DAILY LEADER Sports Writer
WESSON — At 5-foot-2, Wesson senior golfer Perry Katherine Furr swings a mighty big club. So much, that Furr signed a scholarship to play for the Mississippi State University women’s golf team next fall.
“It was my goal to play college golf,” said Furr. “I am blessed to be able to do this.” She goes by her initials PK.
Furr said was contacted last summer and visited the MSU campus in July, meeting women’s golf coach Christi Sanders. She said she liked Coach Saunders.
During the MSU-LSU game, Furr talked with Sanders and told her she would commit to State. “I really enjoyed talking to her.”
P.K., the daughter of Richard and Robin Furr, began accompanying her father to the golf course when she was 5 years old. “I used to go with my dad when is I was five. “
When she entered the sixth grade, the 12-year-old Furr decided she wanted to play golf. “My daddy taught me. My dad said if I stuck with it, it might get me through college.”
Up until her senior year, Furr played tournaments all over the South and has won numerous titles. She is a member of the Wesson golf team that are the defending Class 2A state champ. Their golf coach is Jody Ray.
Furr uses Nike Irons and Titlist Pro V One golf balls. Her average driving distance is 245 yards.
While at Mississippi State, Furr plans to major as an athletic trainer. In the classroom, she has a GPA of 3.5.
Furr had the opportunity to walk on at Ole Miss, but couldn’t pass up the scholarship at MSU. Her parents are Ole Miss graduates and her older sister Abby is finishing her degree in pharmacy at Ole Miss.
Furr is working on a new swing to get ready for the longer courses in the SEC. “I hit the ball really low,” said Furr of her swing. “I have to carry the ball further.” The coaches instructed her on correcting it and Furr is working on it this season.
Furr, who played other sports at Wesson, including basketball and softball, decided to dedicate her time to golf her senior year. She was selected to the Wesson Hall of Fame. Furr is a member of FCA, the National Honor Society and the Irish Club (school spirit).
Last weekend, Furr and her family attended the LPGA Tournament of Champions held on the Magnolia Grove Course in Mobile, Ala. “I got a lot of autographs,” said Furr. “I got to meet Annika Sorenstam.”