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Girls golf: Timbre Shehee letting her game do the talking

Mead senior looking for strong finish in Class 4A

Timbre Shehee, of Mead, tees off ...
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Back to back rounds of 77 at CommonGround Golf Course in June of 2021 helped Mead’s Timbre Shehee to a fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state championships. Shehee will look to remain in the hunt for a first state title as a senior this spring.

Timbre Shehee’s mind could not be in a better place right now. The only thing holding her up from ripping lofty drives and nailing lengthy putts is the purposely delayed Mead High girls golf schedule and a bit of weather that has forced a few tempered practices.

The Mavericks senior won’t get her official start in until March 28 at Erie’s Cocoa Invitational, but Shehee is champing at the bit for the 2022 season ahead of her departure to the University of Northern Colorado in the fall.

“I have to work as hard as I can and fill my body with the best stuff, and fuel myself,” Shehee said recently. “And that’s all a compound effect (on golf). If I stick with that (routine) and leave it all out there, then I’ll be happy with whatever I shoot.

“I honestly want to go out there and have fun and know that at the end of the day I did everything possible to prepare for the season. I want to know that every round, I did everything I could to play my best.”

A fourth-place finish at the Class 4A state championships and a good summer of junior play, along with finding a healthier lifestyle fitting of a determined athlete are just a few factors aiding Shehee’s headstrong drive.

Shehee has been in the mix at state both opportunities she’s had, finishing top 10 in 2019 as a freshman and then excelling last year at CommonGround (the 2020 season was of course canceled). Her 2021 regionals win at Highland Hills in Greeley put her on a path to finish high at state, and she lived up to expectations by shooting back-to-back rounds of 77.

Those numbers would please a grand majority of golfers. But when recently reflecting on last year’s state tournament, Shehee had some feelings of missed opportunities.

Shehee described her summer as decent, with solid scores but no major victories. But looking forward to her final season with Mead, she said she found a lot of things on and off the course that she feels good about.

“I got some pretty good rounds under my belt,” Shehee said. “I didn’t really play the way I wanted to, or place at any really big tournaments over the summer, but I know my hard work is going to reflect this year and I’m just really excited to see what I can do.”

The season will not be void of championship-quality competition, and Shehee hopes to provide as much in that regard as some of her counterparts in the Northern Colorado Athletic Association provide her.

Holy Family returns reigning state champion Jessica Mason, and the Tigers have a few aces up their sleeve that will keep them relevant beyond Mason herself. Erie’s roster has been bolstered by the additions of Hadley Ashton (a freshman who has lit up the junior scene), Logan Hale (finished sixth in Class 3A while playing for Vail Christian) and Kait Park (placed top-20 in 5A for Pine Creek).

That group will have numerous opportunities to fight for the top spot in NCAC tournament play week in and week out, making each event a valid preparatory step for regionals and state — the only difference being the ability to knit two consecutive rounds together in the state championships.

As Shehee looks to compete with all those girls, she also knows she can help younger MHS teammates along. She will have help in that effort, as Mead also has two other returning state qualifiers — seniors Callie Pyle and Jodean Amen. The Mavericks also added Jason Klatt to the coaching staff.

“That’ll add some good competition for Jess and I … but honestly they’re all my good friends and I’d be happy if any one of them won,” Shehee said of her NCAC counterparts. “Obviously, the ultimate goal is to win state and leave it all out there on the course. Make sure that every shot matters.”