Sam Draut / The Oldham Era
Drew Wallace stuck to his game plan and routine to bounce back from a poor start. The North Oldham sophomore tied for 31st with an 11-over 155 in the boys golf state tournament at Bowling Green Country Club Oct. 11 and 12.
Mustang golf coach Alex Foley said Wallace’s mental toughness sets him apart from an average player.
“Drew did a phenomenal job handling the pressure of the state tournament. He got off to possibly the worst start he could have on the first day. He could have very easily just given up,” Foley said. “However, he did what he has done all year, which was respond to adversity by sticking to his routine and game plan. It’s when everything goes wrong on the golf course when you find out what a player is made of.”
Things couldn’t have started much worse for Wallace. An errant tee shot that went out of bounds led to a disastrous hole that accumulated nine strokes.
One bad hole didn’t lead to another. After a quadruple boogey, Wallace birdied a par-3 on the next hole.
“Drew has a maturity far beyond the years of a sophomore, so one bad swing or hole will never cost him an entire round,” Foley said. “His ability to shake off a bad hole is what separates him from the majority of young golfers.”
After the birdie, Wallace had three straight pars followed by another birdie on a par-3. He finished the front nine six-over.
“I was able to rebound after a bad start because I have done it before. I have had some other rounds where I haven’t started well, but I ended up scoring well,” Wallace said. “Coach Foley also helped me settle in after that bad start.”
He finished with eight pars on the back nine to finish the opening round seven-over. Wallace dropped several long putts to save par and shave off strokes on his scorecard.
He thought he putted well both days.
“I felt comfortable on those greens since I have played that course in the past,” Wallace said. “It helped my scoring because I knew if I got it on the green I would have a good chance of making the putt.”
Wallace went into the second round with a goal of carding a 75. He finished with a four-over 76, which was inflated by a double-boogey on the opening hole of the back nine.
“Drew played great the second day, other than one bad swing on number 10,” Foley said. “We picked our yardages and stuck to a game plan.”
Wallace had three birdies and five bogeys on the front nine in the second round.
“I played better the second day because I started better,” Wallace said. “It was easier to settle into the round after a good start.”
Wallace was one of just 29 sophomores to compete in the state tournament.
“It was a really a great learning experience to play in state as a sophomore,” Wallace said. “It was fun to play against the best players in the state.”