Justin Sullivan GBCC Sports Information Director
PORTSMOUTH, New Hampshire—Not even one week after being named the Yankee Small College Conference Player of the Week, Kyle Gagne of Great Bay Community College finished tied for 15th at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's Golf National Championship, which was held at Penn State University. It capped off an impressive season by the sophomore out of Newmarket, New Hampshire. While he may not have won first place, Gagne is grateful for the opportunity and the valuable experience. However, he knows he can perform at a higher level.
He shot 78 on the first day and 80 on the second, finishing with a score of 158 or 14-over par. When asked for his thoughts on his performance, Gagne said, "I felt like I played a great game, as did all participants!" He continued, "The track was a tough one and had a lot of tricks up its sleeve. That being said, the scores I put up certainly do not give respect to the game I played." A graduate of Exeter High School, where he was captain of the golf team, Gagne is now majoring in accounting at GBCC. However, golf remains his passion. "I started playing golf when I was three-years-old and began competing when I was eight," said Gagne, now 19. After the current semester, he is accepting a job as an apprentice at the Cochecho Country Club in Dover, NH. His plans for next year? "I intend to pursue the Professional Golf Association," he said ambitiously.
As for the Great Bay Herons golf team, Gagne thinks the future is bright. "All we need to do is keep practicing our craft," he said. "If we continue to practice and fine-tune our game, I firmly believe that we all have the ability to really make a mark in the conference. I hope to see these athletes prevail so they can enjoy competing at the national level, as it was an experience I will never forget and am truly grateful for!"