BRYANT – All-State Bryant Lady Hornet golfer Peyton Weaver signed a letter of intent to play golf for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock on Wednesday at Bryant High School. Weaver, who was All-State at Stuttgart before moving to Bryant her sophomore season, was All-State at Bryant all three years and was the third-best golfer this season in the Overall State Golf Championship in Little Rock.
“She worked real hard this last season,” Bryant golf Coach Keith Dale said. “She took in a lot of tournaments. Been working really hard on her game. Her hard work and dedication is paying off for her and she’s going to a really good college golf program.”
Those 14 tournaments this past summer resulted in Weaver being named the Arkansas State Golf Association Player of the Year after winning four of those events, taking second three times and third twice. Weaver also finished third in the 7A State Tournament in Rogers where she defeated two golfers in a three-hole playoff.
“I started off a long time ago and shot a 154 my very first tournament,” Weaver said. “Today I shoot in the mid- to high-70s. It was just a progress, I played a lot and golf was my life in the summer. Started playing at 11. My dad and brother played golf, and my sister was playing a little. I just tagged along and picked it up.
“My strength is definitely driving the golf ball off the tee. I can map the golf course pretty well. My dad has taught me pretty well. I know where I need to go and where not to hit it.”
Weaver said there were other smaller schools that showed a lot of interest, but wanted to golf for a Division I program, especially for Coach Bridgett Norwood. Norwood’s husband, Wyn, is the UALR Director of Golf and former men’s coach.
“There were a few other smaller schools that wanted me, but I definitely wanted to play Division I golf and I really like Ms. Bridgett,” Weaver said. “They really have a good girls’ golf program and I really like her husband. He was a good coach also. I believe they can teach me a lot.”
Weaver, who hasn’t declared a major yet, also plays basketball for the Lady Hornets and said Coach Brad Matthews was very understanding that golf came first.
“Coach Matthews has been very lenient,” she said. “He’s let me miss summer practices. I didn’t go to any summer practices because he knew my future was going to be in college golf. I play basketball for fun.”
Dale reiterated what made Weaver successful.
“It’s very technical,” he said of her golf game. “She’s a very good shot, accurate with her clubs and doesn’t crack under pressure. She steps up and plays well. She doesn’t let problems bring her down and that’s very helpful. She doesn’t let those bad shots get her. That’s why her game plays so well.”