The Rolla golf team made the trip down to Springfield to take part in the Ozark Conference meet at Rivercut Golf Course on Monday, April 22. The Bulldogs had a great showing, finishing in second place as a team, while earning a number of individual conference honors.
All five Rolla golfers earned a form of conference recognition, led by Jeriah Jordan. Rolla's top golfer shot a +6 78 for the round, finishing in a tie for fourth overall to earn first team All-Conference honors. Evan Moore wasn't far behind with an 80, also earned All-Conference first team honors while finishing in a tie for sixth. Jack Gesualdi finished in ninth place by shooting an 82 to be named All-Conference first team. Evan Colench was just three strokes behind, shooting an 85 to earn Honorable Mention recognition in the conference. Rounding things out for Rolla was Nate Pulliam, who was also named All-Conference Honorable Mention after shooting an 87.
"The team did a great job today. They didn’t play their best, but they kept their head in it and scored well," said head coach Zack Nixon. "Beyond their performances, I was proud of them for the compliments I received from different parents about their maturity and poise on the course. The parents said it didn’t matter what type of shot they hit, good or bad, they couldn’t tell from their body language. The team has been working on the mental aspect of their game all season and they are starting to see the dividends from that hard work and diligence."
Rolla finished with a team score of 325, falling just five strokes behind Glendale's first place finish. Lebanon took third in the conference with a score of 338.
"It was a great day. We were close to eclipsing Glendale for the win which is a significant self-confidence boost going into districts," said coach Nixon. "Us and Lebanon have gone back and forth all season, and they have beaten us in the previous four outings. We always enjoy playing against them because they are great competitors with great attitudes. Having said that about Lebanon, it was nice to beat them our last time seeing them for the season since we dropped down to Class 3 this year."
Rolla will take part in their District Tournament on Monday, April 29-30 at Franklin County Country Club. Rolla will have a new slate of teams in their District this season, including Priory, Salem, Borgia, Westminster and a slew of Four Rivers Conference schools in Owensville, Pacific, St. Clair, Sullivan and Union.