Roller takes sixth at state tourney

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Democrat Photo by Jared Lankford Awaiting the results Purdy senior golfer watches his putt on the eighth green during the state championship on May 14.

Purdy's Phillip Roller became the first golfer in the last 30 years at Purdy High School to earn a medal and be named to the All-State golf team.

Roller shot an 81 on the first day and an 80 on day two at the state tournament held at Silo Ridge Country Club in Bolivar. The 161 two-day round was good for a sixth place finish.

"It feels great and it was my highest finish at state," said Roller. "I would have liked to been higher on the list but I improved every year."

The last Purdy golfer to earn All-State honors was someone Roller knows very well, his father, Kevin Roller.

"My dad and I have played a lot of golf together," said Roller. "He taught me to love the game. Knowing that my name will be next to his on the banner in the high school gym makes me proud."

Trevor Cronin and Sean Weber, of Barat Academy in Chesterfield took the top two individual spots. Cronin shot a 155 (76, 79) and Weber carded a 156 (81, 75).

Levi Gotto, (78, 79), of St. Vincent, and Derek Rohlfsen, (77, 80), of Tarkio, tied for third with a 157. Connor Schlegel, of McAuley, took fifth with a 159 (81, 80).

Wind was the biggest obstacle facing the entire playing field. Gusts topped 25 miles per hour on the final day of competition.

"I was happy with my overall play," said Roller. "The wind forced a lot of players to play more conservative. I was able to hit my drive well and stayed in the fairway all day."

Roller now turns his attention to the next step in his golfing career. He is committed to play collegiately at Missouri State University in Joplin next year.

"My ultimate goal is to make it to the PGA tour," said Roller. "I want to get a good education at Southern and develop my game."

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