Cannon School sophomore, Noah Edmondson, has helped Cannon’s golf team win its first-ever conference championship this spring. Noah, who has committed to study and play golf at Arkansas after he graduates from Cannon in 2015, was featured in a recent story published in The Charlotte Observer.
Below is the text of the newspaper article written by Sergio Tovar:
Getting his college decision out of the way early has helped Noah Edmondson on the golf course.
The Cannon School sophomore concedes that committing to Arkansas during the fall helped take some pressure off him.
Cougars coach Pat Whisenant has noticed.
“It settled him in,” he said. “He became even more focused than he was.”
That composure on the golf course has made Edmondson, a 16-year-old Davidson resident, stand out on the junior circuit and at Cannon.
After being an all-state selection as a freshman, when he finished tied for seventh at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 3A championship, Edmondson had a good summer, winning the Bubba Conlee National Junior Golf Tournament by five strokes in June. He’s built off of that to average 35.8 strokes per nine holes as the Cougars started the season 5-0 in CISAA play.
“I feel more confident going out on the course,” said Edmondson.
The lefty said his experience – he picked up the sport as soon as he could walk, when his dad put a plastic club in his hands – has been key to his improvement.
“A lot of it is maturity,” said Edmondson. “I’m playing the golf courses smarter. … Golf is a hard sport. It takes a long time to be comfortable.”
Whisenant said he can tell that the fundamentally sound Edmondson grew up playing golf. “You can’t be as good as he is unless you do something like that,” said Whisenant. “There are very few people who can pick up golf and just be really good at it – or as good as Noah.”
Whisenant said that’s a reason why Edmondson is so consistent. His work ethic is another.
“He just works at his game,” said the second-year Cannon coach, a longtime PGA pro. “He gets focused and stays focused. Not everybody can do that.”
Edmondson points to his short game, especially his putting, where he’s noticed the most improvement.
“I feel like even if I miss the green, I’m pretty confident,” he said.
Edmondson also grew a few inches since last year and stands 5-foot-11 now, which helped him add 20 yards to his drive.
He hopes to lead the Cougars in scoring average the rest of the year. But that will not come easy.
Fellow sophomore Will Gordon, Edmondson’s good friend and practice partner, who has committed to play golf at Vanderbilt, is his biggest competition.
Gordon, who tied for fourth place at states last year to also earn all-state recognition, started the season with a nine-hole average of 36 – two-tenths of a point higher than Edmondson.
Senior Grant de Gorter, a USC Upstate signee, and sophomore Anthony Perrino had a 38.1 average heading into the April 30 match against conference rival Providence Day.
Whisenant said that Edmondson, and the rest of the team, benefits from competition.
Cannon, which returned its top four players from last year, has high goals this season, looking to compete for a state title at the NCISAA 3A tournament, which is scheduled for May 13-14 at the Champions Course at Bryan Park in Greensboro.
“Everybody agrees that we have to win a state championship before individual stuff become important to them,” said Whisenant, whose girls’ golf team at Cannon has won back-to-back state titles.
Edmondson hopes he and his teammates will be more consistent than last year, when the Cougars struggled the first day of the tournament, shooting a team score of 313, before settling down to shoot a 291 the second day. Cannon finished third in the state behind Arden Christ School and Forsyth Country Day.
Regardless of how the Cougars perform at states, Whisenant thinks the future for the program looks bright, returning Edmondson, Gordon and Perrino next year.
He has high expectations for Edmondson for the rest of his Cannon golf career and beyond.
“I think he can go wherever he wants to go with this,” said Whisenant.
This copyrighted story appeared on May 7, 2013 in The Charlotte Observer’s Cabarrus News section.