By J.D. McKay
This season, the boys’ golf team was preparing to win their fourth straight sectional title. Senior Reece Compton was preparing to try to finish in the top five for the third straight year, but his goals for this season were bigger than a top 5 finish at sectionals.
“My goals were to make it back to state, obviously. Then finish on the podium,” said Compton. “I wanted to team to get a top 4 finish. That had been our goal for the past three seasons and I knew we had it in us.”
The team finished 10th Compton’s sophomore year and 7th his junior year. As the team’s lone captain, he knew he would have to be a leader to get the team to improve three spots at state.
“My role this season was to be a great teammate and lead by example. I wanted to show the underclassmen what it takes to get to the level you want to get to.”
Being the team leader his senior year would be an easy role to fill because Compton has been a hardworking golfer for a long time.
“I have had a club in my hand since I began to walk. My dad introduced the game to me at a very early age. I began competing competitively at age eight,” he said. “Now, I play between six and seven days a week and probably spend four hours a day practicing.”
Next year, he will play golf at Division-1 Purdue Fort Wayne; of course, Compton is excited about the future, but he is still disappointed to lose his senior year.
“The most disappointing part of losing the senior is being around the guys and not getting closure to how our season would have ended. Our whole team had dreamed about walking on the podium and having a medal around our neck,” said Compton.
Just like in high school, he has big goals for the first season of his college career.
“My goals are to make an impact my freshman year at Purdue Fort Wayne and keep improving,” he said. “I want to help the team win a Horizon Conference championship and make it to the NCAA regional.”
His work ethic makes these goals reachable, but part of his work ethic came from the best golfing advice he has been given.
“The best advice would be from my dad,” said Compton. “He told me to never settle or get complacent and always look for ways to improve.”