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Huus ends Yellowjacket golf career at state

Perham's Becca Huus watches her shot during the Class AA Championships at the Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn. Robert Williams/Forum News Service

It was a remarkable end to an extraordinary career at Perham High School for Becca Huus. Huus capped off her career with her fourth straight appearance at the Minnesota State High School League’s Class AA Championships at the Ridges at Sand Creek Golf Course in Jordan, Minn.

The four time state participant, finished in a four-way tie for 18th overall. Huus improved on her finish from the 2015 state championships by four spots.

Huus opened tournament play with an opening round 85. She fired a 45 on the first nine and came into the clubhouse with a 40 on the second nine. Her opening round was extended due to inclement weather. She improved on her day one mark, finishing with an 81 on the second day. She finished with a 41 on the first nine, while coming into the clubhouse with a 40 on the second nine.

Huus, the daughter of Guy and Marie, said the experience was a lot of fun. It was a very unique end to her Yellowjacket career. It featured one of the longest 18 hole rounds in Perham girls golf history. The first round was marred by weather. Huus teed off at 9 a.m., played six holes but was called off the course due to a rain delay. After a delay of more than an hour and a half, Huus returned to the course. She reached her 18th hole of the day, only to be stopped by another rain delay. The golfers waited for two hours, hoping the storms would stay away. Unfortunately, they didn’t stay away from the area, forcing the suspension of play on the first day. Huus was able to finish her first round at 7 a.m. on the second day. It took Huus 17 minutes to finish her final hole the next day.

“It was a long day,” Huus said. “But it was fun and it was enjoyable to get down there.”

Despite the distractions of the weather and rain delays, Huus was able to drop four strokes off of her opening day score on the second day of the tournament.

“I wanted to play better and I wanted to putt better,” Huus said. “I was just in the zone. I wish I would have dropped a bit more. If I could redo a few swings and a few putts that would have just dropped, it would have saved me a lot. If I could redo a few swings, that’s what I wish I could redo.”

She played really well both days, Perham girls golf coach Cory Solberg said. “On the second day, she was consistent and played really solid.”

Huus graduates Perham as one of the most decorated golfers in the Heart O’Lakes Conference. She finished her career as the three-time HOL Girls Golfer of the Year and a four time MSHSL State Participant.

“She has been everything. She has been our leader, our go-to person. Everyone wants to be like her and golf with her,” Solberg said. “She has been everything. She has definitely left a fantastic mark on our program.”

Solberg has watched her golf career mature as a member of the Yellowjackets. He said he has  watched her grow up from the small, quiet shy seventh grader into the team leader for the last three years, which everyone wants to be like and she has meant everything to our program.

At the Section 8AA Championships, Huus group drew a big crowd, which featured added pressure with all of the eyes on the group, something which Solberg said she excels with handling.

“She has gone through all of it with flying colors,” Solberg said. “I have said, the higher the stakes the better she plays and the more she likes to play like that.”

As an anchor to the girls golf program, Huus continues to learn and is a player that people look up to, according to Solberg.

“I think that’s the biggest point,” Solberg said. “There is a young girl on our team thinking ‘I want to be just like Becca Huus.’ The more of those you get, the better your team is.”

A lot of her favorite moments come from the time she has spent with her teammates, Huus said, along with going to the state and the section tournaments.

Now, Huus has a summer of golf ahead of her as she gets ready to compete for the University of North Dakota in the fall. She believes golfing with the Yellowjackets has got her to where she is now and has helped her achieve her goal of golfing at the next level. After talking with college coaches her sophomore year, it was something she knew she could do when her junior year came around.

“It definitely got me to where I am now. I never thought I was going to play college golf like I have said, but it has definitely turned around,” Huus said.

Huus said her time with the Yellowjacket program has been great, including all of the support she has received.

“It has been super great. I have had great support from coaches, friends, family and teammates,” Huus said. “It’s been unreal. It’s been an amazing experience and I can’t believe it’s already over.”

Jason Groth

 Groth is a Minnesota Newspaper Association award-winning Sports Editor of the Perham Focus and the Wadena Pioneer Journal. Groth worked in Grand Rapids as the Sports Director at KOZY/KMFY radio for two years and prior to that he was the Sports Editor/Writer for the Grand Rapids Herald-Review for seven years. 

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