Adam MacMillan put together one of his best days on the golf course at just the right time.
The Princeton High sophomore shot a 74 at the Central/South, Group 4 sectional tournament at Charleston Springs in Millstone on May 14.
The performance was good enough to land him a spot in the state Tournament of Champions as an individual, while his play also helped the Little Tigers claim the Central Jersey, Group 4 sectional title as a team.
“That was very exciting because we had a worse record than last year but that one day we went out and played really well,” MacMillan said of the team’s performance at the state sectional tournament. “I think all of us felt like we didn't do as well as we could have, but it worked out for us. The field was really good and when we walked off we didn’t think we had it. But we beat all the other Central Jersey teams. I was really proud of the guys.”
Princeton won the Central Jersey, Group 4 title with a score of 318. The Little Tigers finished behind three South Jersey teams at the Central/South tournament. Williamstown shot a 310, Toms River North posted a 311 and Washington Township shot a 314. The top three teams from Central/South advanced to the Tournament of Champions, so Princeton just missed a chance to advance to the state championship match as a team.
MacMillan scored a 74 to finish third overall and second among Central Jersey golfers. Liam Casper of Williamstown shot a 69, while East Brunswick’s Eegan McDermott posted a 73. After McMillan, the rest of the Princeton scores were Harry Skopas with an 80, Atticus Lynch with an 81, Abhi Vachani with an 83, and Jonathan Lin with a 94.
“The team has been improving all year and finished strong,” Princeton coach Sheryl Severance said. “After a disappointing Mercer County Tournament, winning the Central Jersey sectional was a huge accomplishment. The entire team is thrilled that Adam will be playing in the T of C. Adam has worked hard and makes good decisions on the course. The opportunity is well deserved.”
MacMillan went on tho to shoot an 83 at the Tournament of Champions on Monday at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club.
Jack Wall of Christian Brothers Academy won the state tournament on the second playoff hole after shooting a 70 to tie CBA teammate Brendan Hansen.
“I hopped on the bogey train pretty early and think I left a lot out there,” MacMillan said of his round at the T of C. “I was very excited to get to play. I know I played well at sectionals and was happy to go there and represent Princeton and not just be playing for myself.”
To get to the T of C, MacMillan played a great round at the sectional tournament.
“What I told myself was hit the fairways and greens,” he said. “If I did that my putting would let me get birdies and pars. I had back to back birdies on the back and that set me off and fixed my score.”
The sectional title was the first for Princeton since winning back to back titles in 2008 and 2009. With MacMillan just a sophomore and other strong players in the mix, the Little Tigers could contend again next year.
And with two years left of high school golf, MacMillan could be back in the mix for a title as well himself.
“I am really excited about that,” he said. “Mostly I played a lot of baseball when I was younger and I started with golf when I was 8 or 9. I was not as into it as baseball, but once I was done with Little League I didn’t want to play Babe Ruth and I just played more golf. I know my dad wanted me to play golf.
“When I was younger I just liked baseball so much. But once I saw I had the talent in gof I started to like it more and more.”
And this year that talent landed him a spot in the Tournament of Champions, while helping his team to a sectional title.