Overbey reaches goal, signs with Wolfpack

Nov. 20, 2013 @ 08:23 PM

Cecily Overbey set the goal when she was younger of playing college golf, and she was determined to achieve it.

She challenged herself to become that level of player, working endlessly to hone her skills and compete among the area’s top players. Now, she’s reached that goal, signing with N.C. State to continue her golf career at the NCAA Division I level.

“It’s awesome, amazing,” says Overbey, the daughter of Chip and Myra of High Point. “I’ve always wanted to play in college ever since I was younger. That’s always been my goal. I knew that once I set that goal, I’d never be satisfied otherwise.”

Overbey, a senior at Wesleyan Christian, grew up around golf, with her dad and older sister, Madison, playing. But it took her some time to warm to it. As her sister played, she sat in the cart with her mom and watched Disney movies on her portable DVD player.

“I hated golf. I wanted nothing to do with it,” she recalls with a laugh. “I thought it was boring. I didn’t like I had to be quiet, and I didn’t like I had to be still. But when I started playing, I realized it’s a lot of fun.”

Watching her sister, who is six years older and played at Auburn, Overbey saw the benefits of playing competitive golf and set similar goals for herself. She worked hard and dedicated her time and effort to improving in every phase of the game.

“It’s definitely a lot of work,” she says. “It’s countless hours outside. When it’s 100 degrees and when it’s 20, you have to be out there. I think sometimes people underestimate how much work it is, but it’s definitely worth it in the end.”

She played three seasons on Wesleyan’s J.V. boys team before moving up to varsity, and she pushed herself to compete with — and beat — the boys. As a sophomore, she was the team’s No. 2 player behind Davis Womble, who now plays for Wake Forest, and earned All-PACIS 3A honors.

During her junior year, which was the first year Wesleyan fielded a girls team, she wanted to continue playing for the boys team. But the conference didn’t allow it, and so she didn’t play for either team and instead focused on playing outside of school.

As a senior on the girls team, Overbey, who plays in AJGA, CGA and Peggy Kirk Bell events and has also competed in the North & South Junior and the USGA Girls Junior, won the conference player of the year and finished tied for second in the state.

“She’s self-driven, self-motivated,” Wesleyan girls coach Jaime Cebollero says. “She practices when everyone else is taking time off. She’s grinding year-round — that’s what makes her special.

“She’s just a hard-worker. We had a match this season where it was cold, rainy and we got back late, and the very next morning she was out on the course. When you have that kind of work ethic, it shows and it starts to pay dividends.”

In looking at schools, Overbey had been in touch with the Wolfpack and coach Page Marsh, who is a member of the N.C. Sports Hall of Fame and a Jamestown native, through her instructor, Mike O’Briant, at Colonial Country Club.

She narrowed her top choices to also include Auburn and Wake Forest. But after visiting with the coaches and team and seeing the N.C. State campus, she knew that she was ready to make her choice and decided to verbally commit in December.

“After visiting N.C. State, I realized that’s where I really wanted to be,” says Overbey, who wants to study business. “I felt like I could go there and make the biggest impact. It was just everything. There wasn’t really anything I saw I didn’t like.

“It’s great. It’s a big relief to finally reach this goal, but it also encourages me to work harder and succeed at the next level. I feel like once you accomplish a goal, it’s time to set another. Now that I’ve reached this goal, it’s time to set another.”