Every athlete has what they consider to be their second home.

Every athlete has what they consider to be their second home.

For some its the basketball court, while others prefer a softball or baseball diamond.

However Plainview Lady Indians golfer Katie Finley will tell you that her main home is on the links at Dornick Hills Country Club in Ardmore.

It seemed only fitting then that Finley would choose a place she has spent so much time at playing the game she loves, to officially begin the next chapter of her career Tuesday night.

In front of her teammates, classmates, friends, coaches and family, the reigning defending state champion in Class 4A officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Texas A&M University in College Station in the clubhouse at Dornick Hills Country Club.

Before she made it official, Finley’s father Bob explained how this came to be, and it was all down to chance.

“We just kept having chance encounters with the Texas A&M girls golf team,” he said to the crowd before the ceremony began. “Out of all the schools we visited and all the standards we had for schools, Texas A&M got the highest marks out of any place we saw.” 

As for Finley herself, the night was a culmination of years of hard work that began when she swung her first golf club.

“This is everything I’ve been working for since I first picked up a club in seventh or eighth grade,” Katie said. “I don’t think I could have asked for anything better. I know there are a lot of people who go and play Division I golf each year. But, to have the opportunity I’m going to have at Texas A&M is just incredible.”

“Just speaking with coach (Trelle) McCombs made me feel like Texas A&M was home for me,” Katie added. “When I left that first conversation with her, everything felt right.” 

When it comes to a stacked golf resume, Katie Finley’s play has spoken for her for many years.

Last season alone Finley was apart of the first Lady Indians squad to win a state championship in 10 years and the second in program history.

She was also the individual state champion last season, and has competed in numerous junior national tournaments across the country, including most recently the Red River Challenge, which took place at Dornick Hills.

“According to my dad, Dornick Hills is my first home and where I sleep at night is my second home,” Katie said jokingly. “It was incredible to have it here. I surround myself with the people here at Dornick, and the people who were here tonight. I can’t imagine having my signing anywhere else.”

Katie will be joining a Texas A&M golf program which finished ninth overall at the NCAA Regionals this season, along with tying for fifth at the SEC Championships. 

Katie is undecided on her major while in college, but she said she is considering studying business or chemical engineering. 38-31 loss this season .