Workings Man, Ryan Medhaug
by Kolbe Nelson
October 10, 2011 8:13 PM
Most high school golfers would be pretty happy about winning a state championship, and make no mistake, our Taco John's Athlete of the Week Ryan Medhaug was after winning his second straight title last week, but even in victory, he felt he could've done more.
"It was a good one, I was happy," Medhaug said, "But I obviously didn't play my best game. There's room for improvement."
That statement pretty much sums everything up about the Sisseton golfer. He is constantly striving to be the best he can possibly be.
""Ryan's always had a good work ethic out on the golf course," Sisseton Golf Coach Jim Pearson said, "He works hard, practices hard, always plays with a purpose."
And with the competition in boys class 'A' golf at such a high level, Medhaug knows that's what he needs to do.
"You can't really take a day off," Medhaug said, "You have to really strive to just work hard, you can't take it easy. There's a hundred or so people out here and any of them can win."
It's not all about individual achievement with Medhaug either, the whole Sisseton golf team seems to benefit from his presence.
"He's a mentor for these other kids," Pearson said, "He works with them in practices too and offers good advice, words of encouragement and I think it helps him with his game as well."
His drive and leadership only add to what may be the most amazing thing about Medhaug: he still has another year of high school left, leaving many to speculate what he could do with his young career.
"I had a coach ask me that earlier, 'What's Ryan gonna do next year?' And I told him I hope he passes English." Pearson said, "He's only a junior so he's got one more year and we'll continue to work hard."
Medhaug has a bit more ambitious goal.
"Hopefully I can 3-peat." Medhaug said.Follow KDLT Sports at @KDLTSports and KDLT Weekend Sports Anchor Kolbe Nelson at @KolbeNelson for opinions, links, and updates on Twitter. And don't forget to check out the KDLT Sports Facebook Page