Flavin focuses on golf, family and future

If you’re looking for senior Patrick Flavin, you can find him at one of three places: the golf course, the putting green or the driving range. Since his dad began encouraging him and his brother to play, Patrick estimates that he has played 3,000 rounds of golf. That’s somewhere around 54,000 holes and more putts and drives than we have time to count.     Patrick hasn’t always played golf. Before he stepped foot on a course, he played both baseball and soccer. It wasn’t until his junior year of high school that he made the decision to solely pursue golf. “Baseball was a spring sport where I’m from and […] it was to the point where I would start going to play golf before school — early, like 7 a.m. just to play nine holes.” You might think that doing the same thing that many times would get old, but Patrick isn’t getting tired of it anytime soon. “For me, plan number one is to play golf,” Flavin said of his goals after graduation. He will graduate with a degree in Economics, but for Pat that’s a back-up. He wants to have a career on the course. Based off of his track record thus far, professional golf is not out of reach. This past summer, he won both the Illinois Amateur and the Illinois Open, becoming only the second...

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Flavin first, RedHawks second at Louisville Cardinal Challenge

The RedHawks had a promising run at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Louisville. The team made a statement about its ability to compete under pressure by finishing second at +2. It battled Louisville in the team and individual standings in all three rounds. Showing their  strength on every hole, the RedHawks produced 154 pars, 51 birdies, and two eagles, putting them near the top of several stats leaderboards. Senior Pat Flavin was a key player, tying for first after round one at -4, holding the lead through round two at -7 and finishing in first, nine strokes under par. Following Flavin was sophomore Cam Solomon, tying for sixth with an even par. Flavin’s first place finish at Louisville was his second individual win of the season. “I felt like I did a good job just staying in the moment and focusing on one shot at a time,” Flavin said. “I made a lot of putts today, so that was key.” The RedHawks overcame difficult conditions and the challenge of an unfamiliar course this weekend, and head coach Zac Zedrick had positive things to say. “I feel great about our team,” Zedrick said. “We’ve played three events and this is the second time we’ve had a great chance to win a tournament.” The wind conditions at the University of Louisville Golf Club changed drastically from round one...

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Inverness Intercollegiate forced to cancel third round — RedHawks end up seventh

  Following a promising season opener Sept. 8-10, Red Hawks golf faced a challenging tournament at Inverness Intercollegiate (Toledo, OH) on Sept. 18-19. The weather in Toledo went from cloudy and comfortable on Monday, to humid and stormy on Tuesday, resulting in the cancellation of the third round. If the tournament had been played as intended, teams would have played 36 holes on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday. At the end of Monday the RedHawks were seated seventh alongside Northern Illinois University. This became their final result when play was cancelled. “Pat and Brian have kind of proven that they’re our top two players. Within the team you have to look out for everyone,” head coach Zac Zedrick said about players to watch. This week senior Patrick Flavin and sophomore Cam Solomon led the team, tying for 15th place at -1 in a field of 87. “It was really great to see Cam bounce back from a tough week for him at Wolf Run — to come back and have his best finish individually in a college tournament,” Zedrick said. Inverness Club was opened in 1903 and is ranked 42nd on a list of top courses in the nation according to Golf.com. It has been the backdrop for four U.S. Opens and two PGA Championships. “It’s one of the best clubs that we’ll see all year. Just...

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