The O’Neal varsity boys golf team wrapped up their season with a runner-up finish at the Division 3 NCISAA state championship at Bryant Park on May 15.
The Falcons played well on the opening nine but found seven shots behind the leading team. Demonstrating their strength of character, they mounted a furious comeback with Pete Myers, Jack Halloran, and Max Martin all shooting under par on the final nine, only to come up short and miss a state title by two strokes.
The Falcons posted a fantastic team score of 1 under par 215. Scoring for the Falcons were Pete Myers (66), Jack Halloran (730), and Max Martin (76). Andrew Hobbs also turned in a solid round of 76.
Additionally, four players were named to the NCISAA all-state team for their performance during the regular season and at the NCISAA state qualifier match — Pete Myers, Jack Halloran, Max Martin, and Nick Joyce.
A highlight of the day saw freshman Pete Myers shoot an incredible 6 under par 66 to claim the individual state championship. Coach Halloran credited his maturity and focus when discussing the performance.
“We could kind of see it coming. Pete was really dialed in all week. He can drive the golf ball as well as anyone, but in this tournament, he played more of a control game, and it paid off. That is a testament to his growth as a golfer. He deserves the rewards for all the hard work he’s put in and I’m incredibly proud of him.”
When discussing the season’s success, Halloran praised the leadership of his captains, sharing that “Max and Jack have been in the program for a while, so they know what is required to succeed. It was great to see them hold the team and themselves accountable all year long. Jack had a great bounce-back year and led us the whole way through. Max put it together in the last half of the season and played the way we know he is capable of playing.”