ABOVE: Peyton Timmerman, English senior, swings for the ball during a 2017 softball game. Timmerman will be joining the women’s golf team for the tournaments that will not interfere with softball this school year. (Tessa Castor/Staff photographer)

By Tessa Castor

Staff reporter

A 2017 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference second-team selection for softball and Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athlete, Peyton Timmerman, English senior, has more talents up her sleeve than just academics and softball.

Since she was 11 years old, Timmerman has played golf. After joining her ex-step-father in a golf couples scramble, Timmerman found a passion in golf. She played at her high school in Ozark, Ark., where she won district twice and was all-state. Timmerman spent her summers as a child going between golf tournaments and softball games.

“There’s been times I’ve been in a golf tournament and had to change in the car on the way to a softball game,” said Timmerman. “I love playing golf, so either way I’m going to do it. I’ve been balancing it my whole life.”

Despite her love of golf, Timmerman chose to play softball at Southwestern because she knew it would be her last four years on a fast-pitch softball team, and she knew she could play golf for the rest of her life. After signing to play softball at Southwestern, Timmerman had to hang up the golf clubs, though she continued to tell Amber Good, head softball coach, that she wanted to play golf.

“Peyton’s kind of a jack of all trades,” said Good. “She’s been asking me for three-and-a-half years if she could play golf, and I wanted to give her the opportunity to help out the women’s golf team this year.”

“Peyton contributes a lot to our team,” said Good. “She’s a leader on and off the field.”

Good said she heard that the women’s golf team had one less golfer than needed to qualify as a team for tournaments, and she told Timmerman about the opportunity.

“I’ve wanted to play golf since I’ve been here,” said Timmerman. “This is the first opportunity I’ve had. I want to help the women’s team have a whole team so they can qualify for placing, and hopefully I won’t shoot a crappy score.”

Tim Jasper, head golf coach, said that he received an email from Timmerman about joining the golf team a few weeks ago after sending a notice to coaches about the women’s team needing another golfer. Jasper said he believes Timmerman will provide leadership and competitiveness along with assisting with the team score.

“I think she will be a good addition for us,” said Jasper. “We’re really excited to have Peyton join us and to get the season underway.”

Jasper said that he hopes for the women’s team to be top competitors in conference championships, and potentially place in the top three.

Timmerman said that she is most looking forward to the opportunity to compete again, something she hasn’t done for 4 ½ years. She has finished most of her course requirements for her English degree, and she said she hopes to dedicate her extra time to practicing on the golf course.

During spring break, Timmerman will compete in a golf tournament. The softball team will have free time during the break, and Good said that she hopes that the team will support Timmerman at the tournament.

“I think it’d be amazing for them to go out and support her in that atmosphere,” said Good. “We may be a little too loud for golf.”

Tessa Castor is a sophomore majoring in English. You may email her at tessa.castor@sckans.edu.