’s score card until he heard another player in the deck telling his coach that Lydon’s shot was 18 for 60.

“He’s just a really calm kid,” said Yorgalievich.

He wasn’t supposed to become the 17th player to hit 60 in an NCAA event (no player broke 60), but Lydon feels his run showed his potential.


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“It shows what I’m capable of,” he said, “which is nice.” “And I feel it shows that mental preparation can do a lot for you on the golf course.”

In what might be shocking to parents of most 18-year-olds, Lydon actually did some reading to prepare for his first college championship. Pick up two books written by sports psychologist Bob Rotella: Putting Your Mind Out and Golf Not a Perfect Game.. “

“I thought it would help me, and it helped me,” he said.

Lydon was unable to continue his hot play in the second (and final) round on Sunday. His 76th three-stroke dropped him to fifth, five strokes behind the winner.

He didn’t let the ending bother him, though, so he took the weekend as a learning experience.

“I think it’s very difficult and it was my first time doing it,” Lydon said. “So now I know what to expect.”

What Lydon would not have expected was the chance to meet his club in the Philadelphia area a few days later.

At the driving range on Tuesday, Lydon crashed into the Hall of Famer Gary PlayerHe was quick to offer some advice.

“It was a great experience,” Lydon said. “He spoke to me and my teammate Anthony Garcia about how there are so many other players from around the country who are doing the same thing you do. You just have to do it better if you want to keep playing.”

When Lydon told the player about his tour over the weekend, he said the player told him that the player had never reached this low in the tournament. The player’s best mark came in a duel with Jack Nicklaus when both hit 62.

Then the Player did the unexpected again, especially considering that La Salle isn’t just a power golfer.

“I just got his email, and he wants us to email our school results for next season,” Lydon said. “It means a lot.”

Not a bad way to start your first year.

Jack Hirsch

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsch is an associate editor at GOLF. Born in Pennsylvania, Jack graduated in 2020 from Pennsylvania State University, with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was the captain of the high school golf team and is still *trying* to remain competitive among the local amateurs. Prior to joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working for a television station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a multimedia journalist/reporter but also producing, anchoring and even presenting weather. He can be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.

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