Kimberly Case had an inkling her daughter Chandler might have the mental fortitude required to succeed in golf when she watched her card a 17 on a par-3 as a 12-year-old.
She said mom, I only have two balls left, after several had landed in the water, and I said play hard, and she said thats what I thought.
Chandler parred the next hole and went on with her round as if the ugly 17 had never happened. That kind of mindset will serve Case well the next four years while she plays golf for Winthrop University. The South Pointe senior held a signing shindig Tuesday to formally announce her decision.
Ive always wanted to play in college, said Case. I dont want to give up what I love.
USC Upstate and Wofford also recruited Case, but several factors led her down the street to hometown Winthrop. For one, shes already close with Eagles womens golf coach Jodi Wendt.
I saw her at the (Rock Hill) country club every single day and her and my mom are friends, said Case.
Then, there is the matter of a college major. Winthrop offers political science, right up Cases alley. Kimberly Case said her daughter has had three careers interest her so far in life: history teacher, preacher and politician. The common thread, according to Kimberly, is all three involve talking in front of a crowd. The aforementioned mental fortitude would go a long way in her latest pursuit, politics.
Yes, major political interest, Chandler confirmed. Hopefully I can go into the political science department, go to law school after that, and then one day become a politician. Thats my dreams in the long run.
In the short term, Case will prolong a golf career thats seen plenty of success the last four years. She was a cornerstone on the Stallions four consecutive region titles, and was named All-Region each of the five years she played at the high school level, starting in eighth grade. Case was also named All-State last season and played in the North-South All-Star match this season. Throughout her high school career, her mom, and coach, has been right behind her, consoling or critiquing.
Im harder on my kids just because its easier to pull them out, said Kimberly Case. But they understand it, they have broad shoulders, and its been a delight coaching Chandler just because shes such an easy kid.
Chandler Case leaves South Pointe with a legacy of establishing the Stallions as a local girls golf power. That should continue with a number of talented underclassmen on the roster.
Theyre gonna be as good as I am, if not better, she said.
Case will be able to watch them continue develop. Shell be right down the road.
It didnt matter to me where I went, she said after the brief ceremony. It was honestly all about school and the golf team.
Bret McCormick • 803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T