When Keara Eder was a little girl, she was obsessed with Superman. Whether it was backpacks, drawings or pajamas, she couldn’t get enough of Clark Kent’s alter-ego.
Today, Eder has a new comic book hero, one who does all of the same things as the high-flying Man of Steel but with one major difference.
“Captain Marvel was the first female superhero that had her own movie, and she was just this really powerful character,” Eder said. “She’s very similar to Captain America in that, when they’re both pushed down they get back up. And I found that I liked that strong character and I wanted to have a reminder of her on the course. I really love her character.”
Playing with a Captain Marvel ballmarker attached to her hat, Eder has done some amazing things over the past four years. She has earned low-medalist honors 44 times and become the first player in school history to win the sectional championship for four-straight years. She has won the Hoosier Hills Conference title, set school records for both nine- and 18-holes and this season was one of just three players to earn both All-State and Academic A ll-State honors in the same year.
With that resumé, it’s easy to see why Eder is The Madison Courier’s Girls Golfer of the Year for a third-straight season. Only a handful of players locally — male or female — can say that they have had the career she has had, and that Captain Marvel ballmarker was along for the ride the entire time.
“One of the things for me this year was to keep my head on straight after a bad shot. Whenever I would make one, I would think of one of Nick Fury’s quotes, ‘Hope for the best and make do with what you get,’ ” said Eder, invoking the image of Captain Marvel’s close friend. “Sometimes, you hope that you hit a good shot, but it’s not always going to happen and, if not, you make do and move on. It’s just one of those movies that has definitely helped me. It just gives me a calm mind on the golf course so that maybe I can be like this superhero.”
While Eder has produced a career to envy, she still didn’t accomplish all of her goals. Despite her impressive credentials, she made the IHSAA State Finals only once — tying for 56th as a sophomore — while missing the cut by just one stroke each of the last two years.
Like her hero, Eder prefers not to dwell on past failures, confident that she has done everything she could in order to be successful.
“It’s definitely just insane how sophomore year I went to a tiebreaker and had to go into playoff just to make it to state and then the next two years, I missed the cut by one stroke. And it was upsetting those years, but I feel like I still pushed myself,” Eder said. “I was kind of happy that I still got something out of it and I’m seeing rewards. So I was kind of devastated that I didn’t get to go to state but I feel like it’s kind of pushed me to get better.
“I haven’t had all that I’ve wanted but I still have had a pretty good career and I didn’t realize how good it was until mainly this year,” Eder added. “Finding out other things like the school records and then there’s never been a girl that has won medalist for the sectional four times and just little things like that where I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s something that I didn’t even think about.’ It’s kind of just been a whirlwind the past few years and I feel like they’re all clumped into one year.”
Eder has already signed with Marian University and while she’s looking forward to the rest of her senior year, she’s also excited to get to college and see what she can do over the next four years in Indianapolis. She has big plans at the next level and beyond.
“I’m really hoping that at Marian I get to develop my skills and become a better, stronger golfer,” she said. “And then hopefully go into the golf professional career after college and try that out for a little bit. That would be cool.”