By Tyler Trumbauer
-57 under par. That statistic is astounding to golfers of any level, from beginner to professional.
That cumulative score was posted by Northwestern Lehigh junior, Cole Miller, during his regular season. Even though he may not admit it, Miller, is the star of the Tigers’ high school golf team.
“I never would have thought he would have been -57 under par this year, especially since it is only his junior season.” said Tim Miller, head coach of Northwestern’s golf team and also the head professional at Olde Homestead Golf Club.
Coach Miller praised Miller’s skills not only on the golf course, but also in the classroom and in society to me in a phone interview this past week. With all the success that Miller has been achieving, Coach Miller says he still keeps a level head, “He [Miller] is just a nice, solid young man. He treats the players on this team that we are trying to get to break 100 the same as he treats Nick Vicello, who is our second best player on the team. To me when you get the way he is as a young man and couple that with the scores that he is shooting, it is just a win-win situation.”
On top of having a record-breaking regular season, Miller, also won the Colonial League golf title by five strokes. That led him to the District 11 tournament where he finished tied for first. After that victory he was off to the East Regional tournament where the top 16 players qualify for the state tournament. Miller finished tied for fourth with a score of five over par, 77. Miller was off to the state tournament for his second straight year.
This two day tournament took place at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Pennsylvania. After day one of the tournament, Miller shot a one over 72 which earned him sole possession of first place. On the second and final day of the tournament, he shot a four over par, 75. Those combined scores notched a five over par score for the tournament. That landed Miller in a tie for second place.
Miller is a stand-up man and he is only a junior in high school. He is a dedicated and a hard-working individual. Golf is a game that you need to constantly keep working on and Miller has the perfect mindset to excel. He is a good example of all the young, up and coming golfers that are landing on the professional scene. Miller consistently drives the ball over 300 yards off the tee and is a long hitter in general.
Keep your eyes out for Miller as he has one more varsity season to dazzle not only the local fans, but the college scouts as well. Although the PGA Tour is his dream, he has a goal to get an education first. I know he is capable of achieving both and it will be great to watch him do it too.