Muskogee’s Carter Stewart – Athlete of the Month Presented By David Kolb State Farm

Beginning his walk down the fairway at age five, Carter Stewart could hardly wait to begin his freshman season of varsity golf at Muskogee High School. And after just one event in which Muskogee won the team championship, Stewart and his teammates’ season was cancelled due to the virus pandemic.

“I was disappointed, but we have a young team with some really young talented golfers and I hope this will allow us added time to mature as a Muskogee Rougher golf team,” said Stewart noting the Roughers roster includes three sophomores and three freshmen.

For Stewart, it’s the opportunity to continue success on the links. Last summer, Stewart won seven South Central Junior PGA golf tournaments on his way to earning the 2019 South Central Junior PGA player of the year honors.

“Golf requires lots of practice in addition to the tournaments in order to improve your game,” Stewart said in anticipation of another summer of preparation. 

So what is the youthful Rougher’s favorite club in his bag that provides consistent confidence in results?

“My 7-iron is my favorite club and my most versatile club. I can make some really awesome shots with this club in my hand,” said Stewart, a student of the game that enjoys studying his own favorite player. 

“Rory McIlory is my favorite professional golfer.  He is classy, professional, and most of all a champion.”

With the mental aspects of golf equal to the importance of the swing while grinding his way to championship scores, Stewart is prepared on the course and in the classroom where he maintains a 4.3 GPA including his leaderboard results in honors math classes.

With golf recognized as a gentleman’s game, Stewart takes pride in displaying character no matter the number on the scorecard.

“Character is important to me because it is what defines me. I obey rules, etiquette and most of all I’m respectful to others,” Stewart said noting he always gives a firm handshake and looks his competition straight in the eye. 

“My dad has always taught me that your handshake is your “word”. My parents are my inspirations because of their work ethic, compassion and love in everything they do.”

And while the golf season was interrupted for Stewart and his Muskogee teammates, the pride of being a Rougher continues to build with a summer schedule that will be filled with golf as well as improving his skills as a kicker for the football team.

“I am proud to represent my school, my community, and upcoming young Roughers.  I like being a part of this amazing program. It’s Always a Great Day to be a Rougher.”