Badura sets bar high, reaches goal with class, stellar golf

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State champion golfer!
Danica Badura earned that title in convincing fashion last week, capping off a stellar high school career with an impressive 14-stroke win at the Class B State Golf Tournament on a windy day north of Columbus.
Any time a high school athlete can win a state championship is special, but for Danica the title was within her grasp each of the last two years, making her senior shot at the gold medal that much more exciting. Last year was especially disappointing, as she wasn’t able to make a probable second-day comeback due to a rainy weather cancellation and had to settle as the runner up, again. From that day forward, her sights were set clearly on taking dead aim this season for the pin and a state championship.
Danica left no doubt, dominating the field each time out and winning every meet she played in by large margins while carding a cumulative 21-under par scorecard her senior year. That’s impressive, as much for the unbelievable time and effort she put into practice, as well as the game day ability to focus and execute good shots, no matter the weather or course conditions.
The other aspect of Danica’s game that was a pleasure to watch was her role as a team leader and her humble yet confident demeanor on and off the course. She was ultimately playing against herself, and the course, each time out, but made it a priority to support her teammates and show by example how to play better golf.
Danica comes from a golf-loving family, with an older brother who won two state championships of his own and now tees it up of for the Huskers. She has performed well on the Nebraska Junior Golf circuit and will no doubt have success playing college golf at the University of South Dakota.
Golf is a tough sport, as much mental as physical, and this young lady turned heads with her ability to hit the ball solid, straight and on target nearly every time. Her short game was phenomenal, which let her go low, including a school record round of 63 that will likely never be broken.
Congratulations to Aurora’s newest state champion. You made Husky Nation proud!
Kurt Johnson

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