SMCC golfer wins national title

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Southern Maine Community College sophomore Tommy Stirling won the individual national title and All-American honors at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association golf championship held at the Penn State University Blue Course in State College, Penn.

Stirling entered the USCAAs ranked second in the nation with a 75.2 average. He opened the championship with an even-par 72, which tied him for the lead. During Tuesday’s final round of play, Stirling shot a four-under 68 to claim the title. His total score of 140 bested second place by four shots and included 13 birdies.

Joining Stirling with All-American honors is freshman Alex McFarlane, of Cape Elizabeth. The top five individual finishers qualify for the award. McFarlane finished tied for fifth after shooting a 1-under par 71.

“Tommy and Alex both played unbelievable golf for two days,” said first-year coach Tom Cloutier. “I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they put forth and the way in which they represented our program and Southern Maine Community College.”

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