Presten Richardson reflects on his state title with an eye to the future

At first glance, everything looks pretty normal for Presten Richardson.

“As soon as basketball was over, I was out here every day, just practicing for hours,” Presten said.

Swing after swing, the Miller senior has been working on his game with one goal in mind.

“I had a chance to repeat and defend my title,” he said.

The 2019 Class 1 State Champion hoped to go back-to-back.

Now, the repeat chance is lost with the spring sports season.

“It made my heart sink as soon as I found out,” Presten said. “You know, it sucks.”

But unlike most, he has the memory of a state crown to smile about.

“At that moment, everything felt worth it and it made me want to get out there and practice even more,” Presten said about winning the state title.

Presten still has plenty left to practice for, as he’ll play golf at Western Carolina University.

“To be able to continue [playing golf] after high school, I’m extremely blessed,” Presten said. “I’m excited to see where golf takes me.”

It may be a long road ahead, but he has a destination in mind.

“Wanting to be in the PGA in the future, that’s ultimately what I work for every day,” Presten said.

So long as there’s a course play, it’s business as usual for Presten, hitting the links to try and get better.

“It’s what I love,” he said. “It never gets boring to me.”

It’s clear that passion shines through in the results.

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