2020 ASGA Amateur Player of the Year Josh McNulty won his first individual collegiate tournament on Tuesday. McNulty was victorious in the Natural State Classic at Greystone Country Club in Cabot.
McNulty, a freshman at Henderson State, was in a tie for 10th place heading into the final round. McNulty put everything together in the final round shooting a 5-under 67 to take home the trophy. McNulty said the key for him was cleaning up a few mistakes he made in his first round.
“The main difference in the two rounds was taking out a triple and a double that I made in the first round. I had two bad swings that cost me five shots on two holes. But other than that, I putted and hit the ball well both rounds.” McNulty said.
The win for McNulty comes just a week after his Henderson State teammate, Mitchell Ford, won his first collegiate event. Despite the Reddies recent success individually, McNulty says it's all about the team.
“It is really nice to see good results from individuals. However, our goal is to win as a team. We hope to steadily improve our team results and win in the future.”
Henderson State has finished in the top four in both tournaments they have played in to start 2021. Ford and McNulty have also been named GAC Player of the Week in consecutive weeks after their victories. The early season success for the Reddies has given the team a ton of momentum as they move forward with their tournament schedule. However, McNulty says he believes his team is just getting started.
“We feel like we have the potential to win many tournaments this year. Our goal is to be playing our best golf at the end of the year and to be confident going into postseason. Overall we feel as if the sky's the limit and we can make a postseason run.”
McNulty and the Reddies are back in action on Monday and Tuesday for the Battle of the Belt at Hot Springs Country Club.