RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV)
Despite spending a lot of practice time indoors, Emmy Sundby has started her junior season strong. That's made a good impression on her new head coach.
"I mean I saw her on the range a lot when I was out with the boys, in the boys season in the fall," said first year Stevens golf coach Nick Rotella. "Even before this season started, the week before, she played in a tournament in Texas and another one in Colorado. And she's really been putting in the work and you can see right now, that she's picking up where she left off last year."
"Throwing down those 39's and 38's that was really exciting and it was a good confidence booster for me," said Sundby. "All my hard work is paying off."
Maybe some of the time spent indoors has been beneficial to her game.
"Her short game is fantastic around the greens," said Rotella. "She's getting a lot of tough up and downs to save par and those are some of the things you need to do to keep shooting in the high thirties."
The Stevens 11th grader placed T-15 at state last year. And she's got something in common with Phil Mickelson.
"When you first get on the tee box and the girls you're playing with are like, 'oh my gosh she's a lefty,'" said Sundby.
Though, they approached holes from a different side, Sundby learned a lot Natalie Young who graduated last year and had a great golfing career at Stevens.
"She's such a good personality person," said Sundby. "Her golfing is amazing. And her practice skills. I learned to stay cool and relaxed on your shot and every shot matters."
Most weekend golfers would do well to adopt Sundby's philosophy.
"Every shot is in the moment," said Sundby. "So it's not the next shot or the one you just hit, it's the one you're hitting right now."