Girl Power: Andrews Girls Golf Creates a Dynasty 5/9/13
CBS7 Sports Director
One of the best things about being a sports reporter is getting to share really cool information, like this: Sarah Black doesn’t know what it’s like to NOT win a state golf championship.
“I don’t know anything else!" she exclaimed through laughter. "So I have nothing to compare it to. Whenever I came into high school, I wanted to get the first one then go from there.”
The Andrews Lady Mustangs barely missed making the state tournament in 2010. Black joined varsity as a freshman in 2011 and then Andrews started making history.
“It’s a great feeling," said senior golfer Brittney Lambert. "My sister started this three-peat, she was on the state team in 2011, and so, for me to be on this team to kind of end the three-peat is a great feeling.”
“It’s amazing, like, just having the feeling of being on top of the world and no one can take that away from me," said another senior, Payten Payne. "I’m always going to be a state champion.”
Two years later, Black is the only remaining member from the 2011 state championship team. Each year, the team simply reloads with fresh talent.
“It doesn’t work unless the kids buy into it," said head coach Mark Burgen. "They are willing to buy into it because they know what rewards are reaped at the end of the year.”
Of course, the girls enjoyed celebrating on the final green in Austin, but for them the best part was returning home with the boys team and both hoisting the trophies in their hometown.
“We couldn’t grin big enough when we saw all the people there," said Lambert. "We have an amazing town that supports us and most towns wouldn’t support a golf team like this.”
“It means a lot to them and to me. To come home to this little bitty town that willing to support us all the way and they’re all very supportive,” Payne said.
Payne and Lambert graduate in May and get to end their high school careers on top. The rest of the team is still looking to continue the dynasty.
“I would imagine that if you ask any of them about what would it be like if you were the first group not to go to Austin…I don’t think anyone really wants to answer that question," Burgen said.
I asked Black how badly she wants a fourth state title. She smiled and said, "Oh, more than I want to breathe!”