The Washington Post

Gonzaga prevails with sophomore star Moloney

- BY HAYLEY SALVATORE

When Gonzaga’s Matt Moloney stepped to the first tee at Northwest Golf Course during the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament Monday, a Paul VI player whispered, “Clear the greens.”

The sophomore did not disappoint, landing the ball in the middle of the fairway to begin a day that ended with a score of 5-under-par 67 and the WCAC individual title.

“I played solid and took care of the par-5s,” Moloney said. With four of those on the course, Moloney took advantage by playing them at 5 under.

Expectatio­ns for Moloney’s performanc­e were high — a little less than a month ago, he won the Sung Hyun Park Junior Championsh­ip. The win at Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., bumped up his ranking, making him the secondbest high school sophomore golfer worldwide, as ranked by the

American Junior Golf Associatio­n.

Moloney became interested in golf after watching older brother Joe play at Madison. Although Joe has since moved to Park City, Utah, he came back to Maryland to watch his brother compete Monday.

“It’s good to have him here,” Moloney said. “He’s only followed me twice, and I’ve shot a 67 both times, so he’s a good omen.”

Gonzaga will lose Moloney at the end of the school year; his family is moving to Charleston, S.C. While Moloney is sad to leave, he’s excited to exit with a win for the program and be able to play golf year-round.

Along with Moloney, freshman Carson Looney and junior Jack Teuschl helped the Eagles cap an undefeated season with a score of 360 and the WCAC team title. Teuschl finished at 2 under, and Looney shot 1 under.

Paul VI was second, 35 strokes back. Terry Kim and Ryan Billak each finished at 4-over 76.

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