By R. Alan Richardson
After having a stellar season with the Morgan County golf team, Madison Walley has accepted a college scholarship where she will continue her golf career. Not only was Walley the number one golfer on the team finishing sixth individually in the AAA State Tournament, but led her team to a number five finish overall. We sat down with the graduate and 13-handicapper to let her tell us about her decision.
Where are you headed off to college and what helped you decide on going there?
In the fall I will be attending East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. ETBU is a four-year university and I will be receiving a $24,500 in scholarships a year for leadership and academics. There, I will be continuing my golf career.
This past summer, I started the process of searching for opportunities to continue my golf career in college by signing up for a recruiting website called ncsa.com. In this website, I could contact and be contacted by college coaches. This is how I got in touch with the ETBU coach and many other coaches.
During fall break last year, I took a tour of the campus where I meet with the coach and I was able to meet the players of the mens’ and womens’ golf teams. I loved the size of the campus and the players were very welcoming and friendly. I knew this would be a great place to go to college from the feeling alone.
What are your plans while in college and goals beyond the college life?
I am planning on majoring in Engineering. I’ve always loved math and would love to have a hands-on job. After I graduate college, I plan on getting my masters and then getting a job and moving back to Georgia to be closer to my parents if possible.
How did you get your start in golf and who do you credit with your success?
When I was little, I was around golf quite a bit with my older sister playing and we used to live across from a golf course. My dad used to always take my sisters and I out to the golf course at night and we would spend hours at a time playing together.
Outside of high school golf, where do you compete to improve your golf game? Do you have other coaches that have helped you along the way?
Outside of school, I play in the North Georgia Junior Golf Tour. I finished second place in one of the tournaments at the UGA course in Athens. Outside of high school, I have a swing coach from the UGA course, John Crumbley. He has helped me a lot this past year by tweaking my swing a little bit. My main coach though is my dad. We always go and practice together and he helps with my swing and is always pushing me to be the best I can be.
Are there others you would like to thank for getting this opportunity to play at the next level?
The main people I would like to thank for helping me get this far is my family. My parents, Stacy and Missy Walley and my sisters Mallory and Carly have always been there for me. My dad has always been willing to take me to the golf course and to help with whatever I might have been struggling with. I would also like to say thank you to my mom and my sisters who have always tried to be at as many matches and tournaments as they could. They have always supported me with everything I’ve done. Lastly, I would like to thank all of my past coaches that include Coach Pam Hooten, Coach Josh Reeves, Chuck Patterson, and my coach from my previous school in Arkansas, Coach Beau Brickell. They have supported me and encouraged me throughout this journey. My freshman and sophomore years, I qualified for state in Arkansas and won the regional tournament my sophomore year. Then we moved to Georgia and I qualified for State as an individual my junior year and as a team my senior year finishing sixth as an individual.
When asked about her strengths she told us, “I’m very competitive and I like to face good competition. My go-to club is my driver and it’s one of my strengths on the course. I would really like to improve on my consistency for college.”
Wherever her college career leads, we know that Walley will be successful at the next level due to her work ethic, leadership, and academic skills. We wish her the best.