Hermantown Golf Duo Pushing Each Other to State
DULUTH - Hermantown's Olivia Tusa and Callie Wilson are a dynamic duo any high school golf team would love to have.
“We've grown up playing together. Practice in the summers. We go out with our dads just the four of us,” says Hermantown senior golfer Callie Wilson, "we're always neck and neck and that's the best part we push each other to be better.”
“She knows my game sometimes better than I know my own,” says Hermantown senior golfer Olivia Tusa, “and I know her’s as well.”
Their bond coming as their families turned them into golf enthusiasts at an early age.
“My mom and dad both grew up on a golf course so it was just kind of expected of me,” says Tusa, “I've been on a golf course since I was a baby.”
“My dad was in an accident when he was a kid and he's legally blind,” says Wilson, “he can't track his own ball but he can see his ball if he's getting out there to play. I was his little tracker so he'd take me out and I'd watch his golf ball for him.”
Watching lead to learning for Callie.
“After a couple years I started swinging a club,” says Wilson, “and Olivia talked me into trying out.”
A match made for golfing.
The two growing together on the course and helping turn Hermantown into a force.
“Olivia and Callie really are the heart of our girls golf
says Hermantown head golf coach Cliff Ashby, “They have a passion for it. And have improved year after year and now are two of the better players in the state of Minnesota.”
Callie, a two time section champion, took second to Olivia at this year's section 7AA tournament.
The girls using different approaches in achieving medalist honors.
“I like that you have to test yourself mentally and how you can handle it and know you are going to hit a good shot,” says Tusa, “and if you are able to do that the whole time your game is going to be good.”
“One day it's my driver, irons, hybrids,” says Wilson, “I think just being consistent is key for this game.”
Both Wilson and Tusa finished in the top 30 at last year's state meet.
Both hope to finish their high school careers with their best finishes this year in Jordan.
“I hope it's me and her up on the podium,” says Wilson, “A real goal for individual, break 80 both days, and that should get you up there.”
“Make the top 8,” says Tusa, “get in there and hopefully play good the two days.”
And if they can push each other to that podium, they could lead their Hawks to a state team championship.
“They could each have a top 10 finish,” says Ashby, “and that would truly be outstanding when you look at the competition throughout the state of Minnesota.”