Muldrow’s Matlock signs with MSSU
MULDROW — Senior Kirsten Matlock signed a Letter of Intent to attend and play golf at Missouri Southern State University in a ceremony in front of the entire student body, her family and friends last Thursday afternoon.
Matlock, who has been playing the sport since she was 6, could not stop smiling throughout the ceremony and including when she signed on the dotted line to make it official.
“I’m just over the moon,” Matlock said. “I’m very excited and it’s crazy that I’ll be playing college golf. I didn’t really think that I would be playing college golf. I’m excited for (my) senior and I’m ready to play some good golf and then I’m ready to go up to Missouri and start my college career.”
Matlock dabbled in other sports as a child but when she started playing golf she quickly realized that she loved playing it the most.
Matlock became a member of the First-Tee in Fort Smith and that only added to her love of the game.
“I started playing golf and never looked back,” Matlock said. “It’s what I love to play.”
Matlock chose MSSU because she felt it was the right fit for her.
MSSU, located in Joplin, Missouri is just a two hour and 20 minute drive north east of Muldrow.
Matlock, who is an only child, really liked the campus and everything MSSU had to offer her.
“I really liked the atmosphere up there,” Matlock said. “It’s a smaller school and I just love the coach and it’s so nice up there. I think it’s a good fit for me.”
Matlock had a couple other offers but MSSU felt right.
Muldrow golf coach Barry Tabor has coached Matlock since her sophomore year said Matlock made the correct choice in choosing MSSU.
“It’s going to be a good fit for her,” he said. “It’s kind of like a hometown sort of feel. They have a good program at Missouri Southern and I’m really proud of her. Her work ethic, she works so hard to be the best and she’s been the best female golfer here at Muldrow for several years.”
At MSSU Matlock plans to study Mass Communications and will look to get into television.
Matlock was won several tournaments this offseason and is looking to improve off of last season’s 20th place at the Class 4A State Championship.
Even during the winter Matlock is continuing to put in work to get ready for spring.
Her work ethic is why Tabor feels she’ll do well at the next level.
“I think she’s going to be very successful in college,” he said. “I picked her up (as a coach) when she was sophomore and she dropped 5-7 strokes during that year. Since then she’s progressed and dropped strokes during the summer every year. Her short game is really good and has become a fantastic putter. She’s solid and so consistent, she’s exceptional.”
With her signing behind Matlock know where she’ll be going and is now hard at work for what she hopes is a successful senior season.
Matlock wanted to credit her support system for helping her be able to continue to play the game she loves at the next level.
“Thank you to everyone that has supported me,” Matlock said. “It really means a lot. The whole town of Muldrow I just really appreciate it.”