ANDERSON, Ind. — As the lone area golfer to play for the state title, it is no surprise that Anderson High School’s Morgan Nadaline repeated as The Herald Bulletin’s Girls Golf Player of the Year.
It is equally no surprise the main ingredient to her success, which has been considerable despite the fact that she’s still only a sophomore.
“I think one of the impressive things is that she has a great work ethic,” said Anderson coach Bob Windlan. “Other golfers just don’t work as hard.”
“She’s a great player,” said Lapel coach John Maryan. “I know she works very hard. Even during the boys season, I would see her out working on her game. That says a lot about her character. She’s a golf-a-holic.”
That work propelled her to win Madison County Tournament medalist honors. She was second in the tough Anderson Sectional, stumbled a bit in the regional but still managed to qualify for the state, and then put on a superb showing there. Her 77-78-155 was only seven shots off the lead.
Only one of the girls who finished ahead of her was younger.
“The weather was so brutal there,” said Nadaline. “But bad weather usually doesn’t bother me that much. I just don’t think about it too much. The ball flight I have usually doesn’t get affected too much by the wind. But it was a good year. We improved as a team. Our scores went down. I was so proud of (AHS senior) Emily Parker. She qualified for the regional. But we will have four other players back next year.”
Windlan has coached some good, young golfers, first at Highland and now at Anderson. Two of those were his daughters, Sarah and Katie.
“I think Morgan is right up there with the other three best golfers I have coached — Sarah, Katie and Brittany Hubble,” said Windlan. “I think she could have won the state this year had she putted a little bit better.”
Nadaline knows she will need to continue her improvement if she is to not only make the second day leaderboard at the state, but also have a chance to win it all.
“I want to get more distance off the tee,” said Nadaline. “I intend to play a lot. My short game I still struggle with sometimes.”
Mentally she already has a very strong game.
“She has a great mentalility for the game,” said Windlan. “She has a good temperament. She doesn’t let a bad shot carry over to her next shot.”
She is halfway to a possible four-year reign as Player of the Year.
“It is a really good honor,” said Nadaline. “But I’m not taking anything for granted. I am going to continue to work hard and be ready for next season.”