Cabot Lady Panthers golfer Marlena Weatherly is taking her game to the collegiate level.
Weatherly signed a national letter of intent with Central Baptist College of Conway during a ceremony Friday at the CHS Media Center. The Mustangs are members of NAIA.
Weatherly, who finished second in the Class 7A state tournament last fall and played in the Arkansas High School Overall Golf Championship, has been playing golf almost 11 years.
Weatherly said she had interest from some other schools outside of Arkansas.
“Most of them were out of state and once I realized how far away they were, I started to consider schools in state,” she said. “I chose CBC because Coach [Lyle] Middleton and I discussed my dream of wanting to teach golf after my college career is over and he assured me that he would help me reach my goals in both golf and life.
“Once I took a campus visit to CBC, I could see myself becoming a Mustang”
Middleton said Weatherly’s positive attitude while playing golf will help his program.
“Whether she’s playing well or playing poorly, you don’t see much emotion out of her,” he said. “Golf is such a mental sport … it can affect your overall play. She’s able to push that to the side and grind it out until she finishes the round instead of letting one or two bad shots affect her round of golf.”
Middleton said the Central Baptist women’s program is on the borderline of being a competitive program.
“Adding Marlena is going to be a great piece for us in the future,” he said. “We’re very excited to have her.”
Cabot assistant golf coach Mike Nash said Weatherly is a “great example of hard work paying off.”
“She’s worked very hard the last three years, for almost 12 months of the year,” he said. “Her goal was to win an individual title and go to the overall state tournament. She did that and it was because of her hard work. She’s got some God-given ability but she also has the God-given ability of being driven. And that’s what got her there.”
Weatherly was complimentary of both the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association and the Arkansas State Golf Association.
“Both organizations have provided amazing opportunities and experiences that helped me as a golfer and as a person,” she said.