Georgia Miller can see her future as well as she can read a putt.
The 18-year-old Valleyview secondary graduate sees herself making the Ladies Professional Golf Tour (LPGA) or using her wealth of experience on the links and a business degree to become a golf teacher.
She’s already on her way, having earned an $85,000 scholarship to Southwestern Oklahoma State University, where she will play Division 2 NCAA golf beginning this fall.
Speaking to KTW over the phone between holes at Rivershore Estates and Golf Links, Miller said she’s excited, but also bit nervous, to be heading south of the border.
“I’m going to be leaving everybody and starting over and real far away from anyone I know, but I’m more excited than anything,” she said.
Miller had been hoping to snare a scholarship from an American university, landing on the Sooner State after sending out hundreds of emails and speaking with many schools.
“The only way I was going to go to America was if it was a full-ride,” she said.
The soon-to-be Southwestern Oklahoma State Bulldog hopes to make the travelling team that will take her to tournaments across the U.S.
“I want to be the top athlete at Oklahoma because I’m competitive that way and golf is my dream,” she said.
Miller said she received the scholarship thanks to her good grades, SAT scores and a golf handicap that has dropped significantly in the last few years — to a three from eight.
“My dad and I made a graph so that they would notice it more,” Miller said with a laugh.
Asked how her parents felt about the news, Miller quipped: “Pretty sure they want me out.
“I wouldn’t have been where I am today if it wasn’t for my parents because they sacrificed more than anyone I know,” she said.
The youngest of two children, Miller said she followed her brother — who is attending the University of Toronto on a football scholarship — into the game of golf.
“My brother was into it and I just followed everything he did and copied him,” she said. "He went on to liking football more than golf and I just stuck with golf because I was in love with it.”
Miller, who has been golfing for 15 years — since she was three years old — said she enjoys the game because it’s always a challenge.
“There’s always room for improvement with this sport,” she said.
Working on a business degree while at Southwestern Oklahoma State, Miller said she may use her education to one day start her own coaching business in Kamloops.