A good fit for young Summerside golfer

Clow enjoys first semester with Husson University

Jason Simmonds newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on December 30, 2016

MacKenzie Clow of Summerside is in his first season at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

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SUMMERSIDE – MacKenzie Clow enjoyed a very successful fall semester at Husson University.

The product of the junior program in Summerside is in his first year with the Husson Eagles’ golf team.
“The school is a very good fit for myself, and the golf has been good,” assessed Clow. “There is a great coaching staff, and they are just helping me get better. I’m looking forward to the future.”

Last year
Clow attended Thomas University in Georgia last year, but moved to Husson, a Division 3 school in Bangor, Maine, for the 2016-17 season.
“I play during the fall right up until it snows, and we have an indoor facilities during the winter,” said Clow, who is studying accounting. “During the spring semester, we will make a trip down to North Carolina to play for a week (in February), we will make a trip down to Florida to play a tournament or two, and then following that we will make another trip for nationals (in May).”
Husson punched its ticket to nationals by winning the North Atlantic Conference championship in October. Individually, Clow shot a 36-hole total of 145 for a third-place finish, and was selected to the All-Conference team.
“The rest of the season looks good for us,” analyzed Clow. “We have a really good team, and if we play well we should have a really good shot at nationals.”

It was a relief for myself to win a college tournament. It is something I always dreamed about, and to actually do it is gratification that I can do it. It was a big confidence booster for sure. MacKenzie Clow

Highlight
One highlight of Clow’s season to date was winning the University of Southern Maine Fall Classic tournament in Portland in October. Clow, who fired rounds of 72 and 69, birdied the final two holes of the final round to win by five strokes.
“It was a relief for myself to win a college tournament,” acknowledged Clow. “It is something I always dreamed about, and to actually do it is gratification that I can do it.
“It was a big confidence booster for sure.”

Biggest adjustment?
Clow admitted the biggest adjustment to university golf is the team aspect.
“When you are playing in a tournament if you have a bad shot or bad round you can sweep it under the rug and say, ‘I will play better tomorrow,’” explained Clow. “When you are playing for a team you have to focus on every shot. Every shot does matter because we have lost a tournament this year by one shot, and we have also won by a shot.
Everybody can pick up a shot somewhere. It’s staying mentally focused for the team.”

Influences
Clow credited former Summerside Golf Club general manager Dallas Desjardins as influencing his development during his five years in the junior program.
“I started (golfing) just heading out with my dad (Jeff Clow),” recalled Clow, who also acknowledged the impact former Summerside instructor Nick Peters had on his career. “Then I started the junior program, Dallas saw I may be able to go somewhere if I put the work in, and pushed me to do that.”

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Resumé
A quick glance at
MacKenzie Clow:
Hometown: Summerside.
Age: 19.
Parents: Jeff and Katherine Clow.
High school: 2015 graduate of Three Oaks Senior High School.
Swings: Right.