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Blake's Billadeau: Stopping pucks and making putts

04/21/2011, 10:00am CDT
By Brian Stensaas, Star Tribune staff writer

Chloe Billadeau shot a 40 on Tuesday for the Bears


Chloe Billadeau doesn’t just stop pucks, she makes putts.

The senior at Blake School made a name for herself as the Bears’ starting goaltender, helping Blake win the Class 1A state championship as an eighth-grader in 2007 and again in 2009.

Once the ice melts, Billadeau ditches the goalie gear for her golf clubs. On Tuesday, she shot a career-best 40 at Goodrich Golf Course in St. Paul. That was good for medalist honors in the Tri-Metro Conference event, a score she split with Breck School standout Anna Laorr.

Billadeau dropped a 30-foot putt for birdie on her first hole then took a double-bogey on her next. She then played the next seven holes 3-over par to round out the event.
“She didn’t even known [she had won] until I texted her later that night,” Blake School coach Bryan Skavnak said. “She just said, ‘Oh really? Cool.’ She;’s competitive to the point where she’ll do her best, but she’s not overly concerned about being No. 1.”
Like her days with the hockey team, Billadeau has been a staple on the girls’ golf team since she was a youngster.
Skavnak, a PGA teaching pro by day, has been working with Billadeau since she was in eighth grade. She joined the Bears’ varsity squad a year later.
“In the last two years especially she’s stepped up big time,” Skavnak said. “It’s been pretty cool to watch.”
Billadeau has been solidly in the No. 2 spot on varsity for three years, behind fellow senior Maria Brunette. Brunette has made it to state as an individual in Class 2A the last three seasons. Last year, she finished in a tie for 40th at Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan.
If Billadeau keeps this up, Brunette might have company this time around.
“I was expecting it more last year,” Skavnak said of Billadeau’s play. “But she’s always been fairly consistent, [shooting] upper 40s or below for nine holes.”
Tee to green, Billadeau has it covered.
Skavnak said she can bomb drives in excess of 250 yards – straight.
She also makes a point to hit 100 three-foot putts before every match.
“We did that in college [at St. John’s] and would have to start over if we missed after 90 or something,” Skavnak said. “She doesn’t do that, but she adapted on her own to hit 100 of them whether she makes them or misses them. It’s made a huge difference in her play."

At Goodrich - Par 35
Breck 185, St. Croix Lutheran 185, Providence 187, Visitation 189, Mounds Park 192, Blake 203, Minnehaha 219, St. Paul Academy 219, St. Anthony 223, DeLaSalle 279. Co-medalists: Anna Laorr, Breck and Chloe Billadeau, Blake, 40

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