Putter Goodwin '74
Putter Goodwin '74
LACROSSE / FOOTBALL / BASEBALL
By his sophomore year, Putter Goodwin was playing on the varsity football, lacrosse, and baseball teams. That same year, he was invited to attend the summer program for the Kansas City Royals. His strength as an athlete grew his junior year. Starting quarterback in football, leading scorer in lacrosse and member of the Monterey Lacrosse Club. By his senior year, Putter was awarded the MVP honor for lacrosse and the RLS Most Valuable Athlete award. He was also named as an All-American in lacrosse and was the first West Coast athlete to play NCAA Division I lacrosse.
Putter played lacrosse at the University of Massachusetts for one year, unfortunately succumbing to a knee injury which ended his college athletic career. He is the son of Stevenson Hall of Fame Inductee Wally Goodwin. Semi retired and living in Idaho now, Putter spent his working career managing the family ranch in Wyoming.
I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend a high school of this caliber, in this setting, this climate, with teachers and coaches so impactful.
As I reflect back on my RLS sports career, my sophomore year was pivotal. I switched from soccer to football, basketball to lacrosse, and that was my last year of baseball. I was ready for a change, to challenge myself in new directions. Lacrosse was everything I ever needed, an outdoor team sport, lots of running, hand-eye, catch and throw with plenty of contact! We had a really good team my junior year, went undefeated with great chemistry. Then to be honored by being named a high school All American my senior year was obviously the culmination and to be recruited by major Division 1 programs. Maybe I helped pave a path, I don't know. The sport was so much in its infancy in the West. I was a good athlete who competed intensely, for my team, for my school, with a smile on my face. That was enough.
To be inducted into the RLS Athletics Hall of Fame the next year after my father is an incredible honor. Dad and Mom have had a lifetime of impacting young people.