When top boy golfers from different North Carolina high schools find themselves pitted against Cary Academy's No. 1, they tend to get upset. Not just because they're likely to lose, but because they're likely to lose to a girl.
That's because, according to the News & Observer, Taelor Rubin has spent five years becoming a one-woman wrecking crew for the Chargers. Because North Carolina doesn't sanction girls golf, Rubin took to competing against the boys in high school, with impressive results. Unlike most other girls who tee up for boys golf teams, Rubin rapidly rose through the Cary Academy ranks and even reached the boys state tournament as a senior.
"I think it's more intimidating for boys playing with her than it is for her playing with the boys," Cary Academy coach Greg Warren told the News & Observer. "Obviously, boys don't want to be beat by a girl, but then they see her hit and they say, 'Whoa, we've got our work cut out for us today.'"
Reaching that level took plenty of hard work and determination from the 18-year-old, who first started competing against high school boys as an eighth-grader. After two years of spending plenty of extra time before and after practices building up her drive to hit from the boys' tees, Rubin broke into her squad's top three seeds. The long road to success also included plenty of non-team affiliated tournaments on the weekend, gaining extra exposure in the process.
All that exposure and work -- not to mention her success against other boy players -- helped Rubin land a scholarship to Southeastern Conference golf power Ole Miss, where she'll finally get to compete against other girls.
Her teammates made it clear that if Rubin continues to compete as she does now, there's little doubt she will be just as successful in college, where she'll be hitting from the same distance she does now.
"It's all in their faces," Cary Academy teammate Sam Andrews told the News & Observer. "You'll see it when she tees off one or two in that first group. They're like 'What? A girl No. 1?' Then she puts up scores that beat them."
"I want to compete as a freshman, but I know it'll be hard because we have a lot of older girls on the team," she said. "I think I'll be able to come in there and give them a run for their money."