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All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year: Madison’s Colten Cordingley

By Luke O’Roark | Post Register

Sitting on the Pinecrest Golf Course clubhouse porch overlooking hole No. 1, Colten Cordingley is tense and calculated. His hands grip the two knobs at the end of the chair, as he digests how he would tackle the hole’s 432-yard length.

Madison’s Colten Cordingley poses for a portrait at Pinecrest Golf Course on Wednesday afternoon. Cordingley is the Post Register’s All Area Male Golf Player of the Year

“If I hit driver down there, and if I hit it good, I’m gonna have 90 yards in — which is kind of an awkward distance. I’m going to have to hit a three quarter shot,” he starts.

“But if I hit three wood off, that leaves me that 120-130 depending on how I hit it and then leaves me a whole shot and most of the time, I would rather have a full shot than a 3-quarter delicate shot,” Cordingley continues.

The recent graduate said math was his favorite subject at Madison High School. By the way he calculated hole No. 1 at Pinecrest, it’s not surprising.

It’s also not surprising Cordingley is the Post Register’s 2017 All-Area Boys Golfer of the Year. It’s the first time in four years a new golfer has earned the honor.

“Golf is rewarding individually,” Cordingley said. “If you play good, you know it was all yourself. And it’s temperamental. It’s mental. You have to be mentally strong.”

Cordingley, a Utah State commit, was the best golfer in the area this spring no matter the course. He finished third overall at the 5A state golf tournament in May with a two-round score of 149 (75-74) and helped Madison place second as a team.

The only players that did better than Cordingley at state: Rocky Mountain’s Carson Barry and Sam Tidd. Only one other player in District 6 even came close to Corginley’s 149 score — Bonneville’s McKade Neeser, who finished ninth overall with a two round score of 153.

This year’s state tournament is a microcosm of Cordingley: So good, but still searching for perfection on the green.

He said he practices at Jefferson Hills Golf Course almost every day, trying to practice his ability to read putts and perfectly calculate the 18-hole course.

Cordingley said he tries to relax while playing with older golfers, but no such thing when a driver is in hand.

“I guess it was something I was born with: to try and win at everything,” Cordingley said.

Cordingley said he grew accustomed to drivers and putters from his dad, Brett, who is a PGA professional in Rexburg.

He was also pushed by former Post Register Player of the Year, Andy Hess, a 2016 Hillcrest graduate.

“We’re good friends,” Cordingley said of Hess. “But when we get on the course, we want to beat each other more than anybody out there.”

Cordingley will join Hess on the Aggies golf program in the fall, switching from trying to beat Hess in eastern Idaho to trying cheer him on in Logan, Utah.

Cordingley said Utah State is fitting for being a “homebody” — just far enough to get away but to also come home on the weekends. He dreamed of playing at Arizona or Arizona State growing up. But, per Hess, Cordingley will feel right at home at Utah State.

Hess said Cordingley is “a fighter” on the fairways, a golfer who is always looking to improve.

“I’ve always enjoyed playing against him because we’ve always had such a good rivalry,” Hess told the Post Register in a phone interview. “I can always look forward to it being a good match between me and him.”

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