Ty Morral, recent graduate and standout golf player for the Wellsboro High School, got the opportunity to compete with the best young golfers in the entire state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, June 30 in Hershey at the Pennsylvania Golf Junior Tournament.
Though Morral didn’t shoot as well as he wanted, with two 83 rounds of golf and a 79th place finish out of a field of 120, he did get the chance to not only knock the rust off his clubs and compete, but also got the opportunity to play the course he will be familiar with while attending Millersville University.
“So basically it’s just the junior boys championship for any junior golfer in Pennsylvania,” Morral said. “During normal circumstances, a lot of college coaches would be out recruiting high school golfers.”
Though it was a good opportunity, Morral battled with less than ideal conditions throughout with blistering heat and wind playing a major factor in how he didn’t play nearly as well as he had hoped.
“Not the outcome I wanted,” Morral said. “I was not expecting the conditions to be as hard as they were. It was over 90 degrees both days, it was really windy and the course was playing a lot tougher than normal.”
Despite not playing up to his expectations, shooting 83 on back-to-back days is still more than respectable, but he couldn’t catch a break during his outing especially on the greens where he had multiple putts for eagle that barely missed. Morral feels at this point, he’s playing the best golf of his career and was not only fighting off the conditions but some rust that many athletes are trying to free themselves of after the hiatus on sports that has lasted months.
“Not being able to play as many tournaments has been tough. I’m used to playing four or five tournaments by now and they all got canceled due to COVID,” Morral said about some of the biggest struggles with kicking off rust in a summer that many would be competing and practicing during. “It was definitely good to be competing again, it’s a thing, you have to have a mental mindset and have a lot of patience going into those tournaments and I just have to look to replace that heading into college.”
With Morral set to head to Millersville University this upcoming year, this tournament especially will help prepare him for what’s ahead, with the Hershey course being one that he will be seeing often while continuing his golf career.
“I was playing with the best golfers in the state and played with a lot of really good players,” Morral said. “I wasn’t the only player who struggled, I know a lot of good golfers who struggled as well. The main reason I played in the tournament was that the Millersville PSAC Championship is played at Hershey Country Club, so it’s just a good experience for me to practice on that course.”
Don’t expect Morral to struggle next time he hits the links in Hershey though, with a little bit of the rust knocked off and a better understanding of the course, he should be able to bounce back on a course where the setup benefits him as a golfer.
“Definitely,” Morral said on improving on his performance the next time he hits the course in Hershey. “I like how the course is set up and the layout, the conditions were just way tougher than what I thought they would be.”
With just the summer to get ready, Morral is extremely confident heading into his first year of college, and with his goal to enter the starting lineup at Millersville as a freshman, he is on top of his game.
“I’m really confident,” Morral said. “Other than how I played, my game is probably the best its ever been. I’m hitting it harder than I ever have before, yeah I’m really confident heading into my freshman year.”