By Sam Draut
North Oldham’s Drew Wallace qualified for the KHSAA boys state tournament with a two-under par 70 at Seneca Golf Course in Louisville Oct. 1 at the Region 6 championship. Other North golfers that competed were Will Herman who shot a 76, Tyler Allred 76, Matt Raybine 77, and Thomas Ashton an 80. The team finished with a combined 299, one stroke out of third place.
Mustang golf coach Alex Foley told his team carding between a 72 and 75 would give the golfers a legitimate chance at qualifying for the state tournament. Wallace went into the regional wanting to shoot even par in hopes of advancing to Bowling Green.
“Drew was able to succeed today because he put in the prep work on the course and had a game plan, which he stuck to throughout the day,” Foley said. “He told me before the round, ‘this course is all about trusting your shot selection and sticking to it’ which he obviously did.”
In dry conditions, Wallace was driving the ball well off the tee box. He sank a 20-foot putt on his ninth hole that helped him ease into the rest of the round.
“I hadn’t made many putts before that, so it gave me some confidence on the greens,” Wallace said.
His putting was consistent enough to keep him under par.
“My putting was really solid,” Wallace said. “I didn’t make many long putts, but I was able to lag in close to give me easy pars.”
In a season filled with solid performances, Foley calls Wallace the model of consistency.
“His progression is completely on his on self-motor and determination,” Foley said. “He has a work ethic second to none and works diligently with his swing coach to perfect his swing.”
Foley said Wallace is swinging confidently right now.
“Drew has all the tools to put together a strong showing at state,” Foley said. “All he needs to do is prepare just as he has done all year long and continue to trust his swing.”
Wallace wants to finish in the top 10 of the state tournament, which begins Oct. 11 at Bowling Green Country Club.