Andover golfer, Wichita State commit, reflects on HS career
If you walk the trails at Flint Hills National Golf Course in Andover, you can see a number of people enjoying the game. If you walk further, you will find Madison Slayton tucked away in her own world.
"I love the competition, I love the practice, the grind that comes with it," said Slayton.
For most, golf is solely seen as an individual game, but Slayton says the team aspect is much bigger. Entering her senior season of high school competition, she says the team aspect also stands out.
"I know all of my failures are mine, I know all of my successes are mine which is kind of cool but that doesn't compare to the team aspect that I get in high school and that I will get in college," she explained.
Slayton will cap off a decorated high school career this season. In her first three years at Trinity Academy, she has been one of the top golfers in the area, even winning a state title.
Now at Andover, she credits her time as a Knight for helping her grow into a better leader and golfer
"Those three years were fun, I definitely learned a lot about myself and what it takes to play for a team," she said.
Madison Slayton’s journey is far from finished, she recently committed to continue her career at Wichita State.
"There's definitely a special feeling, I never imagined myself staying in Wichita. I am from Dallas so I thought maybe move back to Texas or trying to move somewhere else. I never imagined it, but the coach, Tom McCurdy is awesome, I adore him so being able to play for him is pretty amazing."
But before Slayton joins the college ranks, she will look to end high school on a high note. She says this last season is about making memories that will last a lifetime.
"I think I have checked a lot of the boxes, but I think just living out this last season. It's my last time playing high school golf so I want to live that out to the fullest, and make it as fun as possible for the rest of the girls on the team,” she added.