Dayna Dale signs her letter of intent to golf at Hanover College. Looking on are her parents JoDee and Gary Dale, (back row, from left) brother Devon Dale, Southwood golf coach Rod Cole and Southwood principal Andrew McDaniel. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Southwood High School senior Dayna Dale signed a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Hanover College.
Dale, a four-year varsity golfer at Southwood, signed the letter Tuesday afternoon, March 7, during a ceremony in the school library, surrounded by family and school personnel.
Dale’s family has a history at Hanover, which is located in Madison in southern Indiana.
“My grandfather (Gene Kaufman) went there,” she said. “That’s where (her grandparents) got married. I thought it was a beautiful campus. They a good facility and offer a good education there.”
She plans on studying psychology at Hanover.
Wayne Perry coaches the Panthers. In its fall season, the Panthers won the Transylvania Invitational and finished second at its own invitational in September, and won the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tourney in October. It recently finished its winter tour, and will return to action March 17-19 at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Tourney.
“He’s a down-to-earth kind of coach,” Dale said of Perry. “He’s kind of like Coach (Rod) Cole. He supports your decisions and he helps you become a better player.”
Cole said he has enjoyed coaching Dale.
“I’ve known Dayna for so long, I never really felt like her coach,” he said. “Her grandfather was really her coach. I was just kind of there to help her with the mental side of the game and to help her with her short game the last couple of years.
“It was fun for me because she worked hard every day and had a good work ethic. I enjoyed watching her play golf. She was very fun to work with and very motivated to be a good golfer.”
A four-year varsity letter winner at Southwood, Dale earned All-Three Rivers Conference honors all four years. Her junior and senior years she was the individual sectional champion, and advance to the state meet her senior year.
She set three records while at Southwood – the Best Score 9-Hole Away Course, a 35 at Cobblestone; the Best Score 18-Hole Away Course, a 73 at Cobblestone, and the Best 9-Hole season average, 40.3 in 2016.
Her scores have steadily improved, from a 46.17 average her freshman year, to a 40.30 average her senior year.
She received team MVP honors her sophomore year.
Dale is the daughter of JoDee and Gary Dale.