Competiveness drives Roddy Twins
Competitiveness stokes the fires that burn inside former Lady Mustang golfers Lauren and Sarah Roddy. The twin sisters have been twin terrors to the rest of the area golfers the past four seasons, as the tandem has combined to win the last four 2A District Golf Medalist titles as well as leading Buffalo Island Central to a state runner-up finish this past season.
The duo led BIC to four straight district titles, beginning in 2008. Lauren qualified for the 2A State Tournament each of her four years, beginning with her freshman season, while Sarah was a state qualifier her sophomore through senior years. Lauren captured the district medalist titles her freshman and junior seasons while Sarah finished runner-up both times. Sarah turned the tables, winning medalist honors her sophomore and senior years while Lauren was runner-up.
The pair now look forward to taking their golf skills to the University of Arkansas-Monticello, where they will compete for the Lady Boll Weevils. "We visited Arkansas Tech and Henderson State, but once we went to UAM we knew that was the place for us," said Lauren. "It was like our home town, small and family oriented and we just loved it," said Sarah. Both said they told all the coaches who recruited them that they were a package deal all the way. "We told the coaches 'if she can't go, I'm not going,'" laughed Lauren.
It is only fitting that the two would want to go to the same school, since they are together virtually all the time. "We are together 24-7. There have only been a couple of times I ever remember being separated," said Sarah.
The Roddys began playing golf in earnest their freshman seasons. "It just came easy for us," said Sarah. "We knew we were pretty good as freshmen but we didn't think about college until our junior year."
"We loved it from the first," added Lauren. "It was very easy for us. Our dad taught us our swing. We never took lessons."
The Roddys say they are very competitive with one another. "We push each other on the golf course," said Lauren. "We are competitive at everything, whether it's golf or fixing our hair," added Sarah. "We even finished in a tie for district one year and had to have a playoff," said Lauren. " I won," Sarah quickly interjected, as both girls giggled.
The twins said winning district four years in a row and qualifying for state are two of the highlights of their careers. Tying for fifth at this year's state tournament for medalist honors was also on their list as well as getting golf scholarships to UAM.
"Our parents have been such a huge part of our success. Our dad has taught us almost everything we know," said Lauren.
"He is definitely one of the bigs. He was a really good golfer when he played for BIC," added Sarah.
Both girls gave the same response when asked about their mother's golfing ability. "No, no, she's not good at all," laughed the twins in unison.
"We practice every day at the golf course for at least a couple of hours," said Sarah. Both girls said being focused is probably their biggest strength. "I really try to stay focused, especially when I go head to head against Lauren. If I could improve on one thing with my game it would be getting greater distance with my driver," said Sarah.
"I think the biggest thing for me, besides being focused, is that I am a very good competitor," said Lauren. "If I could improve on one part of my game it would be my chipping."
Lady Mustang coach Carey Cossey is the girls' third golf coach in the past four seasons. "He didn't know much about it at first," laughed Lauren. "He has really made it fun and he is our coach of the year," echoed Sarah.
Cossey has been the head coach of BIC the last two years. "I knew when I took over the golf team that we would be loaded," said Cossey. "They are both such good, consistent players. I think their strengths lie in the fact that they never get rattled. If they have a bad hole, they come right back with a good one. They are so steady on the course. They are just mentally tough kids who work hard all the time. More than that, they are good kids. They have competed against larger schools and have come out on top more times than not. I think playing tough competition prepared them well for both the district and state tournaments. It has been a joy coaching them."
In addition to golf, the girls enjoy shopping and taking vacations, especially to the Bahamas. The twins also teach swimming lessons during the summer.
The Roddys are looking forward to attending college in the fall. "We are looking forward to meeting new people and starting our new journey," said Lauren. "I am looking forward to the new challenges, playing different golf courses and competing against opponents we haven't faced before," added Sarah.
After college, the sisters plan on going into business together. "We both are considering majoring in occupational therapy for children," said Lauren. "We want to go into business together," added Sarah.
The twins wouldn't have it any other way.