Clovis Christian’s Peterson takes game to new level

Clovis Christian senior Mollie Peterson signed to play golf for West Texas A&M University. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks)

By Jesse Wolfersberger: CNJ staff writer

Between volleyball and golf, Clovis Christian senior Mollie Peterson said both games have their moments.

“I really like the feeling of a good hit with my driver,” she said. “But I also like making a girl dive on the ground trying to get to one of my balls.”

Peterson starred on the Lady Eagles volleyball team in the fall, but playing golf this spring has earned her a scholarship at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas.

Even without spiking and digging, Peterson said golf is her first love and she knew golf would give her the best chance to play in college.

Peterson contacted WT, then they called and invited her to make a visit to campus. In February, Peterson went to Canyon and said the campus visit and meeting golf coach Meredith Easley went wonderfully.

“It’s a great town, I love Canyon,” Peterson said. “It’s a perfect distance, and I just love that part of Texas. I heard great things about Coach Easley. I loved it and we clicked real well. I fell in love with West Texas when I met (Easley).”

This year was Easley’s first year as coach of WT. The Lady Buffs finished seventh Tuesday in the Lone Star Conference tournament.

“I can’t wait to play for coach Easley,” Peterson said. “And I’ll get to play on amazing courses. But I’m scared too, because it’s college, I’ll be away from my parents and living with a roommate and stuff.”

Peterson said she’s got some work to do, but she doesn’t think she’ll be overwhelmed by the level of competition.

“I always look at West Texas scores after they get done with a tournament to see if I could hang with them,” Peterson said. “Hopefully I can shoot some 70s and hang.”

Peterson is shooting in the mid-80s this season.

Clovis Christian coach Perry Jackson said Peterson is a good signing for the Lady Buffs.

“I think she’ll make a great college player,” Jackson said. “She’s always been very gifted in the game, and this year we’re seeing some of her true potential come through.”

Since signing with WT, Peterson said she has been able to play more relaxed because she is not trying to get the attention of college coaches.

Peterson finished second by two strokes this week at the Leroy Gooch Invitational in Ruidoso. Socorro’s Kayla Cline won ther tournament.

“We always go head to head,” Peterson said of Cline. “And she’s the girl I always want to beat. Neither of us played good, but she ended up two strokes better. She’s a nice girl. We had fun.”