NEW BLOOMFIELD — John Trecha had to make an important decision in what could have been his last round of golf as a Rock Bridge Bruin. He needed to figure out which set of irons to use in the Class 4 District 5 tournament.
He could go with his brand-new set of Ping S58s. Trecha spent most of last week, including Saturday and Sunday at Country Club of Missouri, trying to perfect his swing with the shiny new clubs.
But he had trouble adjusting to this set, and he never was comfortable with the transition. Plus, Monday’s competition at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield was his first district tournament, and he didn’t need any additional distractions.
There were always his trusty Cobra SSIs. After all, he had owned them for years, and he knew these irons as well as he knew his own swing.
No, that wouldn’t work. He hadn’t swung that set of irons since he bought the Pings nearly a week and a half earlier.
When Trecha couldn’t make up his mind, he decided to flip a coin.
“We were standing there in Rock Bridge’s parking lot this morning,” Bruins coach Doug Daniels said. “We were outside his car and he was trying to decide which irons to take. He asked me what I thought, and I said, ‘Just make sure you have 14 clubs.’”
Heads was the Pings, and tails was the Cobras. After the flip, the decision was made. The Cobras would make the trip to districts.
“I went with tails, because tails never fails,” Trecha said. “I guess I knew I needed to play with the Cobras, because using new irons at this point is kind of risky.”
The gamble paid off.
Trecha, along with teammate Dan Kohnle, qualified for the state tournament on May 14 and 15 in Springfield, Mo. Trecha shot a team-best 5-over 77, and Kohnle shot a 78. The Bruins finished third in the 11-team tournament.
Hickman also advanced two golfers. Chris Johnson shot a2-over 74, and Nick Wilson shot a 75. The Kewpies finished sixth with a 324. Jefferson City won districts with a 303, and its full five-man squad will advance.
As for Trecha, he’s not sure which irons he will take to state.
“I might keep hitting the Pings up until the day before state, and then switch back to the Cobras,” Trecha said jokingly. “But I like my Pings a lot, so I will probably take the Pings.”
The indecision might lead to another coin flip.