When Wayne Country Day senior Ashton Gupton started playing golf, she had no idea she would fall in love with the sport.
Golf is a deceptively tricky sport. It may look easy, but becoming a good golfer requires countless hours of practice and dedication to the sport.
Through those countless hours of practice, Gupton was named the Goldsboro Daily News Female Athlete of the Week.
“The goal of any sport is to improve,” Gupton said. “In golf, whether it’s one stroke or ten, making that progression has definitely been positive, and I hopefully can continue that streak this year.”
Gupton attends every practice and always supports her teammates. Even if Gupton is not playing well she always has a smile on her face. Gupton said the Wayne Country Day golf team is like a family, and their close bonds have enabled them to succeed and have fun during her years on the team.
“I’ve been at Wayne Country Day since the eighth grade,” Gupton said. “I was taking a few girls home, and we were talking about how much we’ve grown this past year. We’re just a really close group, and that’s a good thing about the athletics at Wayne Country Day.”
Gupton has played golf for as long as she can remember, but she did not take it seriously until her freshman year in high school. Through her talent and hard work, she earned opportunities to play at some of the state’s best golf courses such as the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst.
“I’ve played golf for about 11 years, and I played soccer since I was six. Sports have been a big part of my life, and I enjoy them a lot,” Gupton said. “Golf is my main sport, and I’ve played it longer than I have most sports.
“I like the challenge of golfing.”
Gupton is in the early stages of planning life after high school, which will hopefully include golf at the next level. She is undecided about where she will attend college next Fall, but she plans on double majoring in biology and Spanish.