One year ago, Toll Gate’s No. 1 golfer, Phil Krause qualified for the state golf tournament as an individual, and he fired a 76 during the first day, putting him in contention heading into the final day.
But whatever the reason – pressure, just a bad day – Krause didn’t have it on day two, putting up a 91 and finishing well off the pace.
Fast forward to this season, and in his senior year, Krause didn’t make the same mistake twice. He shot an opening round 75, and then followed that up with a 78, giving him a tie for 10th place in the state and a fitting end to his high school career.
“I think he had that in the back of his mind from last year,” Toll Gate head coach Bill Russo said. “I think that served as a little bit of a motivating factor. At the same time, I don’t think he was worked up on it and dwelling on what he did in the past. He’s got a very good demeanor for the game. He’s got a very level head.”
With a rigorous practice schedule and consistency throughout the regular season, he had every reason to feel confident.
Krause shot in either the high 30’s or low 40’s in just about every match during the regular season, and he carried that steady play into the season’s most important event.
“The consistency is all about me practicing more, the correct way, and being more consistent in every single shot,” Krause said.
To top off the year, Krause’s showing at states qualified him for New Englands, where he shot a 76 at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire to finish in 25th place overall.
That officially brought a close to Krause’s high school years, where he was a four-year varsity player for the Titans.
“I feel pretty solid,” Krause said. “I had a lot of ups and downs. I had some good rounds, some bad rounds. For all four years I was very proud of myself as I grew as a golfer. I got better and better and worked more and more on my golf game.”
But there’s still some golf on the horizon.
He’ll be attending Methodist University in North Carolina, where he’ll focus on Professional Golf Management, and he hopes to walk on to the golf team as well.
If that doesn’t work out, he’ll still be playing just about as much golf as possible.
“There’s always golf in my future,” Krause said.