McGetrick's Hard Work Paying Off When It Matters Most
May 22, 2014
Lindsay McGetrick has been a standout golf player all her life. She was a state champion in high school in Colorado and had performed well in amateur events each year. But it took some changes to her already-successful game to make her a mainstay for the Wolfpack.
Dating back to last season, McGetrick had not cracked the NC State lineup for nine consecutive tournaments (she did play as an individual at the Landfall Tradition last October). When the players had qualifying in practice to see who would compete, McGetrick was always a day late and a dollar short.
"I was kind of in a slump in the fall. I had a rough time mentally and with my game," McGetrick said.
The junior from Colorado broke into the lineup when NC State went to Hawaii in March and then was fourth on the team in two more events leading up to the ACC Championship at Sedgefield.
"It was still a little shaky," McGetrick said. "I made it into the lineup but didn't have my best finishes."
In Greensboro at the conference tournament is where all of McGetrick's work paid off. She shot a 72 in the second round and tied for 19th, helping NC State place third in the ACC.
"Everything came together. I think toward the end, I'm more confidence and everything is feeling good," she said.
She wasn't done there. McGetrick followed that performance by shooting two-under at the NCAA East Regional in Florida, tying for 15th overall and helping NCSU to earn a spot a the national championship. She shot a 69 on the final day of the regional.
McGetrick, playing at her best when it matters most, has helped NC State have a chance to have its best national finish in school history. And she points back to the work she put in with her dad and the support of NC State coaches Page Marsh and Jessica Yadloczky.
"In the offseason, we had a talk were we talked about what I was doing was not working. I needed to make some changes," McGetrick said. "The coaches have been supportive and they helped me realize I needed to make some changes. They're a big support team.
"It took a lot of work and a lot of changes throughout the offseason, but I finally got to a point where I was hitting it better and my confidence was back."
"I'm very proud of the work she's done," head coach Page Marsh said. "She has a great passion for the game, and like everybody, she's had to work on her process."
Marsh notes that it's not always easy for a player who has known nothing but success to dig deep inside and make chances to her game.
"Ultimately, to get better from junior golf to college golf, you have to decide when to possibly change things that made you a good junior player but may not serve you well at the collegiate level. Lindsay's worked hard to get through that process and she's acted upon the things she needed to act upon. What we're seeing is her hard work and determination are paying off this spring."
With the spring collegiate season winding down, McGetrick and the Wolfpack are confident and are now mentioned among the nation's best teams. With the confidence back, McGetrick can have fun out there.
"Just have fun," McGetrick said. "We made it this far. Why not enjoy it?"