For two Mattoon golfers, it wasn't the final round that they wanted on the season at the Class 2A state golf meets. Mattoon's Tanner Romine finished in 36th place at the 2A state boys meet at Weibring Golf Club in Normal and Kira Wolf finished in 19th place at Hickory Point Golf Course in Decatur on Saturday.
After Friday’s round was called off because of snow accumulation on greens, Romine had one day to try and finish in the top 10.
Romine had a decent start with a birdie on No. 2 but he bogeyed four of his next five holes. He couldn’t quite make up the ground he needed to finish All-State but he did still put together an 80 at Weibring Golf Club on Saturday.
Romine’s 80 put him in 36th place.
“I was a little disappointed with the outcome. I didn’t play my best round today and it could’ve been better,” Romine said. “But I am proud. I went out there and I qualified for this and it was something that I always wanted to do. I feel like everything was well worth it. This isn’t always the best way to end it but I will take it.”
Romine now moves on to the next step which will be college golf. Romine said he couldn’t have asked for a better four years of golf at Mattoon.
“I would like to thank (Mattoon) coach (Bob) Lockart and Mattoon athletics for an amazing four years,” Romine said. “It’s been a pleasure and it’s been a heck of a ride. I can’t believe it’s all over. I always thought about years before what it would be like and it’s emotional. I am doing my best to stay strong.”
Wolf played 1-under par on her final eight holes on Saturday — a testament to her perseverance.
Because it would have been easy for the round get away from her after she started with four double bogeys and two bogeys on the first eight holes of her final round of the IHSA Class 2A State Girls Golf Tournament.
"I wasn't very in the game," Wolf said. "I had a lot of mis-hits and I wasn't getting up and down for par. I just kept adding big numbers. I finally got focused when I got on the back nine and started figuring out where I went wrong and correcting it."
But even with the strong finish, Wolf went home frustrated. She was tied for sixth after the first round of the tournament but her 79 in the second round gave her a two-day score of 151 and a tie for 19th — her worst finish of her three years playing at state.
"I was happy that I fought back, but there's a lot of frustration and disappointment," said Wolf, who was sixth as a freshman and 14th last year. "All in all, I wasn't happy with the round."
Wolf added that she has to learn from what happened on Saturday.
"My swing just wasn't very good. I got frustrated and I was a little emotional. There was a little bit of sadness there. I was glad that I didn't give up after the way I started out," Wolf said. "After the back nine, I wished I could have went back to the front nine and corrected my mistakes, but it doesn't work like that. I just have to learn from my mistakes and not do the same thing next year."