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Brandon Matthews, using all the psychology and intelligence he has so far absorbed at Temple University, shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday to grab the first-round lead in the Dixie Amateur’s men’s golf championship being held at the TPC Eagle Trace course and the Heron Bay course in Coral Springs.
"I felt comfortable out there," said Matthews, who birdied the 12th, 13th, and 14th holes to take command. "I was hitting it pretty tight."
That’s putting it mildly. His round included seven birdies, 10 pars and one bogey — and one of those birdies was a near-miss eagle.
Matthews started playing golf at one or two years of age using plastic clubs. "I don’t think I ever broke anything," he said, but not sounding real sure about that. What he does remember is getting his first "real clubs" at age 4.
Now he has a real game to go with those real clubs.
Matthews played on the Eagle Trace course Friday, the tougher of the two courses, and said that lately, "I’ve been hitting it great. I just need to keep it up."
At Temple, Matthews is studying adult organizational development, which he describes as "psychology oriented."
And anything psychology oriented works quite well in golf since that’s a major part of the game.
"It’s 90 percent mental," Matthews said of golf. "You really have to focus on the mental part of what you’re doing."
Matthews holds a one-stroke lead over Quinlan Prchal and Drew Czuchry, who both posted 67.
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