Twins Sarah and Lauren Roddy of Monette love the game of golf. The Buffalo Island Central juniors are fairly new to the sport. They began playing three years ago, just before their first golf season as freshmen at BIC.
Even though the sport is new in the girls' lives, they have had numerous successes. They led the BIC's golf team for the past three years. This year the team earned the District Championship Award for the third consecutive year. Every time the girls play a game, it is a toss-up to which twin will win the medalist award. This year Lauren fired a 96 at the District Tournament at Turkey Mountain Golf Course in Horseshoe Bend to earn the Medalist honors. Just opposite from last year's District Tournament where her sister, Sarah, earned Medalist honors after playing a round of sudden death against Lauren.
Sarah earned runner-up Medalist award at this year's district Tournament.
Their team qualified to go to the State tournament for the first time in the girls' golf experience. Both Sarah and Lauren have represented BIC individually at the state level but never with the whole team.
The state golf tournament was held at The Greens at Nutter's Chapel in Conway where BIC's team finished fifth in the 2A State Tournament. Sarah and Lauren did well at the tournament. Lauren finished 11th out of 60 golfers and Sarah finished ninth and was named to the all State tournament Team.
The girls admit the game of golf is very challenging and to succeed it takes a lot of practice. Even though the season is complete, the girls continue to practice. There is a lot of thought that must go into the game or even into every swing. Golf is an individual sport which is different from other sports.
They both agree you have to love it to keep on going and they both love the game and look forward to playing and improving their game. At times the competition gets tough between the two but that is what they say motivates them to get better.
Golf is a more fun with a friend and who better to play with then your sister -- your best friend.
The girls plan on joining a junior golf tour this spring.
They girls said they are proud their dad introduced them to the sport. They look forward to enjoying the game of golf for many years to come.