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Pirate Golf Q&A with Sadler Miller
When did you start playing golf?
I've played golf ever since I was a little kid when my dad would let me swing with a plastic set of toy clubs. My whole family likes to golf. I grew up around golf but only started taking it seriously my freshman year of high school.
What is the most important fundamental in having a good swing?
Good balance, hip rotation, and a level swing plane are the keys to hitting the ball at your target.
What is your favorite course to play?
When it comes to playing my favorite course would have to be Cypress Landing located in Chocowinity North Carolina, not far from ECU. It's both challenging and sentimental. My grandparents live on the course and are members there. Getting to play golf with them is very special.
What is your favorite part about playing golf?
My favorite part about playing golf would have to be the opportunity to get better each and every day, it also challenges you to battle with your mind and emotions to stay in the game and finish strong. Letting the bad shots affect you can drag you down and ruin your whole round. Staying positive and optimistic is a must.
What do you wish our school and community knew about playing golf for CHHS?
Being a part of our golf team is very rewarding, but you also have to put the work in to get where you want to go.
What's the lowest you have ever shot?
The lowest round I have ever shot is recently this year at Regionals at the Neuse Country Club with a total of 74. I was very proud to have shot that score but I also learned what I need to work on to take my game to the next level.
What was it like to play in the state match?
My regional score allowed me to qualify for states at Pinehurst which is a very special experience that I looked forward to the whole season. I am thankful for my mom as well as my coaches and teammates for coming out and supporting me throughout the round. Being able to play in such a high-pressure tournament is very nerve-racking. But knowing that you earned your spot to play in it also makes you realize that you can compete with everyone. My round did not start off promising with four over through three holes but I battled through the rest of the course and was able to shoot 75 and place T-11th. Keeping a positive attitude and grinding for every shot really makes a difference and can save you from sinking into a bad round.
What are your plans in golf moving forward?
Ultimately, my goal is to play golf in college at a D1 school where I can study Architecture and Interior Design while competing at the next level. I have no official plan as to where I'm going to attend but the summer tournament season is still in front of us and anything can happen. However, I will continue to practice and work towards that goal of playing in college that started when I was a little kid.
Sadler at the NCHSAA State Golf Championship