Treg Fawl is just 26 years old.
In golf years, he’s still in the infant stages.
Fawl on Sunday won McPherson City Golf Tournament titles 12 and 13 as he was a runaway winner in the individual competition — winning by 11 strokes over Kelly Sorenson — and combined with his father, Tony, for a 1-shot win in the team competition.
Fawl's first individual title came as a 17-year-old and he now has eight, one off the record of nine by the late Ray Hague. If not for Jacob Lackey’s dramatic 1-shot win in 2016, Fawl would have won the last eight championships.
He did have to twice survive playoffs, in 2012 with Ryan Schmid and in 2015 with Mark Gayer, but the others have been no-stress — 5 shots in 2009, 9 shots in 2011, 2013 and 2014, 5 shots in 2017 and his most lopsided win came Sunday.
Unless Lackey stays in town and re-enters The City or some young whippersnapper moves here, it’s frightening to think just how many championships he can win.
His 13 combined championships are still a ways off the 20 won by Hague, who played from 1985 to 2007.
It’s not that Fawl doesn’t have able challengers. Sorenson and Chris Stucky have been the most competitive the last couple of years, but the difference is that Fawl is able to go low at McPherson Country Club, where this year he shot a 2-over-par 71 to practically win the tournament on the first day.
Saturday at Rolling Acres, he had to be scratching his head after starting the day 3-over after 4 holes. But he then went on a tear, playing the last 14 in 7-under-par for a 68.
With a 9-shot lead going into the final day at Turkey Creek, he was on cruise control — despite hitting a ball out of bounds on the very first hole. But he knows in the back of his mind his ability to make birdies in bunches, as he hits it farther than everybody else and has the ability to throw shot after shot close to the pin. He also has great touch on the greens and knocks in short putts with supreme confidence, while other players when they get into The City Tournament often try to will the ball into the cup.
What’s most amazing about Fawl is that he doesn’t really practice much. He’s a family man now with a wife and daughter, who just turned 1 this past week. He doesn’t play as much as some of the other players given he is the clubhouse manager at Turkey Creek and that requires him to stay in the office.
The beauty of golf is that it’s timeless. You can play it from an early age into your 80s and play at a high level into your 60s. If Fawl decides to make McPherson his home Ad infinitum, he’ll own the history book and most likely will never be surpassed or even be challenged. I applaud him for his tremendous talent.