2017-09-29 / Sports Spotlight

Trumpler makes huge transition to the links

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Scarborough High School senior Ian Trumpler took up competitive golf at the beginning of his eighth grade year because he was interested in the mental and physical skill it takes to excel at the sport. (Michael Kelley photos) Scarborough High School senior Ian Trumpler took up competitive golf at the beginning of his eighth grade year because he was interested in the mental and physical skill it takes to excel at the sport. (Michael Kelley photos) After years of playing baseball, basketball and football, Scarborough High School senior Ian Trumpler gave up those sports in eighth grade for a more mentally challenging one, settling on golf.

“It was a lot more mental. That interested me. It’s a lot more on yourself than relying on your team,” Trumpler said at a practice last week at Willowdale Golf Club. “The majority of the game is mental. You can’t get down on yourself ever. If you have a bad hole or shot, you just have to move on.”

Head coach Mike Murphy said that bounce-back mentality is what sets Trumpler apart from other golfers.

“He’s a grinder. This is a kid that never gives up. Golf brings out the character in you because it is not easy. It is such a tough sport mentally. Ian really deals with the adversity golf brings. He is a delight to coach. I love the way he competes.”

Trumpler, he added, is always prepared mentally and physically and knows the consequences of stressing about a poor shot or poor hole.

“He’ll have a bad day, but he is always trying his best. There are kids that quit on themselves, but I don’t see that with him,” Murphy said.

Although Trumpler didn’t really take it up competitively until eighth grade, golf is something that runs in his family. His older brothers, dad and grandparents are all avid golfers.

“(Golf) is a big social thing for us. We play as often as we can. My grandparents have a house in Florida, so I go down during winter vacation and play a lot of golf,” Trumpler said.

While he said his favorite course to play is Dunegrass Golf Club in Old Orchard Beach because it has “great management and a great place to play,” Trumpler and his teammates have done quite well at Riverside Golf Course in Portland, where they etched a spot in the school record books.

“They have broken the school record twice; 189 was the school record at one time. The first match of the year the kids shot a 185 at Riverside. If you shoot a 200, that is a good team. Just last week, they shot a 178, also at Riverside,” Murphy said Sept. 18, the day before a match against Falmouth at Willowdale.

“This team is the best we have had in my four years. Coach said it is one of the best he has ever seen,” Trumpler said.

“We are hungry. We want a state championship,” Trumpler added.

The Red Storm, which is 7-2 heading into a Thurs- day, Sept. 28 home match against Deering, will have to continue performing well if it wants to bring home its second state title since 2014. The team has won its last six matches.

“The division we play in is extremely competitive,” Murphy said.

Falmouth, Murphy said, is expected to be the top team in the league and qualify for the state final. Murphy said he hopes Scarborough also qualifies for the state final by being one of the three non-league winners with the lowest score.

Last fall, Scarborough placing fourth at the state meet, finishing five strokes behind Gorham High School, which won a tie-breaker against Mount Ararat High School as the top team in Class A.

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