All Joe Terschluse needed was a 10-gallon hat Tuesday afternoon when he walked off the 18th green at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club.
Terschluse won the medalist title in the Class 4 Boys Golf State Championships on his last day as a Chaminade senior.
Firing his second consecutive 1-over-par 73 on a windswept day in southwestern Missouri, Terschluse finished with a 36-hole total of 2-over 146 and won by two shots. His eighth and final state round in four seasons with Chaminade appears to be the last time Terschluse will play a competitive round.
“I'm done. Hanging it up,” Terschluse said. “Yeah, last go-round. Ride off into the sunset.”
Terschluse is going to college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, after all. Just not to play golf.
His final memory in the sport provided not only his best state finish but his first individual state medal. A 27th-place showing last season was Terschluse's previous best.
“It was an exciting round for him,” Red Devils coach Jack Wilson said. “A great kid, so a good way to finish off four years of going to state.”
The medalist crown was the sixth in Chaminade history and first since Justin Bardgett in 2004. The last area golfer to win a Class 4 medalist title was Washington's Brad Carpenter in 2014.
Chaminade stayed put in the team standings and finished third for the second consecutive season. A 309 in the second round gave Chaminade a 615 total. Rockhurst won the title, its state-record 12th but first since 2012, at 610 with consecutive rounds of 305 and Glendale fell back into second at 613.
Colin Stolze, a junior, followed Terschluse's lead with a 76 in the second round and senior Drew Walsh had a 77 while senior Andrew Horner's 83 rounded out the Red Devils' 309. Zach Walsh's 84 was not used for the team score.
“I'm very disappointed we didn't win the team title,” Terschluse said. “That's kind of what we came here to do.”
Since Chaminade won the Class 4 title in 2004, the only St. Louis area school to win a team championship in the state's highest classification was Timberland in 2013.
The Red Devils were the only area team to get a trophy this season. St. Louis University High finished fifth at 645 and one spot out of a trophy finish. Lafayette was seventh of eight teams with a 653.
There were plenty of area golfers around the top of the individual leaderboard, however.
Washington senior Matt Hoemann finished fourth at 149, shooting a 77 in the second round after sharing the first-day lead with a 72. In his third state appearance, it was his first medal.
“I was really hoping to win, but fourth isn't the worst thing in the world,” said Hoemann, who is also the quarterback on Washington's football team and wrestled for its district championship team. “I expected to win. I expected to play well, but the second day hurt. I didn't play well.”
Ladue senior Reilly Ahearn, an UMSL signee, was one of six players who tied for fifth at 150. Like Hoemann, Ahearn shot a 77 in the second round.
Ahearn was in shape to win the medalist championship after a birdie on No. 10 put him 2 under for the day and even for the tournament. But he made triple bogeys on the next two holes and didn't have enough time to recover.
“I gave a couple of swings back there,” Ahearn said. “But you know, Joe played well and he deserved it. His putter was hot this week. On 15 we knew if he got a couple of birdies, he'd be the one.”
Terschluse did just that, making birdies on 16 and 17 and then a par on the 18th to sew up his victory over Rockhurst's Jacob Propeck and Glendale's Alexander Locke.
Though winning the medalist title wasn't necessarily foremost in his mind, Terschluse said he was determined to grind out strokes to help the team's cause.
“I've always prided myself on my ability to handle nerves,” Terschluse said. “It just seemed like this tournament was different because it's my last tournament ever. Yeah, it feels pretty good.”
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