The contest asked Golf Channel viewers to tell a life lesson their father taught them through the game of golf or on the golf course. From thousands of entries, MJ was chosen as one of five finalists for his 200-word story on his father, ML Mc Colgan. Fans will choose the grand prize winner by voting online.
MJ Mc Colgan, a 2002 graduate of San Ramon Valley High School, said he was surprised to win the essay contest.
"It will make Father's Day extra special for my dad as we have created lots of good memories playing golf together since I was 5 years old," he said.
MJ was born with a walking disability and competes with his dad in the Ryder Cup Alternate Shot format for Special Olympics Northern California with the use of a golf cart. He has won three National Championships, seven straight Northern California State Championships and participated in the 2003 World Summer Games in Dublin, Ireland, and the 2007 World Games in Shanghai, China.
"He wrote the story when we were at Sawgrass playing with Fred Funk before the Players Championship," said ML Mc Colgan.
"The filming went great this morning," he reported midday Monday. "The beautiful clear, sunny Danville sky made for a nice shoot."
So far Mc Colgan's prizes include a trip for two to the U.S. Open, a set of Taylor Made Golf Clubs, staff bag, golf balls for a year, and a $1,000 shopping spree at Dick's Sporting Goods.
Now fans are asked to cast a ballot for their favorite, starting June 9. The grand prize winner will be announced Father's Day, June 15, during the Golf Channel's live coverage of the U.S. Open, being held June 9-15 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. The grand prize is a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland, the historical birthplace of golf.
MJ Mc Colgan has also been inducted into the 2004 San Francisco Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he has been nominated for the California Hall Of Fame. He and his dad have co-authored five golf books, including "Walking 18 Holes with Tiger," their remembrances of playing the famous Augusta National Golf Course.
--Dolores Fox Ciardelli
Vote for MJ Mc Colgan
The Golf Channel will accept one vote per e-mail address per day starting June 9 for its grand prize trip to St. Andrew's in Scotland. Cast your ballot for MJ Mc Colgan at www.thegolfchannel.com/fathersday/