From new program to state
The Barnum Bombers girls golf team recently competed at state competition. Pictured are coach Brent Donaldson, Jamie Bird, Kelsey Timm, Madeline Nelson, Geana Guillard, Brandi Lekander and coach Cullen Franek.
In 2012 the Barnum Bombers reintroduced golf to their sports program. That first year was a learning experience as the Bombers fielded a large boys and girls team.
The next year, 2013, saw the Bombers' ladies advance to the state tournament. Kelsey Timm and Jamie Bird both advanced to state competition at Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker. The Bombers played a short season as spring came late to northern Minnesota. With the short season, the ladies got the opportunity to represent Section 7A at state. They were able to keep Mille Lacs from out-scoring them in the final day of section finals in Virginia.
This was the second opportunity for both Timm and Bird to head to state. However, it was the first opportunity for Geana Guillard, Brandi Lekander and Madeline Nelson to play on the state tournament course. Guillard took the ride with both Timm and Bird the previous year to support her teammates as a spectator.
This year, however, it was a new experience as she played as a member of the Bombers' team.
The first day of the state tournament found the lady Bombers trailing their nearest competitors by several strokes, but this did not deter them.
These ladies came out in the second day ready to learn and have fun, but it was a difficult run as the tournament only got more difficult. Many of the Bomber ladies struggled to keep up with the other tournament members.
The ladies came up short of their goal, but as one of the youngest and smallest teams competing at state, with only five members, the lady Bombers are still one of the eight best single A teams in the state. It can also be difficult to go from playing par three courses to playing on a par five course.
The Minnesota State High School League confirmed this was the first Barnum Bombers golf team to advance to state tournament out of both boys and girls. These ladies can be proud to know they have the honor of being the first Bomber golf team to advance to state.