Carter Fischer had a few goals before the 2015 season, some with his team and another individually.
On Monday and Tuesday, he will fulfill the latter. Fischer, a junior at Philipsburg-Osceola, will compete in the PIAA Boys’ Golf Championships on Monday and Tuesday at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York.
Fischer has never played at the course before, but it’s a competition he’s prepared for, mentally and physically, all season.
“I definitely wanted to make states as an individual,” Fischer said Sunday as he arrived in York for his practice round. “It’s pretty cool to check that off the list.”
So, how did Fischer make it to this point? It’s really been a continuation of season-long fine play.
While competing in Mountain League matches this season, Fischer averaged a round score of 75.65. That helped the Mounties to an 18-0 season record and league titles for both the regular season and the Mountain League Tournament.
He qualified for the state championship tournament by keeping pace with himself, shooting a 10-over 82 and placing 11th at the PIAA Class AA West Regionals at Tom’s Run Golf Course last Monday.
There’s some history to go along with the junior’s achievement, too. Fischer is Philipsburg-Osceola’s first state golf qualifier since 1992, and this year, he’s the lone representative from Centre County.
That has Fischer filled with pride.
“I’ll definitely be carrying (P-O) on my back this week,” Fischer said.
Fischer has been representing the Mounties for quite some time now. The golfer has been a member of P-O’s team since his freshman year.
Fischer has learned a lot since his first year with the Mounties, notably with his short game and mental approach, both of which normally go hand-in-hand.
“I don’t really let bad shots get in my way anymore,” Fischer said about his development. “My short game has improved to where if I strike a bad ball, I can still score well.”
No doubt, Fischer’s proficiency has grown since he first started golfing, too. He started playing when he was 11 or 12 years old, mentored by his father.
“He really put a club in my hand and showed me the game,” Fischer said. “I used it as a casual sport at first, but then I kind of developed a game.
“I fell in love with the game.”
And so far this season, the game has loved Fischer back.
Monday and Tuesday will be another test for that relationship.