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Rusty Story to play golf for TLU

 
Rusty Story to play golf for TLU
LVISD La Vernia High School graduate Rusty Story officially signs with Texas Lutheran University in Seguin where he will attend school and play golf for the Bulldogs. He is joined by his mother, Jonett Kunze Story; and his father, Russell Story; as well as (back, l-r) Principal Kim Martin, Coach Kyle Andrews; his sister, Lindsey Story; his brother, Cade Story; his future sister-in-law, Holly Coleman; and Superintendent Jose Moreno.

On the heels of a great high school golfing career, capped off with a trip to the UIL state tournament, La Vernia graduate Rusty Story will now take his athletic talents down the road to Seguin, where he will attend school and play golf for the Texas Lutheran University (TLU) Bulldogs.

The path to get to this point wasn’t always quite so clear for Story, though, and he admitted that his initial plans for life after graduation didn’t include competitive golf.

“Honestly, I thought that playing golf in college would make things harder, as far as getting my education,” he said.

Story was initially concerned about the amount of time golf would take from his schedule, and how it might conflict with his studies. A few months back, though, he had a change of heart, and spoke to the coaches from TLU about playing for the Bulldogs.

“It was the love of the game,” he said. “My love of golf is what changed my mind. I didn’t want to give it up. I want to go as far as I can.

“And the scholarship,” he quickly added. “Getting help to pay for college is great.”

As far as that college education goes, Story isn’t quite sure what direction he is headed. He is entering school as a general studies major, and wants to see which direction his interests take him.

Story is looking forward to making some new friends, as well as the increased competition on the golf course. He is also excited for the opportunity to learn new things from his TLU teammates and coaches.

But moving forward means leaving some things behind.

“All my friends,” Story replied when asked what he will miss most about leaving La Vernia. “Leaving them will be hard, but I need to focus on what I need to do now. I’ll miss all the small-town activities, too.”

Story, a multi-sport athlete at La Vernia, also played for the Bear football team, but it was golf that truly took hold of him. He began playing at about 10 years old, but had a rather unconventional introduction to the sport.

“Mark Walton, a family friend of ours, brought some clubs over to our house one day,” Story recalled. “I started swinging them around, and I had fun. I just haven’t stopped since then.”

Over the years, Story has made some great memories on courses all over the state, but none bigger than during this year’s appearance at the UIL state tournament.

“I came up to the 18th hole, and I would have shot a 77 if I parred the hole,” he said. “That would have put me out of contention.

“I hit the first drive well down the center. I was about 245 out from the pin,” he continued. “I pulled out a 3, no, a 5-wood, and hit my second shot. It went over a tree and I couldn’t really see, but the crowd got louder and louder, and the ball fell in the hole for a double eagle.

“So just two strokes on a par 5,” he said with pride. “That’s one thing I’ll never forget. That’s never happened to me before. It’s very rare -- and to happen at the state tournament.”

Although that remains as perhaps his greatest moment in golf today, Story isn’t satisfied. He wants to continue to improve, and has the goal to simply be the best golfer he can be.

“I’d also like to be the No. 1 guy at TLU,” he added.

Story knows it is going to take a lot of hard work and dedication on the course, and he understands there will be sacrifices along the way. He is prepared to go all-in, though, and just began a summer job at the Max Starcke Park Golf Course, the home course of the TLU Bulldogs.

“I’ll be working in the evening hours, and I will be allowed free golf during the day,” he said. “So I should know the course pretty well by the time the season starts.”

When things start up later this year, Story will undoubtedly have a firm grip on his local course, and be ready to compete all over the state and country. With his “love of the game,” and a desire to continuously get better, there is no telling where golf will take him. Only time will tell.

Congratulations, Rusty, and the best of luck to you in the future.

 
 
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