Rockets McNeill qualifies for the NCAA Regional golf tournament

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - Playing well right from the first shot served Duncan McNeill well at the Mid-American Golf Championship.

Rain, however, cut the tournament short in Northeast Ohio.

"I can think of a number of putts that were just really good putts that I made that kept me going," McNeill said. "I probably didn't think about it that much at the time because I was just out on the course, didn't think about it. Looking back now they were big putts to make because it was shortened."

This start is something the Rockets practice with second-year head coach Jeff Roope at the Inverness Club.

"We've done a lot of drills where we'll have them start, they'll play three holes and those three holes they have to be at par or under par," Roope said. "If they don't, they come back and start them all over again. So we've had guys who they'll come out and play three holes and that's it, they can move on to their next, next drill, next activity. And we've had some who will spend hours out here over and over playing those same holes again."

McNeill transferred to Toledo from McNesse State before the the start of his junior year with the Rockets. He qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament during those first year year in Louisiana.

Having Inverness as his practice home provides a big benefit for this point in the season.

"I'm really just going to play, have the same mindset as I had at conference," McNeill said. "Seeing as how this could be my last tournament, last mini nationals, but I'm just going to see it as that and enjoy the moment. Take care of that and I don't want my expectations to be too high, enjoy the week."

McNeill's NCAA Regional location is the Louisville Golf Club in Simpsonville, Ky. The tournament begins May 13 and runs through May 15.

"If he does what he's capable of doing and sticks to his game plan I think we'll all be happy," Roope said.



 
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