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RCC Golfer Sean McGarvey Earns All-America Honors

RCC Golfer Sean McGarvey Earns All-America Honors

Sean McGarvey

2019 graduate excels at NJCAA Div. III national tournament

DATE: June 28, 2019

RAMAPO, N.Y. – Sean McGarvey of Rockland Community College finished eighth at the 2019 NJCAA Division III national championships to reap second-team All-America honors. The tournament was held June 4-7 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, N.Y., 40 miles south of Buffalo.

McGarvey posted rounds of 75-77-77-80 for a four-day total of 309 on the par-72, 6,462-yard Lake Course at Chautauqua. Trey Capps of Sandhills CC in North Carolina captured the individual championship with a four-day score of 292. McGarvey's opening-round 75 placed him in a three-way tie for first place with Blake Bloedorn and Hunter Moen, both of Minnesota State, who wound up fourth and fifth, respectively. McGarvey finished the tournament just two strokes out of a first-team All-America spot, which went to the top six finishers. Golfers in seventh through 12th place gained second-team honors, and 13th through 18th secured third-team recognition. A total of 85 golfers competed in the tourney.

“My goal was to finish in the top 18,” said McGarvey, who improved greatly upon his 46th-place finish from last year. Among the challenges he faced was a 2 1/2-hour rain delay in the second round., which accelerated the putting greens. “In the practice round, I didn't play too well. But after I posted the 75 in the first round I thought, 'I actually have a shot at it.' The opportunities were out there. Overall [though], I was proud of how I played. It was a lot of fun.” McGarvey's father, Brian, served as assistant coach during the tournament in the absence of RCC head coach Tom Craffey, who had family commitments.

During the season, McGarvey played through a few rough patches with the help of Craffey, assistant coach Howie Pierson, assistant athletic director Ed Bajor and his dad, among others. “I was not playing that well during the season, and they all helped me a lot,” McGarvey said. “They settled me down, helped me get my swing down.” He is the third RCC golfer to achieve All-America status in Craffey's 13-year coaching tenure, after first-teamer Colby Lewis in 2012 and second-teamer Amrit Etwaroo in 2009. McGarvey also reaped third-team Academic All-America recognition, which is awarded to student-athletes posting a GPA between 3.60 and 3.79.

McGarvey graduated in May with an Associate of Science degree in criminal justice. He intends to pursue a bachelor's in criminal justice at a four-year institution and wants to become a police officer. He will also continue to play golf in college and “see where it takes me.” Among the schools recruiting him is St. Thomas Aquinas College, which has a strong NCAA Div. II program.

“I had a great two years at RCC,” McGarvey said. “I appreciate everything that RCC did for me.”

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