MIDDLETOWN – Jordan Zody learned to play golf at an early age after his grandfather Rick Harter bought the Tri-County Golf Club, and he can walk out his back door onto a golf course – which gives him many opportunities to learn and enjoy the game.

Along with continuing to learn the sport and develop a love of the game, Zody realized he had enough talent to carve out a competitive career in golf.

The result was a solid four-year career at Shenandoah, including multiple Henry County and Middle East Conference championships. And, after a second straight trip to the region, the senior has been named the 2022 THB Sports Boys Golf Athlete of the Year.

“I couldn’t be happier. It’s a great privilege,” Zody said. “These four years have been great and it’s a great way to end my senior year.”

For this season, Zody was a model of consistency.

In nine-hole encounters, he was rarely far from his season average of 41.6, with a low score of 39. At the Henry County Championship, Zody shot a career-best 71 to take home honors. medalists and lead the Raiders to their third consecutive title. , by 88 strokes on the second Blue River Valley.

The margin was nearly as compelling at the MEC Championship, with Shenandoah winning by 52 strokes.

“I just woke up that day (at county). I was really focused and feeling it, and I knew it was going to be a good day,” Zody said. “It was better than I expected, but it was a great way to have my last county tournament for sure.

“I couldn’t ask for a better team. Even though we were a fairly young team, I feel like we went there and competed with the best of them.

In the playoffs, Zody’s return to regionals was not without drama. At the Greenfield-Central section, he found himself in a four-way playoff series to be the third individual to qualify. On the second playoff hole, his par putt sent him back to the Players Club in Muncie, where he shot an 83 (+11) – which was a four-stroke improvement from his regional appearance in 2021 – and was the player in the low zone. by a hit on Cohen Gray from Pendleton Heights.

Zody will study physiotherapy at Grace College but has decided not to play college golf. He thinks it’s time for golf to become a hobby he can enjoy for the rest of his life.

“I’m just ready to take up golf as a hobby again, a sport that I love,” Zody said. “I really try to focus on my schoolwork, because that’s what’s most important to me.

“Who knows? Maybe a year or two in college, I might try again. But, from now on, I’m really ready to enjoy the college experience.