By Rylie Jackson
Photo by Kurt Johnson
Corner Canyon High golf superstar and Utah phenomenon Rhett Rasmussen wins competitions left and right. He truly is an awesome golfer, and an awesome person.
Rasmussen is so kind to everyone and is grateful for the blessings he has received in his life. He is a great representative of Corner Canyon and our amazing golf team, which will have very big shoes to fill after he moves on to play his collegiate golf at Brigham Young University.
The senior shot a second-day 65 to back up his opening-round 68 to win the 2015 Class 4A state golf championship by three strokes with a total score of 133. His strong showing capped a career that leaves a great legacy for the new high school in Draper.
Before Corner Canyon opened three years ago, Rasmussen was a freshman golfer at 5A Alta, where he finished tied for eighth at the state tournament. He moved to the new school in 2013 and finished third in Class 4A. He moved up to second in 2014 before finally capturing medalist honors this season.
Rasmussen not only has to manage his home life and school, but he also has to make sure he spends a lot of time practicing golf so he can be the best. Nothing can stop his determination, but he has to work to balance his crazy life.
As a senior at Corner Canyon, Rasmussen has to start preparing for the real world, having received a full-ride golf scholarship to BYU. It is the next step for a young man who started playing golf at the very young age of three, but it takes its toll on his academic pursuits and his social life.
“I’ve [already] missed 15 days [of school] this year,” he said. “My favorite part about golf is all the friendships that you can make from it.”
Just 17 years old, Rasmussen has beaten many of the best professional golfers in the area at the SLC Open. He also has won the Boys 13-14 Division Junior World title, the first to win from Utah since 1995.
Rasmussen’s favorite color is turquoise and he loves barbecue. He hasn’t decided on his favorite school subject, but he does know that he loves to ski. He used to have a pit bull, but no longer has any pets, and if you want to find him hitting balls on his favorite Utah golf course, he’ll be at Victory Ranch in Kamas.
Corner Canyon High student Rylie Jackson wrote this story as part of the Preps Utah student journalism program.