Photo by Diane Cox
ROXANA — From start to finish, Zack Moore of Roxana had things flowing his way during the golf season.
He began the past fall with a victory and finished it with a solid outing in the Class 2A IHSA golf state finals at Normal. For his robust efforts, Moore was selected AdVantage News’ Boys Golfer of the Year. He drove to bigger and better things over the course of the three-month season.
“Zach is a very mature player and a consistent one,” Roxana coach Jeff Pare said.
Moore, who averaged 37.3 strokes per nine holes, made it known early in the season that he was shooting for a banner campaign.
He won the Hickory Stick Invite at Belk Park Golf Course in Wood River for the second time, recording a 70 in August. His game began to grow.
“I started off the season strong because that score (70) was the best I shot in high school,” Moore said. “In most of the matches after that, I shot well. I did have a couple of rough spots, but I thought my whole year went really smooth.”
He added, “I think I was mentally tougher this season. I did a lot better playing in bad weather conditions than I did in past years. I got used to it. My putting also improved. I got a new putter and I was able to make a lot of big putts this season. I made a 75-footer at state.”
He carded an 83 at Belk in 2A regional competition and then logged a 79 in sectional action — good for sixth place — at Waterloo. Moore finished his season on a high note, registering a 159 score on Wiebring Golf Course at Illinois State University. His closing round at Normal enabled him to tie for 28th place in the IHSA finals.
“Zack really fought hard at state and he kept grinding it out,” Pare said of the four-year letterman.
The final two days at state, where Moore had rounds of 80 and 79, gave him a degree of satisfaction.
“It was the first time I made it to state, so I’m definitely happy with what I did there,” Moore said. “The competition was really tough, but it was really cool to be playing on a college course at ISU.
“The state experience was really good.”
Next stop is college for Moore, who will be taking his talents to Lewis and Clark. He will play for Pare, the assistant coach, and Dave Sobol, the head coach. Sobol also serves as the East Alton-Wood River High coach, making it like old times for the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Moore.
“I’m looking forward to play at Lewis and Clark and then going on to play at a four-year college,” Moor said. He plans to major in psychology at LCCC.
Before that happens, he intends to play baseball this spring for the Shells. They have a new coach in Scott Harper, a former pitcher at Roxana.
“I really enjoyed my high school golf career and this season was the best one,” Moore said. “Coach Pare has been by my side in helping me and my dad (David), really has been a big help. He has worked with me a lot over the years.”