20 Sep Less is More for Psychotherapist Sughrue
When things get challenging on the golf course for Matthew Sughrue, as they did when he was 2 down after six holes against Randy Mitchell in the first round of match play Monday in the 2016 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship, the psychotherapist relies on the same advice that he provides to athletes in his practice: regulate your emotions and stay focused.
“I ask myself, what would I tell myself?” he said. “Then I tell myself that.” The process worked when he came back from the early deficit to defeat Mitchell, of Wilmington, Del., 4 and 2, at Old Warson Country Club.
This is the first U.S. Senior Amateur for Sughrue, 57, of Arlington, Va. “My mindset is I have to knock them down one at a time,” he said. “It takes luck and a lot of patience to get through six matches and be the winner. I think I have enough game, but the field is so strong that you need some luck to go your way.”