Adam Grate was getting that old feeling again, and that feeling was a good thing for the Hiland senior during the Div. III state golf tournament in Columbus at the Ohio State University Scarlett Course.
After shooting an opening round 84, on day one, it didn’t take long for Grate to recapture the feeling of confidence that had led him to a stunning 2-under par 70 at the district meet, a score that propelled Hiland to state.
And once that feeling crept in, he held on to it the entire 18-hole round, his final one in his great golf career, parlaying it into a 75, which jumped him all the way into the seventh place overall, meaning he had earned a spot on the second team All-Ohio list, and a spot on the Sports Wall of Fame at the Perry Reese Jr. Community Center.
“After the first five or six holes, I was hitting it good, and it felt a lot like it did at districts,” said Grate.
His play left Grate ogling the leader board once he was done, and as the scores came in and he kept crunching past players who shot better than he did on day one, he started to gain hope that he could capture a top 10 spot to grab All-Ohio honors.
“I was trying to figure it out on the big board here, and I finally figured out that I was going to finish seventh and make the top 10,” said Grate. “I knew scores wouldn’t be that low today because of conditions, but I didn’t think I’d go as low as I did. It was pretty exciting to see myself climbing the leader board as scores kept coming in over mine.”
Grate said the big difference between day one and day two was his ability to stay out of tough spots on the golf course. By putting himself in good position, he was able to limit the damage and avoid big numbers.
Perhaps Grate’s defining moment could have been his impressive birdie on the par-3 13th that drove him to a first side 38 on day two. But there was more, so much more, in Grate’s bag of tricks on this day.
Grate found himself perched just in front of the green in two on the par-5 sixth, now just three more holes in his golf career left to play.
He rolled his chip up to the pin, the ball bending, zeroing in on its intended target. It kissed the stick, then disappeared into the cup for an eagle, which put him at 1-under on the front side.
A bogey on seven, a par on eight and finally, a beautiful approach shot to the green at nine that left him with a tap-in par, gave Grate a 75, the second lowest score on day two.
It was the perfect scenario, one that Grate said he could not have dreamed up much better for himself individually.
“It was a great feeling to finally get here to state and finish my career with the team at state,” said Grate.
Because of his effort.