Anderson High School golf coach Joe Nadaline has had almost an entire year to attempt to adequately digest last season's postseason tournament and the sour taste it produced.
It's been difficult, the gnawing what-ifs and should-have-beens eating away at Nadaline, whose recollections of last year's failure to reach the State Meet at The Legends of Indiana Golf Course
remain painfully vivid.
"I still take it with me," admitted Nadaline
, whose team's respectable score of 292 wasn't good enough at the Anderson Regional as the Indians' season came to a screeching halt by way of a fifth-man tiebreaker.
to this day firmly believes the 2004 Indians were one of the finest teams in the state.
On paper, Anderson, third-ranked Carmel and No. 9 Noblesville come in as the teams to beat, though as Nadaline
has discovered, state rankings, while nice to look at, don't carry an abundance of weight when attempting to negotiate a narrow fairway with a long iron off the tee or read the break on a 25-foot putt.
remains concerned entering postseason competition about his
squad's ability to close a competition strong.
"We haven't finished well the last couple of tournaments we've played in and that's mental and it's something we have to get corrected.They're done with school so you can't really use that as an excuse," he