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Sibling duos lead teams to state golf tourney

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 4:51 am | Updated: 10:44 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

Byler Lindeman shot a 79 on the first day of the District 25-3A golf tournament.

The score was not only the best for the Lampasas Badgers, but also led the district after one round.

That's all the motivation Lindeman's brother, Stayton, needed.

"He was beating me by one and the second day, it actually made me play a lot better," said Stayton, the older of the two brothers. "I didn't care how I did, as long as I beat him."

Stayton, 18, rebounded from the first-day 80 to shoot a 4-over par 73 and win the individual district championship.

Byler, with his brother on his heels, didn't fare so well. The sophomore shot an 84 on Day 2.

"(Who's better) depends on the day, but he has more better days," Byler, 16, said. "He does better in tournaments. I usually blow up on the last few holes and he doesn't."

There is a "friendly" sibling rivalry between the two, and it not only helps each other, but Lampasas as well. The Badgers won the 25-3A title on April 5, then turned around two weeks later to finish second at the Region IV-3A tournament and advance to state.

The 3A UIL state tournament is today and tomorrow at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin.

The Badgers won't be alone. In all, 17 local golfers will be in Austin, including the Lampasas girls, who won their district and region tournaments. Also competing are the Gatesville girls, and Salado medalists Taylor O'Rear and Dane Hankamer.

The Lindemans also won't be the only siblings competing.

The Gatesville girls, which return to state for the first time since 1993, feature the tandem of Amber Colson and younger sister Katy. Both played last year as the Hornets qualified for regionals for the eighth straight season.

"Playing with my sister is pretty cool," Katy, 16, said. "She's always there to help me and I know when I can't concentrate and I don't have my self-esteem going on, she's always there to pick it up."

Joked Amber: "She kind of gets on my nerves a little, but other than that, it's fun."

Both teams are fairly close, they say, with the relationship between siblings only an example of life-long bonds on the course.

Stayton grew up playing golf not only with his brother, but Badger teammate Colton Perkins as well. Sterling Wright transferred from Copperas Cove, but usually plays golf daily with the rest of the team.

"They actually feed off each other a lot, so that helps me," Lampasas boys golf coach Kyle Black said. "It just gives me a closer team because of them. Most of the guys have known each other their whole lives.

"They help each other when they need to."

The support system doesn't mean there isn't competition.

"They don't want one to outdo the other, so there's a pride factor there," Gatesville golf coach Guy Dean said. "Especially when little sister has a good round and big sister goes, 'Oh man, I got to up my game a little bit.'

"That little family camaraderie is good but also the competitive side of it is good. Not just with being on the same team, but being in the same family."

For Amber and Katy, most of their competition centers around chores.

"The other day after dinner, one of us had to clean the kitchen," said Amber, who will play collegiately at Hardin-Simmons University next year. "So we came out (to the Gatesville Country Club) and I beat her so she had to clean the kitchen. I didn't want to clean the kitchen."

Each has won her fair share against the other, but that didn't stop younger sister from reluctantly telling the truth.

"Sometimes I'll win; sometimes Amber will win," Katy said. "But 75 percent of the time, she usually wins."

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