In the hour between finishing his round and accepting his plaque as the Quantico Invitational individual champion, Osbourn Park senior Daniel Kefale conducted at least four interviews with reporters.
Although James River captured the tournament team title by defeating Westfield, 610-617, Kefale's two-day total of 137 -- especially his 6-under-par 66 in the final round on Thursday -- seemed to attract all the attention.
It's a scene that Kefale's teammates know all too well. For senior Mike Braun, a few more days like Wednesday -- when he tied Kefale for low score with a 1-under 71 -- and he might be fielding a few questions himself.
Braun has assumed the No. 2 spot this season behind Kefale, and his performance could prove decisive if the Yellow Jackets are to contend for a state team title.
"Obviously our main goal is that we want to win region and we want to win states but to do that you can't just have one guy out there, you need four solid scores," Braun said. "There is a lot of pressure on our next five golfers to step up and perform. . . . I think before I was just going out to play and now I am out to practice."
The 6-foot-3 Braun is a cutup who delivers wisecracks as easily as the booming drives that Osbourn Park Coach Mike Foley calls "incredibly long."
Braun is the character who dubbed his close friend, teammate and next-door neighbor Alan MacMullin, "MacMulligan." And when the pressure is thick, he can be counted on for a quip to lighten the mood.
But until he worked on his short game this summer by practicing his chipping and putting, Braun lacked the consistent low scores to take the second spot. Foley said the extra work has helped Braun improve his score by six or seven strokes.
"He has put the work in because this is his senior year and I think he wants to make his mark," Foley said. "Once he gets his game going, I expect him to shoot in the mid to low 70s."
With Kefale and Braun leading the way, Osbourn Park was third among team finishers with a 625. Senior Brad Howard, whose total of 155 included a first-day 76, helped Forest Park to a two-day total of 686. New school Battlefield posted a 710, and Woodbridge finished at 778.