Velma-Alma senior Rebecca Humphreys was playing golf Wednesday at the Class 2A girls golf state championship at Trosper Park with a cast on one hand.
Humphreys broke a bone in her wrist during basketball season but didn’t know it until she started swinging a golf club.
“It took me a couple of months to find out it was actually shattered,” Humphreys said. “Once I started my golf swing and popping my wrist back, it started swelling and bruising. I realized something was really wrong. That’s when I went to the doctor.”
At first, Humphreys had to wear a cast above her elbow, but Velma-Alma didn’t have enough players for a golf team without her. So Humphreys would hit off the tee one-handed and started using a belly putter on the greens.
A month ago, the cast was repositioned below the elbow so Humphreys could at least use her hand to help guide her driver. Humphreys has been able to shave off almost 25 strokes since first wearing the cast.
“I’m happy the way I’ve been playing,” she said. “At the qualifier I shot a 120. At the regional I shot a 110. Today (Wednesday) I shot a 96.”
Before the wrist injury, Humphreys normally would shoot in the mid-80s. Velma-Alma qualified as a team for the first time to the state tournament this year.
“I wanted to come out (and play golf) so we would have a shot (at the state tournament),” Humphreys said. “We ended up making it so it paid off.”
EAGLES HAVE LANDED
Two golfers shot eagles on Wednesday. Kaylee Peterson of Chisholm had an eagle on the par 4 No. 10 while Aubrey Jordan of Latta scored an eagle on the par 5 No. 12.