Matt Drallmeir played in the Missouri State Golf Tournament on Monday and Tuesday, May 15-16. The junior made it to Sectionals last season, but made the jump to State in 2017. He fell short of All-State honors, shooting a 168.
Monday was a windy day at Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin. After a par on the first hole, Drallmeir struggled with the wind. He bogeyed the second and third holes before double bogeying the fourth and fifth. He bogeyed two more holes before straightening things out. He cleaned up the back nine, highlighted by a birdie on the 15th hole. After a 44 on the front nine, he shot a 37 on the back nine for a first round score of 81, putting him in the middle of the pack going into the second day.
Drallmeir couldn't improve on that first day score on Tuesday and fell short of the 150 cutoff for All-State, but still finished 68th in a 96 golfer field. Joseph Terchluse of Chaminade won State as an individual with a two 73s to shoot a 146.
"It was a battle, against the field and myself, all day, but the lessons learned are what I will take away from the tournament," said Drallmeir after the meet.
Rolla head golf coach Zack Nixon was happy to see how well Drallmeir developed in his junior season.
"I was proud of Matt during the entire tournament. He showed maturity and poise throughout," said coach Nixon. "Going into season, Matt and I collaborated on a goal attainment sheet to optimize performance. Although it had many key elements, the mental aspect of the game was it's primary focus. He has grown leaps and bounds this year and I look forward to see what he accomplishes in the future."