When DCHS golfer Madison Caldwell earned Girls Golfer of the Year and grabbed the state runner up honors in Class AAA last season, many knew it would only be a matter of time before she was signed to take her talents to the collegiate level.
The prediction came true on Friday, November 14, at a signing ceremony in the media center of Dawson County High School when Caldwell inked her name to play for Western Carolina University after graduation.
This is a great day for Maddie, a great day for Dawson County and an even greater day for Western Carolina, said DCHS athletic director Grady Turner at the signing. She is a golfer in every sense of the word. She may be the best golfer we have ever had at Dawson. She has the potential for us to one day watch her play on Sunday afternoons.
The high praise for Caldwells prowess on the links came in abundance from her coaches, family and friends alike.
Shes been a joy to coach, said DCHS head golf coach Wes Greer. When I first met Maddie and saw her play, I thought immediately that she could be the best golfer Ive ever coached. I wish her the best of luck.
Caldwells love for golf started when she was in the third grade. Since then Caldwell has put in many hours on the golf course to develop into the dominant golfer she has become.
We are so proud of her hard work, said Ann Caldwell, Madisons mother. It took dedication and determination to get her to where she is at today.
Caldwell is excited about taking her talents to the next level and about her final season as a Lady Tiger.
It feels good to know that everything I have worked for has paid off, said Caldwell. It is truly satisfying. The fact that I have had a talent for golf made me work hard because God doesnt give talent like that to have it squandered. I take everything as a challenge, and golf is a challenge.
Caldwell wanted her father, David Caldwell, to know that he was the catalyst for her success.
My dad has been my biggest teacher, Caldwell said. He took time out to help me get better and has done so much for my game.
The dominance Caldwell has shown in just her first three years of high school should translate well when she steps onto the course for the first time as a collegiate golfer.
There is no stopping me, Caldwell said. I will work as hard as I can to achieve whatever I can. Once I take off, I will go as far as I can.
Dawson fans can be happy that Caldwell will take to the links for one more season with the Lady Tigers golf team this year.