State champions were crowned across the country this fall in high school golf, but a pair of sisters in two states accomplished a rare feat while chasing a title.
The Nebraska School Activities Association's Class B tournament and Michigan High School Athletic Association's Division I tournament both had sisters finish first and second, ensuring the podium was well represented by their families.
In Nebraska, sophomore Julia Karmazin outpaced her sister, senior Emily, by six strokes in the two-day tournament. The Karmazin's strong showing helped lead Elkhorn North to the state title.
From News Channel Nebraska:
"Last year and this year that was our goal to go 1-2 and last year it didn't happen, but we set our minds to it this year, and we were really excited to go into it," Julia Karmazin said. "Yesterday, putting ourselves in that position we were pretty confident we could pull it off today."
"I've never really played to my full potential at state and I'm so excited I finally did this year and I was able to do it with [Julia] and be on the same team and just kill it, enjoy myself and cap off my high school golf career on the right foot." Emily said.
In Michigan, twins Bridget and Grace Boczar let Plymouth High School to a runner up finish in the MHSAA Division I tournament. Bridget took home medalist honors, finishing just one stroke ahead of sister Grace.
From Hometown Life:
"When I walked off the 18th green, coach Dan Young came up to me smiling and looked really happy," Grace said. "I thought I had won it, but then Bridget came up to me and said, 'I gotcha by one." I was both sad and happy at the same time. I was disappointed in myself that I didn't win, but I couldn't be mad or angry at how I played.
"We had a great week together."
The twins will play for Oakland University next school year.
They both likely could have landed at bigger colleges had they gone their separate ways. But they were a package deal when it came to recruiting. They pushed each other in practice and out on the course, so they wanted to make sure they'd be there for each other in college, too.