Asher Caldwell’s earliest experiences at the golf course are not fond memories.
“As a child my parents would drag me to the golf course and I would be like can I just go home?” recalled the Morristown High School senior. “I don’t want to be here.”
Caldwell eventually gained a love for the sport and the business side of golf course management.
In March, Caldwell signed his letter of intent to attend Trine University where he will join the school’s Division III national championship qualifying program.
“It kind of seemed like the best fit because their golf program is really good,” said Caldwell recently about his decision. “And they have a golf management program in the school. That is something I really want to learn – how to become a golf pro, as in someone who manages a course.”
Before Caldwell can fully turn his attention to Trine, located in Angola, Indiana, there is work to be done in his final high school season.
The golf regional qualifier in 2021 is on track for a repeat performance.
Caldwell won the Shelby County Tournament on April 23 at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh and now has his sights set on winning the Mid-Hoosier Conference Tournament Saturday at North Branch in Greensburg.
“My goal (this year) was to win the county championship. Last year, I lost by one stroke,” said Caldwell. “So to win that was really special this year.”
Caldwell shot 5-over-par 77 at the county tournament which left him tied with Triton Central junior Oliver Gearlds. Caldwell promptly birdied the first playoff hole to be declared champion.
The day was made more special when Morristown captured the team title too.
“That was a really big win for the whole team,” he said.
With one goal accomplished, Caldwell looks to take the MHC title – one he lost by three strokes last year.
“My goal is focused on winning conference,” he said.
Two days after graduating from Morristown, Caldwell will look to qualify for regional competition at the Greenfield-Central Sectional at Hawk’s Tail Golf Course. He shot 81 last year to earn the third advancing spot.
“My goal is to win the sectional or make it to the regional again,” said Caldwell. “I made it to regional last year. I was only the fourth player out of Morristown to do so.
“So now my goal is to advance out of the regional and go to the state (tournament).”
Then he can focus on playing at the next level which will include endless hours at the one place he could not stand as a child.
“Between my eighth grade and freshman year I flipped the switch and really loved it,” said Caldwell. “Ever since, I have been hooked (on golf).”
Caldwell will major in Business and his role with the golf program allows him to take golf management classes.
“It is basically business management classes along with the golf stuff,” he said.
Caldwell is the son of Dana and Audra Caldwell. He has two older brothers, Gabe and Jordan.
Being able to sign his letter of intent at the school in front of friends and family was a big moment.
“I really don’t know how to put it,” he said. “It was really special because my parents and my brother (Jordan) were there.
“It was a really cool to experience that and have everyone there watching me do that.”