Three-time All-State golfer will play next rounds in St. Louis
About a month ago, Camdenton senior Amber Wilson walked off the course at the Sedalia Country Club as the second best Class 2 golfer in the state of Missouri. The runner-up state champion was not ready to put away her clubs though after recently signing with Division II University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL).
The senior took a pen on Wednesday in Camdenton and put her name on the dotted line to become a Triton and continue playing the game she has always loved.
“It is pretty great because it has been my dream since I was a kid to play college golf. It is a great relief that it is over and I have done it,” Wilson said of the anticipation. “I have just loved golf since the beginning and I just knew it was something I wanted to do when I grew up.”
However, this opportunity certainly did not happen by accident.
“It took a lot of practice obviously and a lot of positive mentality was key, especially in golf,” the senior said.
While looking for a place to continue her golf career, Wilson was also impressed with the criminal justice program at UMSL.
“I love the school. They have a really good criminal justice program, which really got me,” she remarked. “Their golf team is just spectacular and I’m honored and really excited to be a part of that next year.”
This is not the first time a Laker has gone on to the college ranks and Camdenton coach Jane Eidson said Wilson was as deserving of the opportunity as any other golfer she has coached. Wilson finished her career with plenty of accolades including two straight conference titles, four All-Ozark Conference selections, three straight district championships, four All-District selections and three straight All-State honors which is reserved for the top 15 golfers in the state every year.
“She has worked so hard these past four years and before high school. She has worked hard for a long time and it is really paying off for her,” Eidson said. “I am so proud of her and I’m glad she got such a great offer at a great school that is good with her major. It is a great fit for her and I’m glad it worked out.”
Another reason Eidson is excited is that the coach knows exactly the type of player the program in St. Louis is getting. The coach noted that Wilson brought a lot of leadership and stability, knowing that she could always be counted on for getting a good score. The coach also said that the senior was also a good teammate that brought a lot of fun to the Laker program as well.
“They are getting a fantastic golfer and a fantastic person. She has got a great work ethic and she’ll get in there and train, do what they ask her to do, work at it and keep playing,” the coach noted. “She’ll be very successful for them and be a good student for them as well. They are just getting an all-around good student-athlete.”
Wilson’s example is certainly one other Camdenton golfers could do well to learn from as well.
“I think they can learn that you can have a lot of fun, but your hard work pays off too. You have to keep playing, learn how to compete and good things will happen when you do that,” Eidson stated.
The Camdenton chapter of Wilson’s golf career may be drawing to a close, but it is one that she will look back on fondly. As much as golf may seem like an individual sport, Wilson had the privilege of competing with her teammates at the state tournament on two separate occasions.
“I will definitely miss all the girls at Camdenton. It was a fun experience and probably my best memory was making state as a team this year because nobody thought we would ever do it,” Wilson said. “I did not even personally think we would do it so that was an awesome memory that I will not ever forget.”
At the same time, Eidson will certainly not forget Wilson’s contributions to the program and the coach is looking forward to seeing how she fares in the college ranks.
“It will be fun to watch her as she goes on through and I plan on trying to get to St. Louis and see her play some too. I’m looking forward to everything she does in the future knowing that Lady Laker golf was a part of it,” the coach said.