Stevenson golfer details regional championship win

By: Jason Carmel Davis | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published June 7, 2019

 Sterling Heights Stevenson senior Justin McCown takes a chip shot at a May 29 Division 1 regional. McCown shot a 71 at the regional to win a postseason championship.

Sterling Heights Stevenson senior Justin McCown takes a chip shot at a May 29 Division 1 regional. McCown shot a 71 at the regional to win a postseason championship.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Sterling Heights Stevenson recent graduate Justin McCown has signed to play football at Siena Heights University beginning in the fall.

He said his play on the gridiron helps in other areas, too.

McCown, a quarterback, is also a standout on the Titans golf team. He said playing football has helped him to become stronger and hit the ball farther on the golf course. McCown said playing golf has taught him to remain calm while under center and to not let one play affect the next.

His demeanor, McCown said, played a big role in securing a Division 1 golf regional individual title May 29 at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Oakland Township.

McCown finished with a low-round 71 to beat 102 other golfers from 21 schools and secure a spot in the D-1 finals.  

“(Winning a regional championship) felt awesome,” McCown said. “It felt great to win as a senior, knowing I’d been playing my best golf at the right time.”

The top three teams from each regional advanced to the state finals, as well as the top three individuals on nonqualifying teams. Stevenson finished 16th.

McCown said he hit his driver really well at the regional, hitting all but one fairway.

Golf is a mental game, McCown said. He said he works to plan his next shot and play from distances he’s comfortable playing from.

“If I hit a bad shot, I try to forget about it and try to not make more than one mistake out of it,” McCown said.

The state finals mark the final competition of McCown’s prep career. That makes the trip to Frankenmuth a little bittersweet, he said.

“I’ll miss the family atmosphere all the athletes at Stevenson have established,” McCown said. “It’s special to say you were a Titan.”

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