The only thing hotter than the weather at Alton-Marquette’s Blastoff hosted at Arnold Palmer’s Spencer T. Olin, was a festival of five birdies from Junior Briana McMinn.
McMinn shot a 1 over par 73 in the heat and humidity and cruised to a medalist position by 6 strokes over the nearest competitor. In the 16-team field, the scorching heat affected many players as the field saw a few girls not finish due to exhaustion.
According to Coach Chris Eddy, McMinn has been putting in the work to take her game to the next level. “Briana was knocking down the flag stick today as she had 3 of her 5 birdies within 2 feet of the cup. She got into some trouble mid round but was able to recover and finish solid on the difficult finishing holes,” Eddy said.
McMinn ran a string of birdies on holes 2, 3, 5, and 6. She struggled in the middle of the round with a couple holes and double bogeyed the par 4 11th hole after a unfortunate tee shot. She got creative and scrambled from behind trees as she found herself in some tough positions. She then came back with a shot that was a near ace and only had a tap-in for birdie at the par 3 12th hole.
When asked what made the round click for her today, McMinn said “I was able to hit my irons very close today which was nice. My distance control was better today than in previous rounds and I felt very comfortable on the course.”
McMinn acknowledged that the heat was a factor. She and her playing opponents were feeling the stifling humidity but tried to stay hydrated.