Jack Maguire left St. Petersburg High School as the 2013 Class 2A state golf champion. He entered Florida State University as one of its top recruits — and didn't disappoint. Maguire ended his season with a 70.92 stroke average, won two tournaments (USF Invitational and the Mason Rudolph Championships) and finished tied for fourth at the ACC Championship. Golfweek named him a second-team All-American, he became the first Florida State freshman All-American and was named ACC Freshman of the Year. During a break between the college and summer seasons, Maguire talked about his first year at Florida State.
1 When you started your freshman year, did you think becoming an All-America selection was even a possibility?
"My main goal was to be the ACC Freshman of the Year. I think that's everyone's goal when they first start out. I was doing pretty well, but then I had a few bad tournaments. But I finished well, and I'm very thankful to win that award."
2 Was it a big jump from high school and junior golf to Division 1 college golf?
"It was an adjustment. Obviously, I had to get used to everything and playing on harder courses against good competition. But I think I adjusted quickly. It's still tournament golf. And it did help to win my first tournament. It was the first time I ever shot a 65 and a 62 and only won by a shot. That was eye-opening."
3 So what is the plan for you this summer?
"I'm going to play in the Palmer Cup (this weekend) in London. I think that's the thing I'm most proud of this season, qualifying to play in the Palmer Cup (which pits the United States' top 10 collegiate golfers against England's). I'm also going to play at Hilton Head and in the U.S. Amateur (Aug. 11-17). After that, I'll have three weeks off before going back to Florida State."
Rodney Page, Times staff writer