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Donohue Hopes to Cap Career with a State Title

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(Sioux Falls)-  Max Donohue has spent most of his life around the game of golf.

"I started playng when I was five, my dad would take my sister and I out on Sundays, that's what i remember." says Donohue. 

 His grandfather Phil Donohue had legendary South Dakota amateur career.  Now 95 years old, grandpa still keeps an eye on Max's game.

"He's got some dementia so he can't remember everything, but he'll tell me about a shot I hit and it's fun."

   Donohue has been on the O'Gorman varsity since he was a 7th grader.  He's won ten major invite titles, and four straight city tournament titles.  He also qualified for a US Open secectional qualfiier this past summer.  That was an eye opener.

"I was out there and there were a lot of touring pros who've had some struggles recently. I see Justin Leonard on the driving range and I think I'm playing in the same tournament with him.  It gave me a lot of confidence to think I could do that someday."

  But the one tournament he hasn't won, is a state tourney, where his highest finish has been third.

"It would be great.  If it doesn't happen that's okay but it would be great to finish that way to cap it off that's what I want."

  After high school,  Donohue will play major college golf at the University of Arizona.

"Arizona, the weather will be nice so i'll be able to play year round and really hone in on my game.  The coach is Jim Anderson, he's a sioux falls native who went to O'Gorman, it'll be nice to have him look over me."

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