Richmond High School senior Esther Etherington will be honored on October 8 as the winner of the annual Mitchel J. Winger award.
The award is given annually by the Indiana High School Golf Coaches Association to a varsity golfer who “contributes to the success of their team despite a physical impairment or medical condition.”
Etherington was nominated by RHS head coach Brent Struewing who listed the senior’s accomplishments as a student and a player, while also mentioning her health obstacles.
“I was humbled and I was very honored,” Etherington said. “It’s a great award to receive and I feel very lucky and blessed to be able to have it.”
Etherington is the first Richmond High School golfer, either boys or girls, to win the award.
Struewing listed the numerous surgeries that Etherington has had on both her eye and lungs. Since seventh grade, Etherington has had a prosthetic implant in her right eye.
“Although she has never known anything different as a student-athlete, she faces obstacles in her daily life and on the golf course,” Struewing wrote in his nomination letter. “This includes sensitivity to the sun and a lack of depth perception.”
“Esther has learned to stand up for herself and not let her disability get in the way.”
Etherington has been a leader on the golf team, which has had a great deal of success in her career. She was a member on a pair of state finalist teams and has earned all-conference honors.
The success is not done yet as Richmond will play Saturday in the IHSAA Regional. Etherington, fresh off of earning all-NCC honors and helping the Devils to a conference title, had the top score as Richmond won its sectional last week.