Former district champion leads golf program.
It is great to watch former players come back to their alma maters and lead programs. Nate Reding, CCHS head golf coach, won the district championship in boys golf his senior year. Now Reding and his assistants (Jeff Rodgers, Copper Carlton and Ruben Perez), are building a solid golf program. This staff is fast becoming known as one of the best golf staffs in the state.
Reding is fortunate to have a good group of youngsters to build with. One of his girl golfers is becoming a household name in the golf circles, Elle Fox. Only a freshman, Elle is already the top girl golfer in district 8-6A.
The boys’ team is in a building process. All year, they improved steadily. At the district meet, led by senior Marcus Ortiz, they shot their lowest score of the year. Almost the entire team will be back and should be a contender for the district championship next season.
The girls’ team showed great promise this past season. They won a tournament at Clear Creek on Fort Hood and in ConCan. Fox was the individual tournament champion at Clear Creek and won the Lampasas tournament with a 2 under 72 score. What an accomplishment for only a freshman. She also won the district 8-6A individual honors championship shooting a 2 under par and won the tournament by 5 strokes. She shot a tournament low of 70 on the last round of district play.
Fox is a great player but the Lady Dawgs also have two more All-District performers in junior Carly Nelson and sophomore Maddie Miller. With Nelson, Miller and Fox returning for next season, the girls’ golf team should be one of the best in central Texas. As you can see, CCHS has a loaded girls’ team and their season is not even over yet. All three will be playing in the regional golf championship this week in Arlington.
I am proud to see Coach Reding and his staff build a quality golf squad. The junior high golfers are strong in numbers and the high school squad is obviously making great strides towards becoming a district power. Building a program takes a lot of work and dedication.
The City of Copperas Cove golf course under the direction of city recreation director Joe Brown and golf course pro, Davis Dewald (a former Dawg golf district champion) have installed golf programs for the youth. Working cooperatively with the CCISD golf coaches, the golf program is growing rapidly. The course is very helpful in providing Dawg golfers practice times and the hitting range for practice.
With a helpful city staff and excellent CCISD coaches, it is obvious why the golf program at CCISD is growing rapidly. With the city and school working hand in hand, I believe the sky is the limit for the golf program.
Go Carly, Maddie and Elle at regionalºs this week. The entire Copperas Cove community is proud of you and wishes you the best.
Thought for the week, “It’s good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.” Mark Twain