SMCC standout golfer commits to D2 program

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Southern Maine Community College golfer Tommy Stirling, the USCAA golf champion, signs his National Letter of Intent Wednesday afternoon to attend and play golf at Southwestern Oklahoma State, a Division II school in Weatherford, Okla. Stirling (joined by, from left, his parents, Craig and Debbie, along with SMCC athletic director, Matt Richards), said his dream is to play at least one event on the PGA Tour. He plans to study marketing.
“(Golf) is my passion,” said Stirling, a Gorham resident. “I went on-line to search for colleges, found the school and sent them an e-mail. They invited me there and I liked it. Being at SMCC has been great.”
“(Tommy’s) so dedicated it’s scary,” said SMCC golf coach Tom Cloutier. “He always stays on the course and works on his game. I knew he’d go on to bigger and better things. It’s great for the program.”
“It’s an exciting day for SMCC athletics and for Tommy,” added Richards. “You can see his impact on the SMCC community. He’s a local kid who flew under the radar, came here and blossomed into an outstanding young man. It talks about the credibility of the program. He’ll do a great job representing (Southwestern Oklahoma State) just as he did here.”