The Sequoyah girls golf program has had its share of struggles in recent years, but they have had little effect on Erin Peters.
Peters had already made a pair of state tournament appearances as an individual coming into her senior season, but she also had a new list of accomplishments to aim for.
“I was more focused on myself,” Peters said. “I was working on what I had accomplished. I was thinking about what I wanted to do when I got to college. I just wanted to win county and win area. That’s what I was thinking about all season.”
Peters’ first order of business was to win the county tournament.
She was in contention in each of the previous three seasons, but she shot a 47 to win by eight points in the stableford scoring format this time around.
“With about four holes to go, I knew I was leading the tournament,” she said. “I was just trying to hit the fairways and get to the green. My ball striking and greens in regulation are a big part of my game, so I was trying to focus on that.”
Peters followed it up with an 81 to win the area tournament as an individual.
As a team, the Lady Chiefs missed out on the state tournament by five strokes, and while her team never made the trip to the state tournament with her, Peters said playing aggressively to help her team was always a priority.
“I just tried to go as low as I could every time I went out there,” she said. “That’s the way to help the team. If I have a bad shot, I have until the next tee box to forget about it. I have 10 steps to get over it. You have to be willing to take some chances if you want to help your team.”
Peters said she would prefer he teammates join her at state, because after all, golf has always been about the relationships to her.
She began playing at age 9. Within a week, Peters was playing in her first tournament, and it has been her passion ever since.
“I like that I was able to get close with my teammates,” Peters said. “I like getting to spend time with my dad out there. It’s about the relationships.”
Besides the relationships, Peters said she also enjoys practicing.
She said she goes to the driving range five days a week and hits about 10 buckets of balls a week.
“I try to do different things with the ball,” she said. “You just work on your form and find ways to make it do different things. That’s how you get better, but I just like coming out and hitting the ball.”
Peters will have her chance to continue playing the sport she loves next season when she begins her career at Georgia Military College.
Peters picked the school after several other visits, but she knew right away where she wanted to aim for the national tournament when she met the coaching staff.
“When I was doing a tour of the campus, it felt like where I wanted to be,” she said. “I went out with the coach and played a round. I just knew it’s where I wanted to be.”