HOWE — Lady Bulldog senior Charlsee Carter signed the dotted line on her national letter of intent on Thursday, Feb. 22, to play for the women’s golf team at East Texas Baptist University.
Carter didn’t get into the sport until she arrived at the high school but knew she found something that fit her competitive nature.
“I started playing when I was a freshman in high school,” Carter said, “and the minute I picked up the club for the first time I knew that I could accomplish great things, and from there on I stopped playing all other sports and stuck directly to golf.
“It was my dream to play golf in college. Now I finally accomplished my dream.”
East Texas Baptist University, a Division III school outside of Marshall, wasn’t Carter’s first option but the one she couldn’t refuse.
“ETBU was the third college I visited,” Carter said. “I decided I wanted to be at ETBU the minute I walked on the campus. The campus was outstanding, as well as the golf coach. Coach [Sydney] Williams really caught my attention to the school. I just felt like that was the place I was meant to be and gold led me there to do great things.”
Williams was a standout golfer down the road at Melissa, earning all-state honors three times and leading the Lady Cardinals to back-to-back state runner-up finishes and was the individual state champion as a senior before playing at Dallas Baptist.
Carter also hopes to be a successful student while competing for a new program that saw its first action this past fall.
“I will be majoring I nursing. I hope to achieve some good finishes in tournaments, as well as maintaining a good GPA in my classes,” Carter said.
Carter is leaving behind a legacy of success at Howe while also taking with her a solid foundation laid out by her former coaches.
This past spring Howe finished eighth in Class 3A and Carter was 25th in the individual standings after shooting a two-day total of 189 (91-98). As a sophomore Carter was 23rd in the state with a two-day total of 190 (98-92) as the Lady Bulldogs placed seventh at state.
“I placed in a lot of tournaments, always finished in the top of school tournaments, and helped lead the team to state for two years in a row.” Carter said. “Coach Lands has helped me through a lot of mental stuff, especially when I get really down after a bad shot. Mainly my swing coach, Greg Morrison, helped me achieve everything I ever wanted to accomplish in golf helping me accomplish everything I ever wanted to in golf. He even helped me get in contact with East Texas Baptist University.”