David Young had to come up with a creative solution.
The longtime head pro at Sleepy Hollow came up with a unique source of motivation before heading back to Whippoorwill on Wednesday for the quarterfinals of the MasterCard Met PGA Senior Match Play Championship.
He thought about his son Cameron, who just headed back to Wake Forest to prepare for the NCAAs.
“You always want to win,” Young said following a memorable 19-hole win over Chelsea Piers head professional Marjorie Jones. “But today I just didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to have to explain to Cameron that I got beat by his aunt.”
Cameron undoubtedly would have enjoyed that kind of ammunition.
It was the first time Young has ever been paired with his sister-in-law in competition. They rode in separate carts since Jones was playing the forward tees.
“Normally, you want to beat somebody in this situation as badly as you can,” he said. “My thought process wasn’t normal. It was a little strange. We chatted before and then after the match, and there was just the normal conversation while we were playing.”
Barbara Young spent the afternoon caddying for both her sister and husband.
Young never trailed, but he picked a bad time for a string of three-putts. Jones made a couple of clutch putts down the stretch and the match was evened on the 18th green. Young hit a pitching wedge to 4 inches on the first extra hole to move on. He will face Winged Foot head pro Mike Gilmore on Thursday morning in the semifinals.
The winner heads back out to face either Charlie Bolling or Bill Van Orman.
MasterCard Senior Match Play Championship
At The Whippoorwill Club
Mike Gilmore, Winged Foot, d. Michael Jackmack, Paramount 4 and 3
David Young, Sleepy Hollow, d. Marjorie Jones, Chelsea Piers 19 holes
Bill Van Orman, Meadow Brook, d. Darrell Kestner, Deepdale, 5 and 4
Charlie Bolling, unaffiliated d. Ron McDougal, Golf & Body NYC, 4 and 3