High Five: Panthers golfer in the spotlight
Published 7:02 pm Monday, April 18, 2022
Matthew Carter didn’t play golf until he started high school. He ended up as a four year member of the Panthers squad. The Washington native played baseball when he was younger and decided he’d like to try out for something when he left Bath Elementary for high school.
- Of all the sports you could try, why golf?
Matthew: My dad plays recreationally and some of my friends got me interested. It’s basically a no-cut sport, so there wasn’t any pressure to perform well from the start. I was terrible at first, but stayed with it and have had a lot of fun. Coach Adams was very welcoming and encouraging. I’ve improved a lot thanks to him.
- What is the hardest part about golf?
Matthew: Off the course, it’s learning to balance a sport with school. We get out early a lot for matches, so I’ve had to learn to stay on top of things academically. (He has a 4.0 GPA and is a member of Northside’s Beta Club). On the course, my chipping is still a work in progress and my drives are inconsistent. It’s been fun working on my game and I can see improvement.
- What part of the game came the easiest for you?
Matthew: I’ve always been a decent putter and my iron play is pretty good. Making long putts is really fun and the first time I broke 50 (with a 47) was really cool. Nags Head Links and Scotch Hall in Edenton are my two favorite courses. They are beautiful and very challenging.
I like the intellectual part of golf. You have to think about your next shot, what club to use and where you want to hit it.
- What classes at Northside have you enjoyed?
Matthew: Math has always come easily to me and Algebra has been the most useful so far. I also enjoyed Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry.
- What are your plans after graduation?
Matthew: I’ve been accepted to Campbell University to study criminal justice and law enforcement with a minor in Homeland Security. I’ve always been interested in how officers operate and how people behave. My ultimate goal is to become a member of the Secret Service.