From what I saw on Sunday, McPherson’s Treg Fawl is more than ready for the Kansas Amateur Golf Tournament that begins on Tuesday at Wichita Country Club.
Fawl, a 2010 McPherson High graduate, looked to be in fine form during the 12 holes I played with him at Turkey Creek, making only one bogey while hitting nearly every green in regulation.
He was coming off a weekend at McPherson Country Club where he combined with Derek Burgan to win the Member-Guest Tournament, shooting a 70-68 for the two days. So he’s tournament-ready and knows he’ll have to be at the top of his game this week at WCC, where he’s played a few rounds since uncle is a member there.
Fawl tees off at 1 p.m., then his time flips to 8 a.m. for Wednesday’s second round. The field then is cut to the top 64 players for match play. He advanced to match play in 2012.
Fawl has been the preeminent golfer in McPherson for much of the last decade. He was second in the Class 5A State Tournament his junior year in high school despite shooting a bogey-free 67 at Emporia. He also was a football and basketball standout, as he’s one of the most versatile athletes ever to come through McPherson. Had he not been a golfer, I have no doubt he would have been a top-flight tennis player as he dabbled in that sport during his younger days.
He actually started to dominate the local golfing scene in 2008 when he finished second to Nick Ikenberry in the City Tournament. Since then, he has won six of the last seven championships, the only hiccup coming in 2010 when he was runner-up to Ikenberry.
Fawl started college at Kansas State, but did not compete in golf. He then transferred to Central Christian College and was a national qualifier for the Tigers.
I have watched the maturation of Fawl, who now is married to the former Molli Schmidt and is employed by USD 418 as a teacher and coach, though oddly he isn’t coaching golf as he’s an assistant football coach (joining Jace Pavlovich’s staff) and basketball coach (he’s joining Kurt Kinnamon’s staff this season after coaching the seventh-graders the last two years). He’s even coached some baseball, though it’s a sport he didn’t play in high school.
What I noticed about Fawl on Sunday was his ability to not let bad shots bother him. It’s like “next play” as coaches often say these days. He hits the ball long and accurate, has a solid iron game and pours in 4-footers with confidence. As long as his putting is solid this week, he has a great chance to make the field of 64 on Thursday.
Hopefully he can make a long run this week. He certainly has the talent and the intellect to finish high.