Patrick MacQueen uses stellar golf game to complement law practice

When a golfer hits three under par on a single hole, it’s called the “double eagle” (sometimes also called an “albatross”) – and it’s an extremely rare occurrence. It’s also a feat that Patrick MacQueen, co-founder of MacQueen & Gottlieb, is proud to have accomplished. But, if he appreciates this victory, he also remains humble about his golf game.

“People have asked me in the past, ‘How many holes in one have you had?'” MacQueen said, “And I explain, ‘Well, I don’t have one, but I have a double eagle.’ And people say, ‘What is that?’ Or, ‘It’s not that bad.’ But, if you look at the odds, getting a double eagle is much rarer than a hole-in-one.

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If you’re wondering exactly how rare it is, the odds of scoring a double eagle are around 6 million to 1 to 5,000 to 1 for a hole in one (as a low handicap player).

For MacQueen, who actually recorded his first hole earlier this year, the game of golf isn’t so much about logging aces and birdies as it is about doing something he loves, carrying on a family tradition and satisfying his side. competitive.

“I saw my dad play golf, and he wasn’t competitive at all,” MacQueen says, “but I also saw my grandfather play and he was competitive. Playing with them was an opportunity to get out there and check it out.

It didn’t take long for MacQueen to adopt his grandfather’s competitive nature, and by age 13 he too was playing golf competitively. Something he has now passed on to his two young boys (aged 6 and 8, one of whom played a tournament at Pinehurst last summer).

“What I really like to see is that my kids aren’t scared of anything,” MacQueen says. “I get on a tee box and I see a trap and I’m like, ‘I gotta hit it there.’ And my boys come back with, ‘Do it right over the trap, dad,’ or, ‘Do it over the water; we do not care?'”

Fearlessness is something MacQueen learned to appreciate in his own life as well – on and off the fairway. “I’m really not afraid of anything on the golf course,” he says, attributing much of his confidence to the demands of his profession.

“I actually think being a lawyer makes me a better golfer,” MacQueen says. “There is a lot of pressure in real estate law. You want to do well for your customers. You want to perform at a high level if you go to court. And that kind of pressure translates well on the golf course.

Another parallel MacQueen identifies between his work life and his professional life is the value of continuous learning and eventual mastery.

“If you want to be good at either – your job or golf – you have to master the fundamentals,” says MacQueen, who hopes to take a trip abroad to play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland. . “And for me, that’s getting into your rehearsals, getting into your practice, and learning from others.”

Jon J. Epps