BURLINGTON — It’s not how you start. It’s how you finish. On a golf course like Spirit Hollow, however, that’s easier said than done, especially on a course as a tough as Spirit Hollow.
Except if you’re Harrison Moore, who played the final three holes of the Burlington golf course about as well as anyone has in the 2014 NJCAA Division I Men’s Golf National Tournament. Bogged down with three-straight bogeys on holes 11-13, Moore closed out an improbable finish to his day for IHCC with a birdie on 16, a near birdie on 17 and an incredible chip-in birdie on the monstrous par-5 18th.
“He put that tee shot on 18 right down the middle of the fairway, but his approach shot went a little bit left,” said Indian Hills head coach Mike Hagen. “I didn’t think it would be too much trouble for (Moore). Any decent player should be able to get it up and possibly get it close. He just happened to get it up and in.”
Nobody was more surprised by the results than Moore, who led IHCC in the second round with an even-par 72. The eagle helped the Warriors add to their first-round lead, taking a five-shot edge over Wallace State into round three of the national tournament on Thursday.
“I thought it might roll up there pretty close, but I never expected it to go in,” Moore said. “It’s an awesome feeling to make a shot like that to close out a round.”
The reverberations of the eagle were felt up and down the course by Moore’s teammates. Just two groups behind Moore, George Trujillo used his teammate’s big shot to set up his strategy for the closing hole.
“We were considering whether or not to have George go for the green in two. Once he got up to the tee, knowing about that eagle, he turned to Coach Rob (Murray) and said, 'We don’t need it today, Coach.'