After a season of pushing each other on the golf course, it was a fitting end for Schuyler Wetzel and Cassidy Vollmer that their final competitive round of high school golf was played together.
The powerful 1A and 1B punch for the Hot Springs girls golf team may have come up just short of its goal to win team and individual state titles, but Wetzel and Vollmer don’t have any regrets because they did it together.
The duo, which played in the final group on the final day, finished in a three-way tie with Parkston’s Sydney Bormann for the top spot at the Class A state tournament with two-day totals of 153, but lost in a playoff on their home course of Southern Hills in Hot Springs. It was the second consecutive year Wetzel and Vollmer finished with the identical score at the state tournament.
“It was really exciting, a good experience and a lot of fun,” said Vollmer of the final day. “She is the one person in the region that can beat me and I am the one person that can beat her.”
“We talked about playing the same so that we could stay together,” Wetzel said. “We didn’t know if it would happen, but it was a lot of fun.”
Wetzel and Vollmer lead a strong group of eight golfers on the Best of the West girls golf team.
Wetzel, who will play golf at Chadron State College in Nebraska next year, said Vollmer's competitiveness pushed both players to improve their games.
“We have been on the golf team for six years together and that is how I met her,” Wetzel said.
Vollmer, who will be a senior in the fall, said Wetzel is a more consistent golfer, but she has learned to be a better scrambler in recent years.
“I was just really glad Schuyler was in the playoff with me because we wanted each other to do good,” she said. “Schuyler gets nervous and I really don’t, so we were there for each other.”
The duo also helped the Bison program to its best finish at state with its second-place showing.
Both players said next season will be different as they go their separate ways on the course for the first time in years, but they are also ready for the next challenge.
The Spearfish duo of Hayley Decker and Megan Dunn join Wetzel and Vollmer on the first team after they posted top-seven finishes at the Class A state tournament.
Rapid City Stevens’ Erin Rezich finished 12th as the lone Class AA representative and was joined on the second team by Belle Fourche’s Liz Day, Spearfish’s Nellie Enderby and South Central’s Kristen Shanahan, who finished third at the Class B meet.