Western Carolina freshman and Dawson County alumna Madison Caldwell was named Southern Conference's Women's Golfer of the Week after finishing first among 20 competitors in a tri-match with Wofford College and Gardner-Webb University.
"It feels good to have accomplished this as a freshman because now I have many things to look forward to," Caldwell said.
Caldwell had her best collegiate round during the matchup at The Cliffs at Mountain Park when she shot one over par in the tournament on March 24. She then promptly beat her career low during a weekend tournament at the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate at Eagle's Landing Country Club. She finished with rounds of 73, 79 and 72 on March 29. It was her best ever 54-hole total.
"Recently I've been working very hard and I finally put together good scores," she said.
Her scores helped lead the Catamounts to their best finish of the season, tying for fifth in the 15-team field.
"It is a huge honor for her," said her former Dawson County Golf Coach Wes Greer.
Over the weekend Caldwell carded a career-low round of 3-under par 69 during the Rebel Intercollegiate tournament at Ole Miss.
Caldwell signed to play with West Carolina when she was a junior at Dawson.
She won the GHSA AAA state title in May of last year as a senior. She was the first golfer from Dawson County to win the title.