Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part 4

Profile of a CCISD Graduate, Part 4
Posted on 05/28/2019
Graduate Profile

By: Sydney Hunt, Senior Communications Specialist

When you think of the basic and necessary fundamentals of a successful golfer, being able to see and the ability to swing a club might be at the top of your list.

For Clear Creek High School’s Peyton Galyean, both of these abilities were threatened at a very young age.

“When I was just 18 months old, my parents noticed I had a lazy eye, so they asked a doctor to take a look at it,” Peyton said. “They ended up telling them I was 90% blind in my right eye and 85% blind in my left eye.”

She had been diagnosed with congenital cataracts, which only affects one in 10,000 babies.

For the next few months, Peyton’s family searched for a doctor who would perform surgery on her eyes. After receiving her first surgery near the age of two, she had four more surgeries on her eyes between then and her fifth birthday to help correct her vision as much as possible.

Then, at ten years old, she fell eight feet from an indoor playground. She had landed on her left arm and broke her wrist, dislocated and fractured her elbow, split her humerus bone in half, and cracked her growth plate.

“I had to have emergency surgery the next morning,” Peyton said. “The doctors pretty much said I wouldn’t be able to move my arm past 90 degrees and would never regain full use.”

However, after six months of physical therapy, she proved them all wrong.

“I was placed in a device called a JAS, or joint active system, which is used for children with cerebral palsy to help with their muscles,” said Peyton, who added that she would use the device for 30 minutes every night for nearly two months to help stretch out her arm. “I then went back to my doctor after those two months and had gained complete mobility back in my arm. He never thought this would be possible for me.”

With these major setbacks seemingly on the mend, she set her sights on new challenges when she reached intermediate school. She started playing golf for the League City Intermediate team her seventh and eighth grade years.

“My dad got me into the sport since he played all throughout high school,” Peyton said. “My older brother never picked it up, so my dad thought he would try with me. And it just stuck.”

She started out as a beginner in high school and was placed in the junior varsity class her freshman year. She was committed to growing her game over that year by competing in tournaments and taking private lessons.

Towards the end of the year, there was a member of the varsity golf team who got sick and couldn’t play in the District Tournament. So, Peyton took her spot and ended up in last place for the day and broke a district record for the worst score posted for that tournament.

“It was tough, but I was still proud of myself for competing since it was my first 18-hole tournament against the best golfers in the district as a freshman,” Peyton said.

This lit a fire in her to become not only the best golfer she could be, but also a leader on her team once she made varsity her junior year.

“My freshman year, I didn’t get a lot of interaction with the rest of the team since I was in the JV class and we didn’t get to practice together,” Peyton said. “So, when I became a team captain my junior and senior year, I made it a priority to go up to the freshmen and welcome them to the team. I still practice with them to this day and I think our team this year is the closest we have ever been.”

Through Peyton’s hard work and perseverance, she not only was part of the District Championship team this past March, but she ended up winning the tournament and became the District 24-6A Individual Champion. This was also the first time in school history both the Clear Creek High School team won, and a Clear Creek High School individual won in the same year.

“I was ecstatic and started crying when I saw I had won,” Peyton said. “It was a happy moment knowing I went from the absolute worst my freshman year, to first place my senior year. If you set your mind to something and are determined to do it, you can accomplish anything.”

Peyton will be continuing her successful golf career after graduation with a scholarship to Seminole State College in Oklahoma. She then plans to transfer after two years to the University of Oklahoma to study meteorology and minor in broadcasting.

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