Golf is difficult enough just playing for fun. Add in the stress of competing against someone and you ramp up the anxiety to new levels. For Salina Central High School senior Andrew Eikleberry, having the ability to thrive in those environments is one reason the game of golf appealed to him.
“My team goal for this season is a state appearance. Central hasn’t sent a team to state in a few years and it’s time we represent. My individual goal is to medal in the majority of meets this year. A strong mental game makes a good golfer. The ability to focus, concentrate and keep a good swing for four hours is difficult,” Eikleberry said. “I have been playing golf for close to eight years now. My dad got me started by signing me up for the First Tee program. I’m sure he signed me up just to get a break from me, but I really took to it.”
Like every other golfer, Eikleberry has a favorite course and a best round he’s shot over 18 holes.
“My home course and favorite place to play is the Salina Municipal golf course,” said Eikleberry. “My best round was a 70 at Salina Municipal during the summer. It was my first time hitting par.”
In his free time, Eikleberry said he enjoys fishing when the weather is right and spending time with friends. His future plans include attending Kansas State University at the Aerospace and Technology campus while pursuing his professional pilot degree.