O’Gorman’s Max Donohue has got the boys city golf meet figured out.
For the fourth straight year, Donohue claimed the individual title, shooting a final round 3-under 69 Tuesday at Elmwood Golf Course. The senior finished the tournament 3-under, three strokes ahead of teammate Chris Gaher.
Donohue and Gaher’s play catapulted the Knights to the overall team title with a score of 865. Lincoln was second at 883, followed by Washington at 936 and Roosevelt at 987.
Donohue, an Arizona recruit, entered the final round Tuesday three strokes behind leader Tommy Vining of Lincoln. Donohue put the pressure after birdies at holes two and three while Vining bogeyed the first two holes and dropped to fourth with a final-round 79.
“I wasn’t sure I could catch him,” Donohue said of Vining’s big lead to start the day. “Tommy is so consistent that it’s tough to beat him. I was surprised when he bogeyed those first two holes. It was definitely an off day for him.”
On the second hole, Vining missed one of three short putts on the day. At that point, the junior relinquished his lead momentarily to Washington eighth-grader Will Grevos, who finished third. Grevos shot 1-over-par 73 in the final round.
“I didn’t have a good mindset going in to today,” Vining said. “Usually I have a good head, but I couldn’t keep that in check and I let it get the best of me. I wasn’t ready mentally going into the round.”
Donohue looked to be in complete command for a first place finish before hitting his tee shot into the hazard on 15. He double-bogeyed that hole, but finished strong the final three holes with a birdie and two pars.
“The last two years in this tournament, I’ve played 16 and 17 really well so even though 15 wasn’t a good hole, I figured I could birdie the next couple of holes,” Donohue said. “Everybody in our group struggled at that hole. I was a little rattled, but at the same time, you just try and keep plugging along.”
Although Grevlos stayed close to Donohue through the middle part of the round, Donohue never trailed after the third. The two were tied at 2-under-par after 10 holes, but Grevlos’ second shot on 11 hit a tree and ricocheted backward, the start of a stretch of four bogeys over the final eight holes.
“The momentum kind of shifted early, but with Tommy, he’s so good you can never count him out no matter how many strokes back he is,” Donohue said. “But I definitely had some momentum after birdying two and three. That’s a lot of what golf is: getting some momentum and stringing holes together.”