Madison High School junior Keara Eder does a “birdie dance” after sinking a birdie on No. 18 during the Indiana Junior PGA event at Sunrise Golf Course on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Madison High School junior Keara Eder does a “birdie dance” after sinking a birdie on No. 18 during the Indiana Junior PGA event at Sunrise Golf Course on Tuesday. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Keara Eder picked up her second junior tour event win of the summer, firing a sparkling 74 on her home course of Sunrise Golf Course on Tuesday.

The Madison High School junior played steady throughout her first nine but then took bogeys in succession on Nos. 10, 11 and 12 to fall to four over.

But Eder recovered, pulling a birdie on No. 15 and closing her round with another bird on No. 18 to win the event by six strokes.

“I played pretty well on the front and then on the back I started out pretty rough,” Eder said. “But then I started to get the groove back and I started making pars and then on the 15th I got the birdie and that started bringing it around a little bit.”

Playing on her home course against a field of just five golfers in the Girls 16-18 division, Eder had little trouble in securing the win. Hamilton Southeastern High School senior Payton Schecter finished second with an 80 while Southwestern senior Belle Crawford finished third with a 93. Owen Valley High School junior Lainey O’Neal was fourth with a 97 and Bloomington South junior IsaBelle Haines-Fields was fifth with a 106.

For Crawford, Tuesday’s showing was her best performance of the summer in just her third junior league event. Crawford picked up five pars on the afternoon and earned 10 league points.

Madison eighth grader Landon True also picked up a win on the day, beating Johnny Adams on New Castle in a playoff in the Boys 13-15 division. True and Adams, the only two competitors in their field, each shot 87s to finish in a dead heat.

Levi Follett of Garrett shot a two-under 70 to win the Boys 16-18 year-old division while Sophia Curry of North Vernon shot an 83 to win the Girls 13-15 division. Jaxon Henegar of Noblesville shot an 84 to win the Boys 11-12 division.

The victory caps off a successful summer season for Eder, who picked up two wins, four top 10 finishes and five Top 25 finishes. She’s currently ranked fourth in the Masters Tour standings.

But Eder is also looking ahead to the high school season, which begins on Monday when Madison competes in the Bloomington South Invitational. Southwestern opens the season Aug. 7 at home against Shawe and Switzerland County.

Like all high school kids across the state, Eder has been out of school since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and she’s itching to get back into the groove.

“I’m kind of excited because we get to go from summer golf right into school golf which is nice,” Eder said. “Finally getting into a routine again will be really nice so that it’s not just golf course and then back home and the same thing again the next day. You get a new schedule, you get to start doing things and seeing people. It will be real nice.”