Consistency was hallmark of Rennegarbe's golf game

News-DemocratDecember 13, 2013 

— When Shawn Rennegarbe walks out of Nashville High School in May with a diploma in hand, she'll be remembered for many things.

She will be remembered for her booming drives, steady iron play and short game and the drive and determination to be a champion.

With four top 10 Class A state tournament finishes and recognized as a four-time first-team all-state selection, Rennegarbe was indeed a champion.

"I can't imagine a more decorated golfer in the metro area, or Southern Illinois for that matter ... maybe the entire state,'' Nashville coach Doug Kell said. "But Shawn is also one of the sweetest young ladies that I have had the pleasure of spending a great amount of time with.

"That is a tribute to her parenting. Her parents (Greg and Stephanie Rennegarbe) have done it right when it comes to raising young adults. Shawn understands what it takes to be the best and the sacrifices necessary to be the best.''

Shawn Rennegarbe enjoyed another spectacular season in 2013.

With a 9-hole average of 35.29 and an 18-hole mark of 71.44, Rennegarbe won her fourth River-to-River Conference and fourth Class A regional championships this fall. She capped off her career by helping lead the Hornettes to what had been an elusive state championship.

"It was a good year," she said. "Coming so close to winning the state championship the three previous seasons and finally being able to win it and win it as a senior, was a great way to end my (high school) career. It's been four great years, but now I'm ready for the next stage of my life.''

The 2013 Belleville News-Democrat Co-Player of the Year, along with Edwardsville senior Emilee Flaugher, Rennegarbe will play golf at the University of Arkansas beginning in August.

For now, Rennegarbe's attentions are on the basketball court. One of the top guard/forwards in the metro-east, Rennegarbe was a major contributor on a Nashville team which won the Class 2A state title last March.

"I love playing basketball. It's a release for me and it's fun being part of a team and working together,'' Rennegarbe said. "You have the team aspect in golf as well, but it's an individual sport. To be able to win state championships in both has been one of the highlights of my four years of high school."

But golf is Rennegarbe's love and her future.

In her four years at Nashville, Rennegarbe played in 73 events -- including 9- and 18-hole matches. Rennegarbe won 50 of those events and never placed out of the top 10. Her worst finish was at the Class A state tournament as a freshman where she placed ninth.

Rennegarbe also placed fourth at state as a sophomore and second as a junior. With teammates Rennegarbe, Madi May and Natalie Johnson, Nashville never placed out of the top four at the state finals during the past four years.

Rennegarbe was in a position to win the individual state title this year. A first 2-under par 70 at Red Tail Run Golf Course near Decatur left her two shots out of the lead heading into the second round. But an 81 on the second day resulted in a fourth-place tie.

"I just had a bad day. Everybody has a bad day every now and then,'' Rennegarbe said. "But we won the state title.''

Rennegarbe said many people have played vital roles in her development as a player. Teaching professional Don Hawkins at Stonewolf Golf Course and her parents and family quickly come to mind.

"I know I probably wouldn't have been able to accomplish all I have in summer golf and in high school without the help and support of the people at Stonewolf. They've been great to me,'' Rennegarbe said.

"My parents have provided me the means to play golf and I deeply appreciate what they've sacrificed and done for me. My mom usually is the one who travels with me when I play tournaments in the summer, but my dad would drive hundreds of miles to see me play just one round sometimes. I work hard on my game, but their support has allowed me to do so.''

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