When she didn't get enough golf there, she took her game to Troy State University, majoring in math with a minor in business at that school.
She recently finished her Troy State playing days, qualifying for every tournament she entered while there.
Guess who still hasn't played enough golf to be able to walk away from competition on the links?
That's why Branton is one of two Bartow County collegiate golfers competing in the Georgia State Golf Association's 41st annual Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship this week.
"I just enjoy playing golf," Branton said, explaining why she signed up to participate.
She will be joined by Carolyn Barbee, also of Cartersville, on Monday through Wednesday at The Manor Golf and Country Club in Alpharetta, which is hosting the tournament.
Branton is paired with Sarah Butt of Carrollton and Jane Duggan of Atlanta. Their first and second round tee times are 11:20 a.m.
Barbee, who attends Boston College, is paired with Rebeca Garcia of Marietta. Their first and second round tee times are at 11:10 a.m.
Branton said she has played at the tournament twice in the past and looks forward to the competition.
"It'll be a challenge but I have a chance to win," she said. "I won't have the pressure of school -- representing a school or worrying about passing. I'll just play golf."
Branton said there will be other familiar things at the tournament, such as one of her pairings.
"Sarah Butts, who played at Samford in Birmingham, and I played in high school together, too," Branton said. "She was in the region, at Carrollton, and is a good player.
"We went to a sudden death playoff in high school."
Branton said she won that playoff with her high school competitor.
The golfer has had some success away from school, too.
"I won the Cartersville Country Club's Ladies Club championship last summer," she said.
She said signing up to play at the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championship was an easy decision because of Alpharetta's proximity to Cartersville.
Her golfing goals, at this point, are simple.
"I'm going to keep playing amateur tournaments for a while," she said.
She said any decision about playing golf professionally would depend on something rather obvious.
"It would depend on how I do in the tournaments," she said.
The Alpharetta club, a Tom Watson design, opened in 2006 and is hosting its first GSGA championship.
The amateur championship began in 1970 and is the longest running women's event conducted by the association. It is open to golfers statewide and has always been held in the metro Atlanta area.
The GSGA was founded in 1916 and received its first charter in 1924. It is now one of the largest in the country with more than 355 member clubs and 85,000 individual members.