BURNEYVILLE, Okla. (KTEN) — New Turner High School graduate Jaci Hartman's accolades are hard to miss on the way to the driving range at Falconhead Resort and Country Club, but they're not the only records she's set in Burneyville.

"I started playing in third grade. My family plays golf, and my brother first started, and I kind of just got thrown into it," Hartman said.

But it wasn't until the latter end of a dominant four-year stretch at Turner helping her team win four 2-A state championships that she realized her true passion for the game.

"When I won the state championship my junior year, and I had everyone there supporting me, I really felt like this is what I'm supposed to do," Hartman explained.

She followed her calling and committed to play golf at the University of Northern Colorado next year, which makes her the first student athlete from Turner Public Schools to play at the NCAA Division I level.

Turner golf star Jaci Hartman is headed to the University of Northern Colorado.

 

"I feel like I set an example for the little kids, that even though we come from a small school in a small area, that you can always go off and do big things," she said.

"As a freshman in high school in the state tournament, she got beat by a girl who was signed Division I,” said Jaci’s dad and assistant golf coach Scott Hartman. “That's what put the fire in her heart to say that, ‘Maybe I can do this.’ Not only did that for her, but also for her other teammates."

As Hartman prepares for the next step in her career, she's determined not to forget where she came from.

"Try to talk about [Burneyville]... put it on the map... let them know where I'm from and how I grew up," Hartman said.