OAKLAND CITY -- As dad and Peabody Energy coal miner Kenneth Creedon prepared to head to Oakland City Golf Club one early-spring day in 2015, son Carter Creedon asked if he, too, could go along and play a game.
That began a career that now includes an Oakland City University golf scholarship, the 17-year-old Wood Memorial senior signing those papers Wednesday afternoon in the high school library.
"I don't remember if dad and I kept score in that nine-hole round, but I got hooked on the sport right away," said Carter, who Saturday became Blue Chip Conference medalist a second straight year as he shot a one-over-par 37-36--73 at Country Oaks in leading the Trojans to a second straight team championship and third in four years.
"I like challenging myself, working hard at the game and seeing improvement. I started playing four days a week in the 2015 part of my eighth grade year at Princeton Community Middle School. Then I played all that summer. Now I basically play every day of the week -- usually at Oakland City, but I've also played on Evansville city courses and all around southern Indiana."
A four-year varsity player at Wood Memorial, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound son of Kenneth and Evansville Bosse High School librarian Jerri Creedon made the Trojans' starting lineup as a freshman. He averaged 38.1 strokes per nine as a junior and owned a 38.0 average as he anticipated Thursday's Washington Invitational at Country Oaks. Tuesday the Trojans will meet South Knox at Old Vincennes Country Club.
"Oakland City University is getting a hard worker who has dedicated his life to golf," Wood Memorial Coach Jeff Tooley said.
"As he showed in the Blue Chip meet, he doesn't get frustrated by a double-bogey. He gets everything you can get out of a round."
Creedon, to turn 18 on August 1, also owns a 3.1 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and plans to major in business marketing and management at OCU. An Oakland City resident, he ranks in the top 25 of Wood Memorial's senior class.
"I considered going to the University of Evansville, where my swing coach Jim Hamilton is the men's and women's golf coach," Creedon said.
"But in attending Oakland City I can stay at home. It's a small college and I know people there -- including Nick Virden, who played golf at Gibson Southern and is playing at OCU, where he'll be a senior next school year."
After quickly getting hooked on golf, Creedon acquired a set of junior clubs and asked longtime Evansville golf club owner Bob Walther about becoming his coach.
"Mr. Walther recommended Jim Hamilton and I started taking lessons," said Creedon, who, though always an Oakland City resident, attended junior high in Princeton because "mom was a teacher aide there at that time.
"I decided to go to high school here because I wanted a small school and this is where most of my friends are."
As a 2018 junior, Creedon advanced individually from sectional to regional, where by shooting a 75 he came within two strokes of qualifying for the state tournament. Last summer he won an Evansville Junior Golf Association championship at Christmas Lake and placed eighth among "about 120" entrants in an Indiana Elite tournament in Indianapolis.
Creedon, who at OCU will be joined by Pike Central senior Noah Onyett, third individually in Saturday's Pocket Athletic Conference tourney at Christmas Lake, has set high team goals as he nears the end of his Wood Memorial career.
"As a team we haven't advanced from sectional to regional the last three years. Last year we placed sixth," he said. "Not only do I want us to advance next month to regional, I really want our whole team to get to state."