Becca Wall gets what she deserves — a state berth
Becca Wall definitely is going out on top.
The Yuma High School senior will receive her diploma during the Class of 2017 Commencement, Sunday afternoon. She will take some time afterward to enjoy the moment with family, friends and classmates — then she is heading out to the Denver area for the Class 3A State Golf Championships.
The tournament will be Monday and Tuesday at the Broadlands Golf Course in Broomfield. Wall tees off her first round Monday at 10:18 a.m.
“I’m super excited,” she said earlier this week. “This is such an honor to get to do this.”
“I am so thrilled that Becca qualified for state,” coach Jenny Noble said. “She has kept the Yuma girls golf program afloat, and she needs to be commended for that.”
Wall became familiar with the game of golf at an early age, sharing that her father BJ would take her to the Indian Hills Golf Course.
“I don’t know how old I was, but I’ve always grown up around it,” she said.
However, she didn’t really get serious about the game until she went out for the YHS girls team her freshman year.
“I thought, ‘this is actually fun,’ so I stayed with it,” Wall said, sharing that coach Kris VanDeraa laid the groundwork for improvement, while also educating her on the many rules of the game. Jenny Noble took over as coach her sophomore year and has been the coach since.
Wall kept sticking it out, even when she was the only one on the team last spring.
“I just loved it, even when I was the only one,” she said. “Mrs. Noble and I bonded. We had a great time.”
Noble said it was not easy on Wall being the only one on the team, but she hung in there and she spread the word about Yuma golf.
She recruited more players during the past basketball season, during which she was a team manager for the girls team — which she did with fellow senior Brittany Ross for all four years — and several Otis students ended up coming out for team.
“Through those efforts, Becca single-handedly recruited three players for this year’s team, and those were joined by four girls from Otis,” Noble said. “Having eight newbies on the team, she showed them the ropes and was a leader in every aspect of the term.”
Having some company helped Wall, who has kept improving.
“Tons,” she said. “My mom (Terri) has a scrapbook and I was shooting 130s as a freshman and now its down to (the low 100s). Now I’m shooting a 53 on nine holes. It’s all thanks to the coaches sticking with me.”
It finally paid off early last week at the 3A Region 3 Tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Course in Windsor.
Her 106 over 18 holes ended up being her personal best, and was just enough to be the 12th qualifier of 13 to come out of Region 3 for the 84-player state field.
“When I finished coach Noble said I had a good chance,” Wall said. “Then there was a rain delay, so it was really nerve-wracking. When we found out I was in, it was pretty exciting.
“I thought I was doing horrible, but obviously not,” she added.
“Though both Becca and I figured her chances of qualifying for state were pretty slim, it’s really no surprise that she did,” Noble said. “She amazes me everyday, and I truly think she amazed herself that day at regionals.”
Now she gets to play one last time wearing the red-and-white, and on the biggest stage.
“I just want to be able to place,” she said. “I hope I get 100, that’s my goal.”