The Rolla golf team took part in the Bolivar Tournament on Monday, April 9. The Bulldogs all shot under 100 on the day, taking fourth as a team in the 12 team tournament.
Matt Drallmeier was the top finisher for Rolla with a +10 82 on the day. He shot a 37 on the front and a 45 on the back nine. Evan Moore followed that with a 90, Jeriah Jordan shot a 92, Cameron Copeland shot a came in with a 93 and Jack Gesualdi shot a 95.
Those scores combined to give Rolla a team scored of 357, just short of all of the top three teams. Lebanon won the tournament with a team score of 340 thanks to a +1 73 from Cooper Hess. Willard and Logan-Rogersville were both seven strokes ahead of Rolla with team scores of 350.
Head coach Zack Nixon praised his team on how well they recovered from any mistakes during the Bolivar Tournament.
"The team made significant progress today. It is easy for anyone to lose focus after hitting a bad shot. We have talked extensively about how we don’t want our play to be dictated by how we feel and have our performance tied to those feelings," said coach Nixon. "On the team, we call the breakdown of giving in to negative emotions going to the 'dark side' and it hinders performance. Not one of my players went to the dark side, even though they didn’t have their best game and stayed focused on their goals. I was proud of them today because Silo is a demanding and challenging course that bested a lot of golfers, but they didn’t let it get them down."
The Bulldogs will next travel to Camdenton on Wednesday for the Camdenton Invitational at Old Kinderhook. Coach Nixon sees this tournament as a chance to see how Rolla compares with the top competition in the state.
"They will be tested at the Camdenton Invitational because that tournament is like a preview of the State Tournament containing some of the best players and teams," said coach Nixon. "I look to see them use this tournament as a stepping stone and up their games."