Terschluse '17 named Post-Dispatch All-Metro Boys Golfer of the Year

Posted: June 21, 2017

Joe Terschluse and Scott Worley have a lot of history together on the golf course.

Many of those hours were spent working toward a future in the sport for Terschluse, who graduated from Chaminade in May.

“When I was a sophomore or junior and if you talked to me,” Terschluse said, “the plan was playing college golf.”

Worley, the director of golf at Four Seasons Country Club in Chesterfield, worked with Terschluse throughout his high school days.

There was a bit of a rush job at play since Worley's pupil didn't take up the sport until eighth grade — though an accelerated learning curve didn't seem to be a problem.

“He has ascended very rapidly,” Worley said. “His handicap only turning in tournament scores really dropped over a four-year period almost like no one I've ever seen.”

Still, plans changed along the way for Terschluse, the Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys golfer of the year.

The means to an end simply became the conclusion of his Red Devils career, even when it was quite a memorable conclusion.

Terschluse won Missouri's Class 4 boys state medalist championship May 15-16 at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin. He long before had decided it would be his final tournament of competitive golf, opting against the possibility of pursuing the sport at a higher level to attend SMU in Dallas with only academics on his plate.

“To be honest, I just didn't perform the way I needed to at national tournaments to get the recognition from the schools I would've wanted to play at,” Terschluse said. “But I look back at it with no regrets. It all panned out with the state tournament and I had a phenomenal senior postseason. I played bad in the regular season, and it kind of all came out of nowhere starting (with the district tournament) on that rainy day at Forest Park.”

Terschluse made birdies on four of his first five holes May 3 in the Class 4 District 2 Tournament en route to a rain-shortened title with a score of 2-under-par 33.

That kicked off a 13-day period in which he was 2 under par over 63 holes, by far the best postseason performance in his four-year Red Devils career.

The finishing touch was consecutive rounds of 73 for a 2-over 146 that won the state title for Terschluse by two strokes.

“It was fun to watch,” Chaminade coach Jack Wilson said after the final round. “He likes the big moments, he lives for those big tournaments.”

Terschluse was the first Class 4 state champion from the area since Washington's Brad Carpenter in 2014, and along with Francis Howell's Mike Wootten (2011) was only the area's third Class 4 medalist in more than a decade.

The Red Devils produced consecutive Class 4 champs in Zach Pranger (2003) and Justin Bardgett (2004), who were the area's last winners in the state's largest classification until Wootten in 2011.

Experience certainly helped, but Terschluse's title was his first top-20 finish in four state tournament appearances. His previous best postseason achievement was a sectional medalist title in 2016 after a sectional runner-up showing in 2015.

“I've been in contention for some bigger tournaments and had some low scores,” Terschluse said. “I knew I had it in me, it was just going to take my best golf to it. And it was two days of really solid golf. I wouldn't say it was my best golf, but it was extremely solid. I didn't make anything worse than a bogey. In the postseason I did a great job of that.”

Terschluse's lowest 18-hole round of the season was a 2-under 70 for a runner-up finish in the Class 4 Sectional 1 behind a 7-under 65 by Ladue's Reilly Ahearn at The Landings at Spirit. Ahearn's winning effort May 8 tied for the best round in Missouri high school golf history, according to the Missouri State High School Activities Association record book.

The 70 was the first time this season Terschluse shot the best score in a round for the Red Devils and it led the way to a team round of 1-over 289 that is the second-lowest ever according to MSHSAA records for a par-72 course.

“I was disappointed in how I was playing,” Terschluse said. “I don't know really what it was. The night before districts I practiced my putting and found something and it just carried me the whole postseason.”

Terschluse said Worley was a “mentor figure” throughout the last few years, both on and off the course.

Worley was on hand in Joplin to watch the first round of the state tournament and said he watched Terschluse's first swing of the second round before heading home and learning Terschluse made birdies on two of the final three holes to capture the state's top prize.

“It didn't really surprise me because Joe is about as competitive a young man as I've ever worked with,” Worley said. “He's also someone who can keep his composure. He won't get rattled very easily.”

Worley said those traits no doubt could have helped Terschluse thrive as a college player, along with his rock-solid putting.

If Terschluse had chosen that route for his future, that is.

“He certainly could have played college golf,” Worley said. “But he's going to an outstanding college and he's going to focus on his grades and things like that. You certainly have to admire him for that.”

Terschluse wavered on whether the state title was his best memory in golf. Another strong contender was a round of 7-under 64 during the summer of 2015 to win the 16th Metropolitan Junior Amateur title.

But he did say it's hard to beat winning a championship in your final tournament.

“It's awesome,” Terschluse said. “I always tell my friends now if they beat me, I won my last tournament I played in, that's more than you can say. Why come out of retirement and get beat?”

SOURCE: STLHighSchoolSports.com