Second place at the state golf championship as a freshman might satisfy some, but for Brian Carter, it was a challenge to grab the title the next time.
"I told myself I didn't want to get second anymore," he said.
Brian, now a junior at Lakeside High School, kept his vow -- he became the medalist for the Class AAAA as a sophomore. Brian most recently won the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour's Bartram Trail Junior Classic, which was held in Evans.
He's played golf since he could walk, he claims. And when he attends other tournaments out of town, such as the U.S. Junior Amateur tournament, in which he placed 17th in the nation, he's one of the few golfers that can claim Augusta as his home.
The hometown golf tradition is firmly ingrained in him.
"Being from Augusta, that's what we grow up doing," he said.
He started competing at 7 years old and has become a leader on the Lakeside High School team. Both years the team won the state championship for Class AAAA.
Brian grabbed the attention of the top two collegiate golf teams, University of Georgia and the University of Alabama.
He's already made a verbal commitment to Georgia, a team he grew up loving.
Making the decision about where to attend college in his junior year of high school has taken a lot of stress off of him, he said. Most don't decide until their senior year.
He hopes to get into the business school at Georgia.
"Gotta work hard for that, too," he said.
While he's looking forward to heading off to college, he's also looking ahead to competing with the Lakeside team.
"I always try to push my team the hardest," he said.
His personal routine involves a five-day practice week, for about 21/2 hours a day, before he heads home to get homework taken care of. Golf is also part of his family's life.
"They travel around the country with me," he said.
It takes a lot of work, he said, but it pays off in the end.
He has another goal that hits close to home.
"I want to win the Masters."
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