Tonawanda News — Donohue plays for the JV baseball team at NT, and the season ended just days before sectionals.
So he put down his baseball bat and picked up his golf clubs. He prepared for four straight days and, playing alongside the best golfers in Western New York, he finished 31 out of 56.
This summer, Donohue has identified his putting game as the area he will focus on the most. He said the other parts of his game have improved, even since the fall season ended.
"My driving, I don't know what happened over the winter but it really came on strong," he said. "I've just been driving beautifully, I don't really know what I'm doing different. I got new irons and they've made a world of difference. I'm killing them and hitting them straight which is the important part."
Becigneul said that makes Donohue so special and effective is his ability to adapt and his patience and calm demeanor out on the course. Competing in the No. 1 spot for the team is an accomplishment in itself, Becigneul said, and that means Donohue was playing against the teams' No. 1 golfer.
Donohue was never intimidated and always looked at playing the top competition as just another challenge.
"It can be intimidating, especially for a 10th grader, but I really saw him mature and embrace that role," Becigneul said. "Instead of being afraid of that or intimidated, he embraced and welcomed it. That was great and was a real turning point for him, not only as a golfer but as person."
Instead of playing a Winter sports next season, Donohue is going to commit to a more regimented weight program so he can increase muscle and insurance for sectionals next season. Becigneul said once he is able to combine his maturity and game management with size and strength, he will be a force that will be tough to handle for opposing teams.
"I think I matured a lot," Donohue said. "I accepted the top role but it was a lot of pressure to go out and play well every day. I like playing No. 1 because I liked being with those type of guys. I like being the leader of the team — it was a privilege."Contact Sports Editor Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find Tonawanda News sports on Twitter @TonaNewsSports.