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Aug. 7, 2015

Charlottesville, Va. – When Virginia men’s golfer Nick McLaughlin won the 2015 Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship this week, it capped a tremendous summer for the rising senior from New Castle, N.H. He also became the first golfer in Bay State history to win that title as well as the Massachusetts Amateur and New England Amateur Championships… all in the same calendar year.

Dating back to May, McLaughlin has won a total of five major events — Hornblower Memorial Invitational (May), The Invitational (June), Massachusetts Amateur Championship (July), New England Amateur Championship (July) and Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship (August). It is a mark that has never been equaled.

“I have been playing in these MGA events forever, and to have one of the better summers in probably the recent past is very special,” said McLaughlin. “I was playing well but you need some good things to happen to you in order to win any tournament let alone five this summer.”

One year ago, McLaughlin was planning the same journey back to Virginia but his emotions were at a much different place. After all, the summer of 2014 was marred by a back injury that lingered throughout his fall golf season with the Cavaliers. He made the tough decision to skip his spring collegiate season and focus on rehabilitation.

“Five in less than three months is a little crazy especially looking back where I was a year ago,” said McLaughlin. “To come back this summer was great, and I just seemed to keep on rolling.”

Note: Information courtesy Massachusetts Golf Association

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