How not to lose a USGA National Junior quarterfinal match
Man, oh man! When the USGA calls a kid “ostentatious,” it’s on! I’d always been an ignorant Peter Uihlein fan, figuring that the son of the CEO of Titleist must have some game if he can get to be the number one junior in the country, despite all the pressure and profile. Until today, that is. Here, in essence, is what Ken Klavon of the USGA had to say about Uihlein:
Augusta, Mo. – The script was supposedly pre-conceived. David versus Goliath. Fourteen year old against 17 year old. The top-ranked junior player from the Pendleton School in Bradenton, Fla., against an up-and-comer who could hold his own with anyone.
Even the 14 year old, Anthony Paolucci, admitted the odds were stacked against him Thursday when he saw he had to take on the monolithic Peter Uihlein. At the end, one would bolt away red-faced, offering a terse “I’m not talking” while the other spoke so soft that the whir of a fan above had more pitch.
Paolucci did the inconceivable and sent the ostentatious Uihlein bee-lining for the Boone Valley Golf Club parking lot in a tizzy. When Paolucci drained his 10-foot birdie offering on the 18th hole, an incensed Uihlein tossed his ball into Irwin Lake. Not bad for a young stalwart getting his first taste of the match-play format.
“I could tell he was really mad,” said Paolucci, who trailed just four holes in the quarterfinal match.
An infuriated Uihlein heaved his ball into the lake, offered Paolucci a quick handshake and departed his final Junior Amateur empty-handed. In the meantime, Paolucci has just started building his resume, a vibrant feather at that by taking down a giant.
Wow, that says it all, huh? You’re supposed to go into a match imagining two possibilities: a gracious victory and a gracious defeat. Someone forgot to tell young master Uihlein about that script.
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2. (of actions, manner, qualities exhibited, etc.) intended to attract notice: Lady Bountiful's ostentatious charity.
Tossing a ball into the water is done not to return the ball to its natural habitat, but to attract attention.
I'm not certain what your connection to Mr. Uihlein is, but a recruit from Oklahoma State on an international stage will be held to a higher standard than you or I on a weekend stage. He is fortunate to have such a stalwart supporter as you.
By the way, if you can find one shred of psychoanalysis in my blog entry, please point it out.
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