Hooton excelling on golf course for Bishop’s

Courtney Hooton first picked up a golf club when she was just 5 years old, and ever since, has been madly in love with the game.

Truth be told, it was a set of plastic golf clubs that her grandparents used to first introduce her to the sport, but before long, Hooton and her sisters Libby and Chloe were playing executive golf course, and then became regulars at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

Now a sophomore, Hooton is making headlines with her play for The Bishop’s School.

“I really just like the competitive aspects of golf over a long period of time,” Hooton said. “It’s not over so soon like other sports. You have four or five hours to battle it out on the golf course.”

Hooton has helped the Knights to a 5-2 record thanks to her consistently low scores. She and teammate Spenser Krut regularly post scores at or below par, and in an Oct. 8 match against San Dieguito Academy at La Jolla Country Club, Hooton set a school record with a 4-under-par 32.

Hooton said the key to her low scores is consistency. While many other players pick up the game when they enter high school or a year or two before, she has the benefit of years of experience on the golf course. She said pressure situations don’t faze her because she has seen them before.

Outside of the high school season, Hooton has had plenty of success on the junior golf circuit. For each of the last 10 years, she has been among the top six female players her age in points in the San Diego Junior Golf Association, and this year, she has placed in the top 10 three times on the highly competitive American Junior Golf Association tour.

Those are just a few of Hooton’s many accomplishments in junior golf. For the time being, she’s squarely focused on her high school matches and the upcoming postseason. After that, she’d like to follow in the footsteps of her older sister Libby, who is a freshman golfer at the University of Pennsylvania.

“It would be my dream to play in the Ivy League,” Hooton said.

Gregory Ball covers sports for La Jolla Light. He can be reached at ballgregory@yahoo.