City Parks Foundation sends Junior Golfer to Premier Golf Classic
Windsor Terrace High School Senior Heads to Florida This Month
City Parks Foundation is sending longtime CityParks Junior Golf Center player Kevin McGloin, a 17-year-old Windsor Terrace neighbor, to compete in his first national tournament this December. All expenses for McGloin’s trip to the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic in Florida will be covered by the scholarship, which was established last year and funded by City Parks Foundation, CityParks Golf spokesperson Cristie Kerr and the Trump Organization.
McGloin has been with the CityParks Golf program since 2005. He began his instruction in Dyker Beach Park, and has trained at the CityParks Junior Golf Center since it opened adjacent to the park in 2008. McGloin has shown dedication over the years, spending at least three hours practicing at the Golf Center five times a week, and volunteering on the driving range every Sunday to help the younger players.
McGloin holds the record for best score among the players at the Junior Golf Center and won the 2015 New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Golf Championship. This past August, he was the winner of a 15 to 18 Boys Metropolitan PGA tournament at Middle Bay, and he currently ranks 20th overall in the Long Island Chapter.
On Dec. 20, McGloin will join more than 580 other golfers from around the world at the prestigious Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic, his first true national tournament to date. Acceptance into the annual event, established in 1982, is highly competitive. This year, athletes from nearly 40 countries will participate, including 264 from the U.S. McGloin will be one of only seven golfers from New York state, and the sole Brooklynite among them.
“I’m really looking forward to traveling down to Florida,” McGloin said. “It’s my first national competition with other players coming from around the world. I’ve played in tournaments that allow international athletes before, but for the most part they only drew local players. I’m very excited to compete at this new level.”
The right mental framework is one of the keys to McGloin’s game. “The night before a tournament I always make sure to do about 15 to 20 minutes of yoga, doing various stretches with my eyes closed and deep breathing,” he shared. “During this time, I visualize what I hope transpires during the tournament the next day. When it comes to the day of the tournament, it’s all business and keeping myself in the present.”
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