North Oldham’s Drew Wallace won the Region 6 boys golf tournament hosted at Nevel Meade Golf Course Sept. 28.
Wallace, who tied for 31st in the state tournament last fall as a sophomore, carded a one-under 71 to win his first regional title.
“It means a lot, Region 6 is arguably the hardest region in the state,” Wallace said. “To call myself the Region 6 champion is a real honor.”
Although he had a more pertinent goal of qualifying for the state tournament, a regional title against competition that includes golfers from St. Xavier (Louisville), Trinity (Louisville), Ballard and Christian Academy of Louisville (CAL) is still an objective.
“The region title is always the goal, but it wasn’t on the forefront of my mind,” Wallace said. “It was more what I needed to shoot to qualify.”
North Oldham coach Alex Foley and Wallace agreed on a score of 72 prior to the round as a qualifying number for the state tournament. As course conditions diminished and scores increased, Wallace had more confidence in qualifying.
Despite rain, cooling temperatures and degrading course conditions, Wallace didn’t allow uncontrollable factors to affect his performance.
“While it was easy to complain about the weather and be negative, Drew never mentioned it,” Foley said. “That kind of toughness and professionalism is what separates him from the average golfer.”
After completing the first 11 holes, Wallace’s round was delayed for an hour-and-a-half due to weather. With prior experiences of starting and stopping rounds, Wallace had confidence that he could bounce back to where he left off.
“It was a little bit difficult due to the way I was playing and the momentum I had,” Wallace said. “I knew the holes I had coming up, finishing 12, and then 13, 14 and 15, that’s a pretty tough stretch with the wind still being up.”
There were some ups and downs during the summer for Wallace, but his confidence grew in the past few weeks. He carded a 74 in a tournament last weekend and played well in his practice round prior to the regional meet.
“I watched him struggle at times this season, but he never let it affect his attitude,” Foley said. “He works at his craft relentlessly, which allows him to trust his swing under pressure. The combination of his positive attitude and his incredible work ethic allowed him to be successful.”
The state tournament is schedule for Oct. 6 and 7 at Bowling Green Country Club.