By TREY WILLIAMS
Madison Day never really had a day job while involved in David Crockett athletics.
She played basketball three-plus seasons. She also played golf and volleyball as a freshman and a senior, and she played golf as a sophomore and volleyball as a junior.
So when she will be able to concentrate on golf at the University of Virginia at Wise, where she recently signed to play, the jack of all trades might start to ace a single craft.
“I think the upside for her is that she’s so athletic,” Crockett golf coach Drew Pettit said, “and I think once she focuses on golf, she’ll become a much better golfer. I think that’s what most college coaches were looking at.
“There were days she went to volleyball conditioning at 8 in the morning and she would get to us about 9:30 and walk nine holes of golf. And then she would go to basketball practice in the afternoon and then she would go to volleyball that night and they would have scrimmages and matches that night.
“I had no idea how she got enough calories – as small as she is anyway – in her body to make it.”
Day is eager to begin her college career in Southwest Virginia.
“I picked UVA-Wise because of the environment – the great students, staff and the beautiful campus,” Day said.
Accomplishing a lifelong goal gave Day a gracious heart.
“I couldn’t have gotten where I am today in my golf career if it wasn’t for my coaches – Drew Pettit, Lacey York, former Coach Tony Gordon, and future coach Robin Dotson,” Day said. “I am also very blessed to have my amazing family to support me in my goals and success.”
Day averaged around 48 as a senior. She carded a 95 at the conference tournament at Tri-Cities Golf Course. Sub-100 rounds haven’t exactly grown on trees for the Crockett girls.
“She hits it well off the tee,” Pettit said. “She puts in a lot of work on the range with her driver. She likes hitting the driver, she likes hitting the long clubs. And she got better this year around the greens. She continued to bring her scores down.
“She’s a hard worker. I’ve had her in class. She’s very dependable. You can always count on Madison to be there when she’s supposed to be there and to put the time in, put the work in.”
Day teed off 30 minutes ahead of her teammates for the Musket Cup this season. Doing so allowed her to compete in a volleyball match that night at Dobyns-Bennett.
“I think she only missed one match with us and did not miss a match for volleyball,” Pettit said. “She missed one match with us because she had a volleyball match that night.
“Once she refines her short game and concentrates on golf, I think she’ll do a really, really good job.”