Harry Fodder: Deacon Equals His UF Course Record

Gators mens golf coach J.C. Deacon popped a 60 during a round with one of his players Monday. An eagle on No. 3, followed by eight birdies gave Gators men’s coach J.C. Deacon his course record-tying round of 60 Monday at the UF Golf Course. Today l played with my coach and he shot 60. Yes… (-10) in our home course with a huge putt on 18. Awesome playing JC ?? @realjcdeacon — Ale L. Tosti (@AleTostiOK) April 17, 2017 GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In my previous life as a newspaper reporter, I covered the 2001 Bay Hill Invitational for The Orlando Sentinel . I had an all-access wristband, allowing under-the-ropes privileges, and was shadowing Tiger Woods on the back nine when a course official approached him with news that Annika Sorenstam had just fired a 59 in a LPGA event.

Tiger’s response?

"Did she have a chance at 58?"

That was not the initial tact I took when catching up early Tuesday morning with UF men’s golf coach J.C. Deacon mere hours after he shot a 10-under 60 at the 6,701-yard University of Florida Golf Course during a Monday round with sophomore standout Alejandro Tosti , tying the course record he set a year and half ago. Deacon, though, went there before I could get around to the subject.

"The 59 was never in play," he said. ‘Official’ scorecard from Monday’s round An eagle at 3 and birdies on 4, 5, 8 and 9 sent Deacon to the back side at 29. He birdied 12 and 13 to go 8-under, prompting a small gallery of Gators players who had ventured out to start thinking history. Jorge Garcia , the sophomore from Argentina, began a chant in Spanish.

"Cincuenta y nueve! Cincuenta y nueve!"

Translation: 59.

"We talk to these guys so much about the process and staying in the moment," said Deacon, the 34-year-old in his third UF season. "I was trying to live what I preach, but it was an interesting mental battle."

Tosti, meanwhile, appreciated something special was happening and let his coach have some space, while providing encouragement along the way.

After pars at 14, 15 and 16, Deacon birdied 17 and 18 to settle for his 60, tying the record round he carded on Oct. 15, 2015, six months after taking the UF post.

On the 18th green, Tosti pulled out his cell phone to video the final putt, providing Jim Nantz-like commentary as Deacon drained it, only to — get this — delete the footage by accident.

"I guess it’s not officially documented, right?" Deacon asked.

Wrong.And as if the day wasn’t good enough, Deacon, the Toronto native, went home Monday night and watched his beloved NHL Maple Leafs — who last raised the Stanley Cup 50 years ago and last won a series in 2004 — twice come from two goals down to beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series.So, which was the highlight of the day? Seriously."If the Leafs had clinched the series, […]