LA CROSSE – Make no mistake, Shaun Borre’s first love is hockey.
At 25, however, Borre, like most former high school standouts, found the chances to continue competing get fewer each year.
He’s not playing college hockey — just club at UW-La Crosse where he will be a senior in the fall — so he has shifted gears to golf, his second high school sport.
And lately, he’s been showing promise on the links. Last Monday at Bull’s Eye Country Club, he qualified for the Wisconsin State Amateur Tournament for the second time in three years. He tied for second with a score of 74 to move on to the annual tournament. The event will be held July 20-23 at Erin Hills Golf Course, south of Hartford.
“I’m excited to be playing in the State Amateur again and it’s going to be neat to golf Erin Hills, the site of the 2017 U.S. Open,” Borre said. “I’ve only heard good things about the course.”
His practice round was Monday.
Borre, who works at the La Crosse Country Club, tries to fit playing twice a week into his schedule, but it that isn’t possible, he spends time on the driving range.
“I don’t get out as much as I would like, but practice is better than not playing at all,” Borre said. “I competed at a high level in hockey and wanted that for golf, so I’m putting some time into the sport.”
He gets his hockey fix by assisting at West Salem, the team his older brother Eric Borre coaches.
The regional tournament last week tested not only his skills but also his patience.
A steady, slow moving rain storm delayed the action at Bull’s Eye, forcing golfers to hole up in the clubhouse for several hours. When course officials gave the word that play would commence, Borre and the rest of the competitors jumped into action.
The conditions were tough and as a result, scores were higher than usual, but the top six and a pair of alternates earned their spot in the state event.
“I didn’t think we’d get all 18 in on Monday,” Borre said. “I’m glad we did, but if I would have had to come back to finish I would have.”
At the state amateur, golfers compete 72 holes, 36 to determine the cut and another 36 after.
Two years ago, Borre didn’t make the cut at The BOG in Saukville.
“There are a lot of great golfers in the state and my goal is to make the cut and see what happens from there,” Borre said. “I played well at the qualifier and I think I’ve improved my all-around game quite a bit since high school. I take golf more seriously now than I did in high school and I’m excited about playing in this tournament.”
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