Reed Turpin is our last boys golfer being featured in the Cardinal Ritter Spring Sports Senior Showcase. Reed did not start playing golf his first year here at Cardinal Ritter. After his freshman year, he decided to give it a try and once he started he became completely en”golf”ed in the sport. Reed also was a key member of the soccer team, but that did not stop his progress as a top Raider golfer. Improvements came right away for him as he worked on his game on the course and worked hard in the weight room to gain strength to give more ease to his swing while hitting the ball farther.
Reed has always been a Raider that students and teacher could always count on for anything. He volunteers and is always asking others how he can help. This continued and was even elevated when he began playing golf at CRHS.
Reed is a perfect example of why student-athletes should never tie themselves down to just one sport. He came in as strictly a soccer player, he picked up golf, worked hard and improved his game immensely. A game that he never thought he would be playing. A game that opened new doors for him that he never thought could be possible. Because of all of his hard work on the course, in the classroom and out, Reed now has the opportunity to play golf at the next level as he will be attending IU Northwest in the fall.
Coach Jones graced out with a great story about Reed and his golf journey:
“Reed joined the Raider golf program during his sophomore year. He had not played a lot of organized golf up to that point. Mostly rounds played with family, and nothing too serious. Not a scenario totally unfamiliar to me as a coach. The good news is Reed knew which end of the club to hold onto and which end to use to hit the ball. This was the same year that several other student athletes decided to join the team, some with a little more playing experience than Reed. So he spent that first season learning a lot about the game as a competition rather than just a fun afternoon. Being a very competitive type of person, he was soon hooked on the game. The smartest decision he made as a golfer was to buddy-up to Kevin Tillery and ask for his help and guidance as he worked hard on his game. That first season Reed showed a lot of dedication, and his hard work started to show results in the latter part of the season.
By his junior year, Reed had turned into a very serious golfer. He spent that first off-season going to the range, taking lessons, and working hard on his game and his skills. And that off-season hard work paid off big time the next season. Reed moved up from our number 6 or 7 player on the team to a solid number 2 player. His scores dropped from over 100 for 18 holes to consistently at or below 90. His game on the course had greatly improved, and he was now learning all about the mental side of the game during competitions. In the early part of the season, frustrations would creep into his head and adversely affect his play. As the season went on, and with some side-line psychology from Coach Jones and Kevin Tillery, he started to get a better grasp of how emotion and attitude can take over your game, and thus learned to better control both. And his game improved again.
A few highlights for Reed that season include a tie for 23rd spot overall at our Cardinal Ritter Classic held at Eagle Creek Golf Course, a top 10 finish at the Artesian Invitational at Martinsville’s Fox Cliff Golf Course, and finished in a tie for 16th overall in the City tournament played at South Grove Golf Course.
Seeing the results of his hard work in that junior season motivated Reed to continue working hard the next off season. He played a few summer tournaments build more experience in pressure matches, which also helped to toughen his mental game. The 2020 season held high expectations for continued improvement in Reed’s game. His goal was to push and challenge his teammate Kevin. A little friendly competition within the team serves to help both players improve.
Going forward Reed is planning to continue play at the collegiate level. He is currently in conversations with a couple of schools (eventually picked IU Northwest) that are interested in having him join their programs next year. Hopefully we will be seeing a commitment to a program coming soon so we can celebrate another senior golfer success story of moving on to the next level of play.
Good luck Reed. Keep working hard at your game. Big payoffs are yet to come.”
Here is a little more about Reed:
Reed’s parents are Molly and Mark Turpen.
His future plans are to attend IU Northwest to study biochemistry and play golf.
His most memorable Cardinal Ritter experiences were going to state for soccer and playing golf up at Angola, IN.
What he will miss most is practicing with the team and I’ll miss Kevin and I messing with Coach Jones on the golf course.
Reed said, “I would like to thank God, my friends and family, all my former teammates, Coach Jones, Coach Tillery, and Mr. Melton for all the help on the golf course. And thank you to Kevin Tillery for introducing me to my now favorite past time.”