By MICHAEL LYCKLAMA
Perhaps it’s boring. Perhaps it’s routine. Perhaps it’s no surprise.
But crowning Idaho Falls High School’s Mandi Myers and Shelley High School’s Will Higham the Post Register’s Golfers of the Year for the third year in a row was the only choice.
The pair continued their reign of eastern Idaho golf during their senior years, topping their competitors over and over again with machine-like consistency.
Both claimed their third straight district title. Both finished in the top 10 at the state tournament (Myers sixth, Higham ninth) for the fourth straight year. And both signed scholarships to Division I schools: Myers will hit the links for the University of Northern Colorado; Higham will join his cousin Tanner Higham at Utah State.
So while both struggled in their final state tournament, they have plenty of medals to comfort them, and a future to look forward to.
Myers, who won 10 of the 12 events she competed in this spring and has a bulletin board full of more medals than she can count, is already moving on to her summer schedule. She finished fourth at The Dropping Invitational earlier this month in Boise, and will take another shot at qualifying for the Big “I” National Championships after making it last season.
While the junior schedule will keep her busy, she’s keeping an eye on the fall at Northern Colorado, where her main goal is just to qualify for tournaments.
“I think that I just need to get used to playing more,” Myers said. “In college, a lot of the time you play 36 holes one day. One thing I need to get used to is playing a lot in a short amount of time.”
Higham echoed the same humble goal for next year — just to qualify for tournaments.
“I just want to make sure I qualify for all the tournaments so I’m there,” he said. “Getting there is the most important thing, especially as a college freshman.”
Higham took an additional role this season for Shelley as the lone senior on the team with four freshmen. With a state title and a pair of second-place finishes at the state tournament under his belt, Higham was the person the four freshmen all looked to for advice. Shelley coach Quinn Twiggs said it was like having a second coach on the team.
“He’s had all the experience, so they could always just look to Will ,” Twiggs said. “He leads a lot mainly by example, being steady, working hard, practicing hard, always doing his best.”
So while the choice may not be exciting, the rest of eastern Idaho can take solace in the fact the area’s most dominant golfers for three years running are finally graduating.