Champions. Legends. Winning.
We all can think of people when we hear these words.
Champions can be all ages, and a Harrison High School junior has already earned the title of state champion.
Cole Bradley is a junior at Harrison High School and had only been golfing 18 months before he won his state championship.
Bradley is no stranger to golf and has some in his blood. His dad, Rob Bradley, was an assistant coach for the University of Alabama golf team before he became the head coach of the Purdue University golf Team.
The young prodigy joined the Harrison golf team as a freshman, and was also one of the state’s best tennis players.
Bradley decided not to continue with his tennis career after his freshman year and decided to turn his attention towards golf, which seemed to be the perfect decision for Bradley.
Imagine just joining a sport, and within the first two years you are already the best golfer in the state. Is that even possible?
Well in the 2015 state tournament, Bradley made it possible.
During the tournament, Bradley went into a sudden-death playoff with Columbia City’s Spencer Klimek.
Bradley started off the head to head playoff by shooting a par on the first hole and after the next two holes he ended the last 15 of the day shooting 3 under, and was able to clinch the title.
Coming off a dream season, Bradley is back to work and started golf practices on March 14.
This upcoming season is sure to be a huge one for Bradley, and will be one to prove his dominance.
“I’d like to improve my game,” said Bradley when asked about this upcoming season, “lower my 18-hole average, and just go for the state tile again.”
With a lot of pressure on his back from such a successful previous season, Bradley is looking forward to the more relaxing things like invitationals and hanging around with the team.
Bradley has already verbally committed to Purdue University to continue his golfing career, and who knows what he can do with his talents outside of college.
All in all, Bradley was the best golfer last season, and has potential to be state champion again this year.