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Puckett accepts Asbury golf scholarship

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By Matt Birkholtz

It was an easy choice for Emily Puckett as she signed her national letter of intent March 21, to play golf at Asbury University next spring.

But, golf is not the only reason she chose to go to Asbury.

“The first thing that I loved about Asbury was that their focal point is on Christ and it’s a religious school,” she said. “All I have always wanted,  since I began looking for colleges to go to a school with a focal point on Christ.

The second part came down to coach Steve Rehner, who is a really nice guy and Asbury just worked out the best.”

Asbury University is in its first year of having a women’s golf program and Rehner said Puckett is a good fit for the school.

“She is going to provide a lot for this program,” he said. “She has great golf skills and enthusiasm.”

The school’s Christian background has also weighed in on Rehner’s decision to recruit Puckett.

“Emily loves Jesus,” he said. “At Asbury, she will get an opportunity to grow as a lady and a Christian.”

Asbury just had their first golf tournament of their inaugural season and Rehner said they finished third out of three teams.

“We are a really young team,” he said. “I know once Emily joins the team next year, she is going to help the team with her competitiveness.”

Puckett agreed.

“I am going to be a 100 percent committed to golf and I am competitive,” she said. “I think the competitiveness will carry over to Asbury.

Puckett said that she invited 15 of her friends to join her and her family for the signing.

“It’s awesome because they have supported you for so long,” she said. “It’s been my life every summer. My friends and family were used to it and now they got to see where golf has gotten me and it was nice to have their support.”

This past season, Puckett said she had her best season of her career.

“I have been on the team the longest and was captain,” she said. “I really stepped up this year and placed third at regionals and was able to lead the team.”

Lady Braves golf coach Marcus Camacho said that he liked Puckett’s personality on the course and how she came on strong her senior year.

“She is the only golfer I have had improve every year that they played for me,” he said.

Puckett is now the third golfer to sign a national letter of intent, following Zach Wright and Kodi Hall.

“I think it shows that the coaches know what they are doing here at Grant County,” she said. “We practice to be winners down here and don’t want to stop in high school. I thank the coaches for being able to instill that in us.”