September 21, 2004
(Valdosta, GA) Bruce McDonald set a goal prior to the start of the season, to win a tournament on the NGA/Hooters Tour. Twenty-One Tournaments later, the Zimbabwe,
South African native accomplished his goal. McDonald headed into Tuesday's 36 hole marathon, with a two day total of 144, even par, three strokes behind second round leader Nick Rousey(Pensacola, FL).
After a morning round 4 under par 68 over the tough 7,781 yard, par 72 Kinderlou Forest layout, McDonald found himself with a two stroke advantage over Rousey and four strokes over Tommy Clement(Mobile, AL) and Mike Austin(Burton, MI), heading into the fourth and Final Round.
McDonald, who now resides in Charleston, SC posted a Final Round 1 over par 73,
for a 72 hole total of 285, 3 under par, and a two stroke victory over the always
dangerous Dave Schreyer(Peachtree City, GA), and Monday Qualifier, Andy Johnson
of Ocoee, FL, who posted Final Rounds of 67 and 69 respectively. Schreyer's
5 under par 67, was the low round of the tournament.
"I felt I played the golf course very well this week", said McDonald. "I played
aggressive on the holes that lend themselves to birdie,(which are very few)and
played more defensively on the tougher holes, where par is a good score."
"I was very happy with the way I played down the stretch", exclained McDonald,
who played the last three holes 1 under par.
"I missed the final stage of tour school last year by one stroke, and I think
I may have learned a few things from my mistakes there", said McDonald. "I feel
like I had played well enough to win at other times this year, but it just didn't
happen for me," he explained.
"I've got the Tour Championship and Q-school coming up, so things couldn't be
coming together at a better time," added McDonald.
The win put $22,750 in McDonalds pocket, and boosted his earnings for the year
over the $46,000 mark, while Schreyer's second place finish moved him to number
two on the money list heading into the Tour Championship in Melbourne, Florida
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