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She’s Got Drive: Emma King ’18 

She’s Got Drive: Emma King ’18 

Wofford College has fit Emma King ’18 like a glove. A golf glove, more specifically. Coming off two undefeated seasons on Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s varsity golf team and an area championship in which she was the low medalist, Emma was looking for a college where she could continue her sport along with her studies and Wofford was the perfect choice. 

As a finance major with a minor in computer science, Emma plays a full schedule of golf tournaments with the Wofford Terriers but still has time for activities with her sorority Kappa Delta and even launched her own hat business – The Happy Trucker – in 2020. 

“High school golf was so much fun with Coach Rutledge,” she said. “There is a lot more sacrifice playing collegiate golf – one of the hardest things I’ve ever done – but it’s so rewarding.” 

An Alpha-Omega graduate, Emma started playing golf at HIES in seventh grade at a time when not many girls played golf. She also played softball up until her sophomore year and served on the Activities Committee and the SGA, and was an active member at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. In academics, she spent three years of Upper School taking various classes in both engineering and computer science. 

“HIES is such a special place and I’m very grateful for my time there. I love the similarities with Wofford,” she said. 

The Wofford golf team practices at a local country club, one of the few places that stayed open during Covid-related lockdowns and did not require masks outdoors. “It was a big blessing to be able to go outside and be free and play,” Emma said. 

The team travels to tournaments around South Carolina, Florida and even Las Vegas. Her stroke average is 81.07 in 44 total rounds to date. She made the Academic Honor Roll for three years, earned the Southern Conference Commissioner’s Medal (awarded to a student with a 3.8 GPA or higher) and was named to the Academic All-Southern Conference Team. Her summers typically have been occupied by tournament play. 

At Wofford she has found a tight-knit community and made close friends, many from small towns in South Carolina that she has enjoyed visiting. “I liked Wofford from the beginning, and I knew I wanted to stay here even if I stopped playing golf,” she said. 

Wofford is also the launching pad for her hat business, The Happy Trucker. With Covid-related restrictions in place in the 2020-2021 academic year, Emma started the business mainly for fun but it has become a real-life project that enhances her major as she manages the business’s funds, communicates with customers and markets her products.  

With graduation approaching, Emma plans to work on a Wyoming dude ranch this summer and is interested in working in sports-related business, perhaps in the finance office of a team or association, utilizing her knowledge and experiences as a collegiate-level golfer. 

“I really am so grateful for what the sport has given me and wouldn't change a single part of my experience playing here,” she said. “It definitely has its moments, like anything would, but overall, I have learned so much about myself and I’m so glad that I stuck through.” 

– Christina Mimms