Girls golf: Hailey Schalk repeats as BoCoPreps Golfer of the Year

Holy Family junior becomes third three-time state champion in girls golf

Hailey Schalk of Holy Family poses for a photo at Colorado National Golf Club. Schalk was named the BoCoPreps.com Girls Golfer of the Year for the 2019 season. (photo by Brandon Boles/BoCoPreps.com)
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History was made at Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Windsor on a cold, wet day at the end of May.

For Holy Family’s Hailey Schalk, it was just another day out on the golf course.

Playing in her first state tournament since Holy Family moved up to Class 4A, Schalk got into a rhythm and never looked back in her opening round, shooting a 72 to sit even par with a six-stroke lead on the field. When Mother Nature hit with snow, the Colorado High School Activities Association declared that the round one results would suffice as the final scores, giving Schalk the individual state title.

The win sees Schalk join Cherry Creek’s Lynn Ann Moretto (1995-97) and Mullen’s Ashley Tait (2002, 2004-05) as the only three golfers to become three-time state champions in Colorado since the sport became sanctioned in 1990.

“It’s hard just to win one (state title) because there are a lot of good players in Colorado,” Schalk said. “I think it’s cool to win twice in 3A and then go up to 4A and win there. It’s definitely one of my biggest accomplishments.”

Her round in Windsor was a breeze. On 16 of the 18 holes, she hit the green in regulation and was in position to shoot birdie or par. She said there was only one swing in the entire round she would like back, a shot on hole 2 that led her to shoot her only bogey on the day.

It was also a considerable turnaround from her performance at regionals, where she admits to struggling at times and not playing the way she has her whole life.

“I played terrible,” Schalk admitted. “I think I hit only three fairways. For state, I worked on my swing because it was off. I just had a different mindset at state than I do in general. I get fired up and want to win, so having that mindset helps me play better.”

All of the work paid off, and right away she knew it was her state title for the taking, even in the higher classification.

“It’s nice when everything comes together from practice and it pays off,” Schalk said. “I get really confident when you’re hitting 16 greens. Throughout the round, even nine holes in, I felt good about my swing.”

Now the toughest task to accomplish in her high school career awaits. Schalk will have a chance to become the first golfer to win four state titles in girls golf in Colorado High School history during her senior year in 2020.  Knowing the attention that will be surrounding her next year, she looks forward to having a shot at making history and going down as the greatest to ever play the sport at the high school level in Colorado.

“I can’t be so hard on myself and need to go out there, relax and have fun,” Schalk said. “If I do that, it won’t be a big deal. There will be eyes on me to win four, but I think it’s more fun than stressful.”

Still, the Holy Family standout is back on the course competing and working to close her career on a high note. She will play in the AJGA Hale Irwin Colorado Junior at Walnut Creek this week and then will travel to South Carolina for a tournament shortly after. Other summer tournaments will be played, and when she’s not competing in a round, she will be out on the course continuing to swing.

Luckily, she embraces the grind that goes into one of the greatest high school careers to this date.

“It will be a good summer,” Schalk said. “I need to get my putting better. If I can make more putts, I think I will be a lot better. My ball striking is the best part of my game, so if I improve my short game, I’ll be even better.”

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