ST. LOUIS — Not everyone is born for greatness, but it’s safe to say Sean McCarty was born to be great. The 45-year-old Coralville golf professional’s grassroots relationship with the game runs as deep as the roots of the rough on the Cedars Edge Golf Course in West Branch. He spent much of his childhood living in what served as the clubhouse of the former Greenview Golf Course, which his late parents, Mike and Mary, ran for a quarter-century. McCarty would walk 36 holes a day at age 6 and was entering regional tournaments a year later. He upped the dosage to 54 holes by the time he was 10 and was taking care of his parents’ course as the superintendent by age 15. His grown-up accolades are impressive — three high school state titles, a hall-of-fame career at the University of Iowa and a Big Ten Conference crown, eight Iowa PGA player of the year awards and four Iowa Open victories spanning three parts of decades — almost as impressive as his endearing humility. “It’s just my kind of personality,” McCarty said. “I’m making fun of myself, I never brag. I don’t consider myself all that good, really. I just kind of go about my business.” The business this week is the rarefied air of competing alongside the world’s set of born-for-greatness golfers. McCarty qualified in late June to play this week at the PGA Championship in St. Louis, the last of the four major tournaments accompanying each men’s golf… [Read full story]
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