Hastings' (now graduated) senior Hannah Hubbart put together a fitting end to her Raider sports career last Wednesday, June 12, when she tied-for-65th at the Class AAA state girls' golf tournament held at Bunker Hills Golf Club. Hubbart improved by 10 strokes on her day one score of 96 to end day two with an 86 for a 182.
It was Hubbart's first appearance at the state tournament and she said she was feeling the nerves on the first tee, especially the first day. She added that she usually gets nervous before her matches so it was nothing new. Hubbart proceeded to shoot 96 on day one, which she described as her worst round all season but quickly put behind her.
"I switched my putting grip which helped, but other than that I pretty much forgot about the round," Hubbart said.
Day two saw Hubbart improve by 10 strokes and finisher her Raider career with a solid performance.
"My putting was a lot better on day two," she said. "I was happy that I was able to come back from the round I had on day one and ending my season on a high note."
The biggest difference for Hubbart from day one to day two was cutting down on the crooked numbers in terms of double-bogeys and higher. In her first round, she had seven holes where she made double-bogey or higher-including two 7s and two 8s-while on day two she had just six double-bogeys and no score higher than a six. Day two also saw her make three birdies and five pars.
At the end of the day, she also said that it really hit her on the last hole that it was the end of her sports career as a Raider after years on varsity for the girls' golf team and girls' hockey team.
"Yes it did sink in," Hubbart said. "I was sad that it was over and really could not believe that it went by so fast."
Hubbart said she plans on playing more golf over the summer and will be attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn, come the fall.