By Denis House
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Since she was old enough to hold a golf club, North Laurel’s Caroline Moore has had a dream: To be good enough to one day play collegiate golf.
“That’s always been my dream from the get-go,” Moore said. “To play golf in college somewhere.”
Her dream came true Tuesday night as she signed her letter of intent with Lee University in Cleveland, Tn. The Lady Flames closed out their fall season by winning their last two tournaments, and are a preseason No. 8 in the NAIA for the upcoming spring season.
“I really liked the school,” Moore said. “With its Christian affiliation that really fits me.”
Moore said the reason she picked Lee was because of their coach, John Maupin.
“He was the first coach to contact me about signing with his school,” Moore said. “That meant a lot to me. I also like the team chemistry and I think it’s a good fit.”
Moore turned in a strong career at North Laurel, capped off by tying for seventh place at this year’s girls’ state golf tournament, her best showing at state. She also won the region title, won two invitational tournaments (at Grant Co. and Rockcastle Co.) and was named All-State.
“My dad and my papaw got me into golf,” Moore said. “I really like how challenging it is. It’s one of the hardest sports I’ve ever played. One day you look like an all-star, the next day you can’t get it off the ground.” She credits her parents (Rick and Karen) and swing coach for helping her achieve this goal.
“My mom has been my coach during my high school career,” Moore said. “My dad pushed me, and my swing coach (Brad Bachard) has really helped me.”
Moore knows she still has to work on a couple of points in her game to succeed in college.
“I need to work on my short game and the mental aspects,” Moore said. She feels one of her strengths is her long game, especially off the tee. “I’m pretty accurate at hitting the fairway.”
While she’s undecided on a major, Moore said she is leaning toward business and marketing.
“But I’m sure that will change several times,” Moore said.