The week started on a high note at Buffalo Island Central with senior twins Lauren and Sarah Roddy signing letters of intent Monday to play golf at the University of Arkansas Monticello (UAM). Family, friends, coaches, teachers, and BIC student body gathered at the Mustang Athletic Complex for the signing.
They have won all four district championships throughout their high school years winning two championships and two runners-up each.
Coach Stan Fowler, BIC athletic director, welcomed everyone to the MAC and congratulated Lauren and Sarah who will be going on to play Division 2 golf.
BIC Golf Coach Cary Cossey thanked everyone for coming and thanked the administration for allowing the girls to be honored with a first class signing assembly.
"Golf is a tough sport," Cossey said. "It is an individual sport. It is hot when they play their matches and they have to be self motivators. Lauren and Sarah have worked hard. They have played in the junior Olympic golf tour where they received valuable experience. Their parents and family have supported them. Their dad gave them their first clubs at the age of three. They are great kids, excellent golfers. They won district four years and went to state four years. They have not lost a regular match the last two years. One or the other twin has won medalist with the other winning runner-up over the last two years. They have made my job easy. I only had two things to do, make sure the bus left on time and make sure we didn't have a wreck on the way. Their hard work has earned them four years at UAM. We wish them well and know they will represent BIC well."
Sarah and Lauren thanked everyone and expressed their appreciation to everyone for joining them.
"We started playing golf in the ninth grade and have spent numerous hours practicing," Sarah said. "It is a great sport."
"We thank God," Lauren said, "Without Him we would not be here. He picks us up when we are down. We want to thank our friends. We missed a lot because we were on a golf course but they understood and rescheduled or invited us to events the next time. We want to thank our coaches."
Their high school coaches included Mark Hurst one year, Gary Holliman, one year, and Coach Cossey, two years.
They thanked their family for the support.
"We could not have done it without you," Lauren said. "To Grandpa Dewey, we hope you enjoyed buying those clubs as much as we enjoyed using them."
A surprise thank you to Sarah was given by Lauren.
"Thank you for being a number one sister," Lauren said. "I never had to play golf alone. When you are beat by someone you love, it is not so bad."
Before making their decision to go to UAM, the twins were not sure where they would go to college but were always sure they would go together.
In addition to winning golf matches together, they have taken many crowns and runner-up crowns in pageants.
Their mother, Rebekah Roddy; father, Brian Roddy and his fiancÚ, Kim Stidman; grandparents, Diane Golden and Dewey Roddy; cousin, Micah Gipson, and aunt and uncle, Nicole and Kevin Stewart, were among the well wishers for the signing ceremony.