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Roller signs with MSSU golf team

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Purdy High School senior Phillip Roller signed a national letter of intent to play golf at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next season. Roller is pictured above, in the front row, with his parents Kevin and Carol Roller, of Purdy. In the back row is Purdy golf coach Eli Ernst and Purdy Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert. Democrat Photo/ Jared Lankford
Purdy High School senior golfer Phillip Roller signed a national letter of intent on Nov. 20 to play golf at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin next year.

"It feels good to know that I can continue my golfing career," said Roller. "My dad was a professional golfer, and he inspired me to want to play golf."

Roller is a three-time first team All-District selection and state qualifier.

"Phillip has been the Eagles' number one golfer since his freshman year," said Grant Young, who was Roller's coach for three seasons. "His hard work in the summer and leadership for his team during the season has established Purdy as a top Class 1 golf team."

During his three-year tenure on the Eagles' golf team, Roller has earned five individual tournament titles and nine top five tournaments finishes.

"With golf, it is all about the individual," said Roller. "You have to make corrections and shots yourself. I love the challenge."

MSSU was the only school on Roller's radar. He stated that he liked the coaching staff and the school's proximity to home.

Roller also excels in the classroom. He has a 3.88 GPA and is in the top five of his class. He plans to major in business management.

"For those who want to pursue golf, you need to practice," said Roller. "You have to dedicate yourself to the sport. Golf demands time, patience and focus. No two days are the same."

Roller is the son of Kevin and Carol Roller, of Purdy.

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