You'd be hard-pressed to find a more stylish golfer in the Men's State Team Championship field this week than the District of Columbia's Kevin McDonnell. Today, McDonnell, who plays out of Chevy Chase C.C. in Maryland, wore a pin-striped Oxford dress shirt with a tie to complete his first round in the morning and then play his scheduled second round. He looked more like a lawyer going to an arbitration chase than a guy trying to break 80.
When asked if he was trying to emulate the classic look of Bobby Jones, the affable McDonnell replied: "I'm not playing like him." McDonnell carded a 95 to go with his 91.
But all that pales in comparison to what happened to McDonnell this past winter. While at the National Cemetery in Washington, D.C., he noticed a car was in flames. Somehow, a voice inside told McDonnell to rescue the passenger, which he did moments before the vehicle exploded into flames. He saved the man's life.
"He still hasn't thanked me yet," said McDonnell, sitting just outside the Spanish-style Mayacama clubhouse late Wednesday.
Nevertheless, saving someone's life is far more heroic than anything McDonnell could produce on the golf course. -- David Shefter