Fond du Lac junior golfer Shania Schibbelhut was one of the Cardinals’ top returners from last season, and she and the team are off to a good start. They’ve played five total meets, with Schibbelhut leading the team in four of them. Fondy is 2-0 in duel meets so far. Fond du Lac starts school Sept. 3, and Schibbelhut — who made academic all-state last year — just started working part-time at Rogen’s Shoes. Her first day was Monday.
We chatted with Schibbelhut during her lunchbreak.
The Reporter: You guys have been practicing at 7 a.m. since golf started. What’s it like getting up that early?
Shania Schibbelhut: It feels good to start my day that early. I’m used to it now. It helps my mindset for school, especially.
TR: You’re five meets into the season already — three invitationals and two duals. How do you think the team has performed so far?
SS: We have definitely been seeing improvement since last year. Most of us have been playing with each other for two or three years now, so we’re really comfortable with each other. We know each other’s skills. We’ve been working hard all summer.
TR: You guys beat Appleton East on Friday for the first time in a while, and shot under 200 for the first time in two years. What was that like?
SS: It felt amazing. We’ve already won more matches (2) than we’ve won in the past two years combined. I think we’re seeing more confidence in our team as a whole. We know we can win. We have that drive now.
TR: You’ve led the team at four of the five meets. How happy are you with your play so far?
SS: I feel like I’ve relly improved from the last two seasons. A 39 (at Wisconsin Dells invite last Wednesday) is my low of my career (9-hole) . I had never shot in the 80s before (18 holes).
TR: It’s still early in the season, but do you have any goals in mind for the team or yourself?
SS: I would like us to continue to shoot in the 40s. If we could have three or four girls consistenly in the 40s that would really help us and we could do some damage. I would like to shoot in the low 40s — maybe even high 30s.
TR: You guys played four meets in four days last week Tuesday-Friday, including back-to-back invites Tuesday-Wednesday. How tough was that?
SS: I can speak fo the team in saying we were not used to it. It was rough. It was hot Tuesday (at Trapper’s Turn) and there was no drinking water on the course. The next day at Christmas Mountain we had to play a full 18. By the end of that we were completely exhausted. It was a tiring week.
TR: Along with school, golf and maintaining a social life, you started working part-time today. How are you going to balance it all?
SS: It’ll defnitely be a challenge, but I’m up for it. I’m sure my job will work around my busy schedule. It helps that golf only goes through the first week in October. School and homework is the priority.