(from NGA Tour's website) Curran becomes second Vandy alum to win MOS -
Tallahassee, Fla.– February 16, 2013 – Jon Curran outlasted Chris Ross in a two-hole playoff to claim the NGA TOUR’s Members Only Shootout at Killearn Country Club on Saturday afternoon.
The victory for Curran was his first in 57 starts on the NGA Pro Golf Tour and earned the former Vanderbilt golfer free entry fees into every event on the 2013 NGA TOUR Pro Series schedule.
“It feels really great,” said Curran, a native of Hopkinton, Mass. “The NGA TOUR has done a great job over the years, and I think this year is going to be just as good. You can trust the events out here, and the tour attracts some great players. I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be a great season.”
Curran and Ross got off to great starts in the opening round, posting scores of 63 to separate from themselves from the field by four shots going into the final round.
“I put the ball in play on Friday and the conditions were ideal to put up a good number,” said Curran, who earned $18,500 for the victory. “My wedges were good and I had a lot of chances to make birdies. I think I had 25 putts, so I was putting really well.”
Curran started the day tied for the lead with Ross at 9-under par, but the former Commodore found himself trailing by two shots at the turn after going out in 2 over.
“I’ve been working with a sports psychologist and I basically tried to stay in the moment,” said Curran, who joined Vandy alum Hudson Johnson as a winner of the Members Only Shootout. “I knew I was playing well and trusted it. I knew I could perform throughout the round.”
The positive thinking paid off.