Pittsford Sutherland’s Owen Corby plays beyond his years at Monroe Invitational

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – The Monroe Invitational annually gives college golfers a chance to compete at the highest level against each other.

But every so often, a rising star comes along to steal some of the spotlight.

16-year-old Owen Corby is up against the big boys this week, but doesn’t let that get to him.

“I feel like if I’m playing well I can very much be within reach of these really good players," said Corby.

The rising senior at Pittsford Sutherland has already made a name for himself locally. Corby’s won or tied for the lead in 12 tournaments since 2018, including the Summer Shootout at Glen Oak GC earlier this June.

But now, the junior golfer gets to see what it’s like going up against the top talent at the college level.

“It’s been a great experience. A very big learning experience for me. One of the biggest events I’ve ever played in. It’s fun watching guys that are really good at golf," said Corby.

On Wednesday, Corby was 3-under headed into the back nine. But that’s when he stumbled, finished at 3-over for the day. Through two rounds, Corby’s tied for 91st at 11-over.

However, he’s not counting himself out down the road, especially at a course he knows so well.

"I feel like I know this place better than most everybody here. It’s a big event and I like the competition," said Corby.

It’s also easy to see exactly where Corby gets his drive to perform well from. His grandfather, Byron Morgan, won the Monroe Invitational in 1968. Now, Corby gets to continue his family’s legacy.