Mickey Brennan is no stranger to winner-take-all playoff holes.
The St. Dominic junior fell in a playoff in last season’s CHSAA state tournament, making his triumph earlier this month even sweeter.
Brennan beat White Plains’ Paul Terminella in two playoff holes on June 2 to win the Catholic league state title, after shooting a 3-over-75 at James Baird Golf Course in Pleasant Valley.
“Last year, going into a playoff hole, going head-to-head for a state I title, I learned from it,” Brennan said. “This year, I was more experienced, and having been in that position before, that’s probably the main reason I pulled it out.”
After both players double bogeyed the first playoff hole, Brennan finished strong, making par on the second playoff hole, while Terminella double bogeyed again.
“On the second playoff, we both hit great drives,” Brennan said. “My ball stayed on the fairway, his ball veered off to the left rough.” He said he followed up the drive with “one of the best iron shots I hit all day,” setting up an eventual putt for par.
“It was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” said Brennan, who said that after winning, he immediately thought of his teammates, his parents and his Uncle George. “To win it for them, it was really something special.