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Blackmon-Hughes sisters find success on the links

Sara and Grace Blackmon-Hughes are looking forward to what lies ahead. It's an opportunity to play in the Region 3-AAA golf tournament and hopefully a repeat challenge to play for the Class AAA golf championship.

The sisters, who are separated by just two years, would love nothing better than for that to happen. And so would the third member of the team, senior sensation Rebecca Goldman.

It would mean everything to Sara and Rebecca since this is their senior year.

"I'd love to leave my mark at Thomson High School and for our team to win a region title or state championship," said Sara during a break while working for Spirit Aviation at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport during Masters last week.

This marks the second year that the Blackmon-Hughes sisters have played on the golf team at Thomson High School. Prior to transferring there, they attended Briarwood Academy, where they played on the co-ed golf team. Sara and Grace, daughters of Jim Blackmon and Linda Blackmon Hughes, of Thomson, were the first two girls to ever play golf at the private school.

"I started playing golf in the eighth grade at Briarwood," said Sara. "I've always loved the game."

She began playing golf when she was 8.

Sara admitted that her game hasn't been what she had wanted it to be thus far this season.

"My game has been up and down - not exactly where I wanted it," said Sara, an A-B student who plans to attend Berry College, majoring in biology and playing on the golf team. "In practice rounds, I've put up scores of 36, but when it comes to matches, my scores shoot up into the high 40s and low 50s. I think it's because I put so much pressure on myself when it comes to playing in a match. I want to be good and I want our team to be good."

The three Lady Bulldog golfers were scheduled for two matches this week - both of which were to be played at Belle Meade Country Club near Thomson. They will travel to Waynesboro Country Club next Monday, April 20 to participate in a pre-region practice round before returning to Waynesboro next Tuesday for the region tournament.

Sara tooted the horn of her 16-year-old sister, Grace, a sophomore, during the interview at the local airport last Friday.

"She's beat me the last four times that we've played," said Sara. "Grace knows how to stay focused and have fun when she's playing."

Grace agreed.

"I like playing golf, but I don't take it as seriously as my sister," added Grace, who is playing in her second year for the Lady Bulldogs of Head Coach John Barnett. "I like having fun when I play."

Sara and Grace believe the Thomson team will do well in region play and again in state play this season.

"I think we've got an excellent chance of winning the region title and doing real well in the state tournament," said Sara.

Last year, the Lady Bulldogs finished sixth in the Class AAA State Girls' Golf Tournament.

Web posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009

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