Rush City senior girl golfer Taylor Schellbach placed 29th out of 84 individuals at the State High School Golf Championships on June 12 and June 13 at Pebble Creek Golf Course in Becker.
Also at State, freshman Dylan Fessenden tied for 49th out of 88 golfers.
Schellbach carded 45/49 the first day and 44/47 the second, three strokes better than the previous day, for a total score of 185.
“Taylor started things out for us first early on a cold Tuesday morning,” said coach Jeremy Albright. “I always figured that first hole of the State tournament would be the toughest because of nerves, pressure. Taylor did the best in her group on that first hole. The rest of her round was up and down. I know Taylor would say that she should have done better, but I think she did great. The second day was warmer. Unfortunately for Taylor, her golf game didn’t heat up right away.
“Her second round got off to a rough start. But she pulled it together and finished her front nine with four straight pars. On her second to last hole of her second nine, she hit her second shot into the sand bunker next to the green. She then proceeded to hit “the sand shot of her life” from that bunker and holed out for a birdie. The gallery that was following her group went nuts, especially her coach,” Albright smiled.
Fessenden came in with 48/39 the first day and 42/44 the second, two strokes better than the day before, to score 173 for the tournament.
“Dylan teed it up in the afternoon on that Tuesday,” coach Albright noted. “He had a similar round to Taylor’s — some good, some not so good. Dylan started his second round shooting about bogey golf. Toward the end of his first nine and the beginning of his second nine he went on a par streak that really helped his scoring. The boys in his group, like the rest of the golfers in the tournament, had good holes and bad holes. You’ve just got to fight through the bad holes, and it will all even out.
“Both Taylor and Dylan represented Rush City very admirably at the State tournament. I have never been more proud of any athletes that I have coached. It was a great way for Taylor to finish her Rush City athletic career, and it was a great experience for Dylan. Hopefully he will be able to build on this for his future years golfing for us.
“Sadly for me,” added Albright, “this was Taylor Schellbach’s last hurrah for Rush City Schools as an athlete. She’s been with me every year I’ve been head coach, so it was hard for me to see her leave. She has been a pleasure to coach. Of course with the State tournament done, our season has come to an end. I encourage our golfers to get out to Bulrush this summer and golf a whole bunch. I also welcome anyone who is thinking about coming out for golf next year to get out there and give it a try.”