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Williamstown's Caldwell will tee it up at Berea

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By Paul Gable

Clyde Caldwell is soft-spoken, but confident.

After last Friday, college student-athlete is another adjective that the Williamstown High School senior has added to his resume after signing a national letter of intent to play golf at Berea College, an NAIA institution.

After leading the Demons golf team this past season, Caldwell, the son of Stephanie and Troy Caldwell, is ready for the challenges that come with playing on the college level.

"It is an exciting time, and I have been looking forward to it for some time. It should be a step up in competition, and that is something that excited me," Caldwell said.

As excited as Caldwell is about going to Berea, men's golf coach Thomas Harkelroad is just as excited.

"We are proud to have Clyde, and he will be a great asset to our team. We will put him to work on his education and golf. I am impressed with him, and I can promise you we'll do everything we can to make him successful, and he'll get a great education at Berea," Harkelroad said during the signing ceremony.

According to Caldwell, who intends on majoring in Engineering, a visit to Berea was the deciding factor.

"It just felt like the right place for me," Caldwell said.

With his departure, Williamstown boys' golf coach Sean Binder has the daunting task of trying to replace him next season.

"I don't think you can," Binder said. "I am really excited I've got a golfer going to college, and this is a great opportunity for Clyde. He is a great student, golfer and person and he deserves this. I think he'll have no problem, and he'll fit in just right there."