Wells finished tied for seventh. He shot 2-over-par 74 on day one but struggled a bit on day two, posting a 77.
Well struggled around the hole, but so did many in the tournament.
“The greens were tough and pretty fast,” Springfield coach Mike Schilling said. “But it’s a beautiful course.”
Wells, who calls Springfield Country Club his home course, knows his putter wasn’t at its best.
“I hit a lot of good shots, but I just didn’t make the money putts,” he said. “I think I made just one putt over six feet in the two days.”
With the greens moving quickly, Well said he had to approach putting as if he didn’t want to make a putt.
“You can’t really try to make a putt. You’ve got to try and get good speed on it and know that it’s going to break a little more when they’re quicker,” he said. “You just got to make sure you’re not too rambunctious and hit it too hard.”
Wells entered the state tournament after a regular season that didn’t live up to his expectations. He’s hopeful that will change next season as he ramps up for his third trip to state
“I was playing scared [before tournament time], trying not to play bad, instead of going out and playing well and putting up a good score,” he said.