“It’s tough to lose such a talented player as Taryn,” said EHS golf coach Jerry Carroll, “but we have her for one more season and together we are looking forward to another great season. We have a very good team. We are all very happy for Taryn.”
Taryn Mayer signed her letter of intent to attend and play golf for Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Mayer has been an excellent contributor to the Red Devils golf team. She has been named All State three times, four times All Conference, has been involved with one state team championship and has placed in the top three two times.
“Taryn has been an ambassador for the sport,” Carroll said. “She is pleasont and fun to be around. She plays the game the right way. She keeps accurate scoring and works with the team to make a better team. She is both an outstanding individual and team player. I am happy for her and I know she will continue to represent the Evanston spirit in college.”
Carroll also spoke about the contributions of her parents, Dan and Shanon Mayer.
“Her parents have played an integral part in Taryn’s success,” he said. “First, by taking care of Taryn. Parents who have children involved in school activities know the time an expense involved. Taryn’s parents have worked to help raise money for the team. They have contributed in many ways to her success.”
Assistant coach Travis Robinette said he wasn’t comfortable with public speaking but had plenty to say about Taryn.
“Taryn leads by example,” Robinette said, “She has a competitive spirit and her attitude is always a positive force.
“I am so excited for her,” he continued. “I am envious to see her take her golf to the next level and I hope this starts a tradition for Evanston athletes.”
Taryn’s father Dan congratulated his daughter and got a little choked up when he spoke about her.
“I am so very proud of you,” he said. “When I first gave you clubs it wasn’t in hopes you would someday use them to go to college, I was just hoping to have you play with me. Golf has given her so much.”
Shanon Mayer, Taryn’s mother also congratulated her daughter and told her how proud she is of Taryn’s accomplishments.
So far in her high school career, Mayer has an 18-hole golf average of 86.3 and a handicap of 14.1. She has also qualified for the Girls’ Junior America’s Cup golf team for Wyoming. The organization includes golfers from across North America.
With all her involvement in sports, she has a 3.46 GPA and is looking forward to following in her father’s footsteps and will be studying psychology at the University.
After the signing ceremony, Dan Mayer told a story about making a friendly wager with his daughter while playing golf. The wager was that is Taryn won, Dan would have to pay for her to have her hair done.
“I thought, with a coupon I get my hair cut for about $8.” Dan said. “I lost the game and then was stunned to find out how much that bet cost me. I had no idea it could cost more than $80.”