Winning Is Par for the Course for Mason Student

Posted: July 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

Josh Allard, a government and international politics major, studies the green almost as much as he studies for class. And it pays off. He just won the Seacoast Amateur Golf Championship, held in late June at the Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in New Hampshire.

Allard broke a tournament record the second day with a 6-under par 66 at Rochester Country Club, and had a 10-stroke lead going into the final round on June 27. He shot a 78, 8-over par, on that last day for an overall, even-par win of 212 for the tournament. This was his first time winning the Seacoast Championship, but not his first tournament win. In 2001, Allard won his home state New Hampshire Stroke Play Championship.

Allard, a part-time student at Mason, took last semester off to spend time in Florida working on his golf game. He was on the golf team at Mason for two years and has been playing since he was eight years old. He won his high school state championship in 1997. Both his mother and father are lifetime golf players.

“I would like to turn pro early next year,” says Allard, who is playing in the U.S. Public Links Championship this month in Minnesota. “I’m just waiting until I’m really ready.”

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