Buhler girls golf coach Brennan Torgerson always had a feeling about his daughter, Taryn.
From the moment Taryn could walk, he saw her carrying a putter and a driver, wanting to play with the high school team.
Not that he was predicting some sort of child prodigy, but he could certainly tell a love for the game as a toddler.
"I remember she would walk around with me and always ask me if she could play with the high school team," Brennan said. "She essentially grew up on the course and once she was old enough to walk, she started playing."
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Taryn dreamed of being a Crusader golfer and playing for her dad. Now she is realizing her dream.
Taryn, a freshman, will lead Buhler into its first state tournament Monday at the Class 4A tournament at Cherry Oaks in Cheney.
"It really means a lot to me," Taryn said. "To be able to play for my dad and the team getting to go to state for the first time... it's a really special feeling."
Taryn won four tournaments and had four other top-five finishes. Her scoring average was around 80 and her best score was 78, which she shot twice.
"Before the season, I didn't think I would win any tournaments," Taryn said. "But now I think if I play the way I can, then I can win any tournament."
Taryn's season really shouldn't come as a shock. She's been a staple on the junior golf scene in Kansas.
Last summer, she won the Reno County Junior Open, shooting 78, and not only did she win her age division, but she defeated all the high school players as well.
She competed in the Kansas Women's Amateur as a seventh grader and shot, at the time, her best score of 82.
"Even with all the tournaments she has played in, it will be an honor for Taryn to play at state," Brennan said. "It's an experience she is very much looking forward to."
Buhler won the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Division III-IV tournament and has placed in the top five in five other tournaments.
So what are the expectations at Cherry Oaks on Monday?
"We're hoping to put our mark on it," Taryn said. "If we play the way I think we are capable, then I don't see why we can't win it."