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June 15, 2014

Lowndes’ Peters taking aim at Georgia Girls Championship

VALDOSTA — At just the age of 16, Hahira native Emily Stewart Peters is a blossoming female golfer with tons of drive.

The Lowndes High student and golf team member is coached by James “Bubba” Brown. Brown speaks highly of Peters and how her hard work will allow her to succeed.

“She’s very motivated and works extremely hard,” he said. “She is always working on her game and her ball striking and she has no problem working.”

This week, Peters is preparing to participate in the 35th Georgia Girls Championship in Johns Creek. Held at the Standard Club, this will be the second time Peters has participated in this GSGA tournament.

The tournament features 54 holes and will send the top four finishers to participate in the Georgia-South Carolina Girls Junior Challenge held later this summer. The tournament begins Monday with Peters teeing off at 7:30 a.m. and ends Wednesday.

Last year was a great experience for Peters and she hopes to accomplish more this time around.

“It was really fun,” Peters said. “The greens were really tough and it was a long course but it was overall a fun time.”

Playing golf since the age of 12, Peters knows how important practice is.

“I have been practicing so I can hit longer,” she said. “I also have been working on hitting my drivers straight because last year I struggled with that. And lastly, I have been working hard on my short shot.”

In addition to playing golf at Lowndes, Peters also gets outside help to improve her game.

“I take lessons from Chris Dixon in Tifton,” she added. “My older brother also comes out to help me at times.”  

Peters credits her older brother and grandfather for getting her interested in golf. While she looks up to her older brother, she also has admiration for pro golfer Paula Creamer.

“She’s really good and I’ve watched her a few times and I like her swing,” Peters said. “I base my game off her.”

Peters’ coach at Lowndes is excited to have one of his students participating in the competition on Monday.  

“I think it’s a great honor for her,” Brown said. “I hope she does well. Hopefully she will come through for us.”

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