Elk City’s Travis Poole – Character Counts Presented by Mercy

By John Tranchina

Travis Poole is definitely more of a critic of his own performance than his coach is.

The Elk City golfer just finished a strong sophomore season, one his coach Tim Ellison was very happy with, but Poole himself was somewhat disappointed with how it ended up.

Despite placing 22nd overall (third on his team) with a 245 (84-82-79), and helping the Elks finish fourth as a team, at the Class 4A state tournament in May, Poole still wasn’t satisfied.

“As an individual, I felt like I came up a little bit short of myself with my scores, and the team, we didn’t play as well as we wanted,” Poole said. “I just think we weren’t as prepared at the start, I just think we kind of let our mindset get in the way of that.”

Poole specifically mentioned his ongoing quest to not let bad shots negatively affect him mentally, which, interestingly enough, is something that Ellison listed as one of his strengths.

“I felt like I did that a little bit, but at times, I let it get out of control,” Poole said. “It’s really important in golf. After I hit a bad shot, just trying to stay more positive about it, knowing that I can make up for it on the next one.”

Overall, Ellison was pleased with how Poole conducted himself this season.

“Travis plays the game the way it should be played,” Ellison said. “He keeps his emotions in check and is always courteous to other players. Travis is awesome to coach. I appreciate what Travis brings to the game of golf.”

And even though the season is over, the dedicated Poole is still working on improving his game, particularly his driver.

“I’m trying to play in some more competitive tournaments around the state and in surrounding states,” he said of his summer golf plans. “I just work on my game in practice as much as possible.”