LONGMONT – For as long as she can remember, Timbre Shehee has been surrounded by the game of golf.
Shehee’s mother is the head golf pro at The Ranch Country Club in Westminster. Her father is the director of instruction at Ute Creek Golf Course in Longmont. Older brother TJ Shehee was a multiple-time state medalist for Mead High who now plays at the University of Northern Colorado.
She practically was raised in it and now Shehee, a sophomore at Mead, is coming into her own and quickly carving out her path in the sport of golf.
“I’ve learned a lot from TJ,” Timbre Shehee said. “He works harder than anybody I’ve ever known. I used to be kind of confused about what I want to do but when I golf with my family it’s a lot of fun. And to see my brother accomplish his goals, I’m glad that I’ve decided to pursue golf. It just makes me really happy and golf has taught me a lot about myself so I hope I get to do it for a long time.”
As just a freshman last spring, Shehee tied for ninth place at the Class 4A state championships. The then-Mavericks ninth-grader shot an 86 on the first day of a state tournament that was shortened to just that day because of snow.
Since then, Shehee said she has been working out and ran cross country in the fall to stay in shape. She’s been doing little things, like putting in her basement, more than she ever has before. Having recently developed a stronger interest in playing golf at the next level, Shehee said has never before been as motivated to work on her game as she is now.
“This year, the overall goal is to win state,” Shehee said. “I wouldn’t play if I wasn’t trying to win. But I’d also be super happy if I got top three. I know I’m capable of it and I just need to work really hard so I can do the best I can.”
Whatever Shehee has been doing is apparently working.
In the Mavericks’ first match of the new season on Monday, Shehee carded a 1-under 71 at Ute Creek to kick off the Tri-Valley League campaign. It was the best round she has ever played.
“Opening the season with my best round just makes me really excited for what I can do the rest of the season,” she said. “And I got to play with (three-time state champion) Hailey Schalk, which is really good for me because I learn a lot from her.”
The Mead girls golf program is entering its third year of existence and was a freshman- and sophomore-heavy group last season. With Shehee counted among that group, the Mavericks feel good about the direction their young team is heading.
“Now that she has seen what it’s like to play competitive high school golf, she knows what she needs to do,” Mead coach Mary Durkin said. “She’s stepped it up and now she has to meet the expectations of shooting under par. She knows what it feels like now, so now she’s going to want it more. We were really young last year and we have a lot of girls who are looking forward to stepping it up this year and we’ll rely on her experience to lead the way.”
Cream of the crop: 2019 BoCoPreps.com All-region team
First Team (Name, 2018-19 class, school )
Aubri Braecklein, So., Jefferson Academy; Jessica Mason, Fr., Holy Family; Hailey Schalk, Jr., Holy Family; Timbre Shehee, Fr., Mead; Julia Solem, Jr., Niwot; Meghan Vogt, Jr., Broomfield.
Mia Blackard, So., Legacy; Laure Bourgin, Sr., Niwot; Madison Cantwell, Jr., Erie; Ana Cole, Sr., Broomfield; Lexi Ekern, Sr., Skyline; Olivia Fauerbach, So., Frederick; Nicole Fatovic, So., Broomfield; Valeria Jimenez, Sr., Jefferson Academy; Halie Ostrom, So., Niwot; Sydney Rothstein, Fr., Niwot; Trinity Stuart, Jr., Jefferson Academy; Payton Wallace, Sr., Frederick; Mara Wissman, Jr., Erie.