Gamecocks' Higgins on to her next chapter

AWENDAW, S.C. (WCIV) -- As she hits golf balls off the range at Bulls Bay, Katie Rose Higgins knows she is starting her next chapter next month.

The daughter of Citadel head football coach Kevin Higgins graduated from South Carolina in three years with two degrees while playing golf for the Gamecocks. She still has two years of eligibility left and a thirst to learn, so Higgins is going for more.{}

"I'm really excited to get to play for Vanderbilt. They're a top 10 team in the country. To get a graduate degree from Peabody College, it's a top ranked grad school," said the First Baptist High School graduate.{}

Higgins always had a thirst for learning. She's learned for years from Bulls Bay golf pro Ricky Sullivan.{}

"I came here as a sophomore in high school hoping to maybe play college golf. I was shooting in the 90s. He turned my game around so quick. Now, I'm getting to play on scholarship for a top 10 team in the country," she said.

Higgins is also learning from her time at USC.

"The mistake I made at USC was feeling pressure like I needed to prove myself coming in. I did extra stuff, needing to prove my merit on the team. I will learn from that the second time at Vanderbilt. I feel like I have the experience," Higgins said.

Higgins takes plenty of momentum to Nashville. She's won two amateur tournaments this summer but there is one that she wants most, however, she's not yet in the field.{}

"It would be an absolute honor to play in the U.S. Amateur. It's the highest level of amateur play. The Country Club of Charleston is a special place to me. I won the Beth Daniel Junior tournament there. I think about it every day, I'm hoping for a phone call," she said. {}

She's working regardless. She's ready to jump into SEC golf again, hoping for a future on the LPGA tour. If not, Katie Rose Higgins has plenty of degrees to fall back on.{}

"I joke, if I was as competitive in golf as school, I'd be a whole lot better. I just can't deal with getting one wrong on a test," said Higgins.{}

With her experience, Katie Rose Higgins is likely to ace her next test, her next chapter at Vanderbilt.