By NICK McQUEEN
One of the most decorated golfers this area has seen from the time he stepped on to the course as a kid, Ellis' Skyler Tebo had won more than his fair share of tournaments. He captured gold on just about every level -- youth tourneys, national competitions, and was a four-time regional champion with the Ellis High School boys' golf team.
But in 2014, Tebo finally captured a crown that had eluded him the previous three seasons, and on his birthday no less.
It's one of the top stories for 2014.
On May 27, Tebo shot a 66 at Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course to capture his first 2A state high school championship.
"I- can't even tell you how good it feels," Tebo said following the win. "I think the best thing is I shot a 66."
Tebo had never shot better than a 76 at the state level, and finished third, in a tie for fifth and fourth at state the previous three seasons. The state win was his 16th tournament victory for the Railers.
"I think Skyer just finally had his day," said Ellis coach Matt Carroll, the tournament director as Ellis hosted the meet at 'The Fort.' "It's been four years, and he has had lots of ups and downs and I think everything just finally went his way for once."
Tebo shot six strokes better than runner-up Jared Oelke of Ellinwood. The 66 also was the best tournament score for Tebo by three strokes. He became the second Railer individual to claim a state championship, joining Chris Mickelson from 1998.
Tebo went on to compete in several summer tournaments, including qualifying for the Optimist International Qualifier, and competing in the Junior Amateur Championships and Kansas Amateur Match Play Championship.
He now is competing at Garden City Community College. Most recently, Tebo led the Broncbusters to eighth place at the NJCAA National Preview in Newton. He shot a three-day 10-over, firing a 75 on the final day to finish seventh overall.
The 2A state meet also was the first time Fort Hays Municipal hosted a state tournament.