Coburn sisters stick together at Southwestern

Southwestern's Kelsey Coburn

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SANDESTIN, Fla. - When it comes to family ties, the Coburn sisters may know better than anyone. Senior Kelsey and freshman twins Keeley and Korey all play for the Southwestern University women’s golf team.

Kelsey, who has won two tournaments as a Pirate, including this year’s TLU Intercollegiate, had some pull in persuading the twins to come and play for Southwestern, in Georgetown, Texas, about four hours from the Coburns' Corpus Christi home. Keeley doesn’t like admitting it to Kelsey, but she confirmed that was true.

“Both Korey and I wanted to play both golf and basketball, so there was no better choice than Southwestern,” said Keeley after the first round of the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational at Baytowne Golf Club.

Unfortunately, Korey did not make the travel squad for this tournament, but she is still a major factor for the women's team.

“I talked to both coaches about them, and then I reported back to Keeley and Korey that they could play both sports, and obviously be with me,” said Kelsey.

Their mom, Janet, in particular, wanted the girls to be together.

“It’s pretty fun, getting to play and practice with each other again,” said Keeley. “We still get that family rivalry because of the other sports we play, too. It just makes us that better of players.”

Not only will they keep these close ties, but they will also keep Kelsey’s head cover in the SU golf family when she graduates in May.

“I used to have an alligator head cover, but I changed over to a parrot because a pirate always has a parrot with them on their shoulder. So Lauren Boone, a teammate, wants me to pass it down, and keep that in the family, as well,” said Kelsey.

Kelsey knows what that means more than anyone.

Southwestern sits in sixth place after the first round at Baytowne. Mary Hardin-Baylor and freshman Elizabeth Davis are on top of the leaderboard after the first round. Davis is the only player at even par for the tournament.

Four strokes back is Washington University-St. Louis, while Methodist is in third at 317, Illinois Wesleyan at 320 and in fifth is Centre College.

The second-round begins Monday with tee times starting at 8 a.m. CDT.

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