Beever to play golf at UCM

■ The Siloam Springs se­nior was a three­time all-state se­lec­tion in Class 6A.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­omas@nwadg.com

Brink­ley Beever helped Siloam Springs’ girls golf team reach a new level in 2017, and now she’ll get the op­por­tu­nity to do the same at the next level.

Beever, a se­nior for the Lady Pan­thers, signed a na­tional let­ter of in­tent Wed­nes­day to play golf at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Mis­souri in War­rens­burg, Mo.

Beever is the fifth Siloam Springs golfer to sign to play in col­lege in the last six sea­sons and one of the more dec­o­rated play­ers in pro­gram his­tory. She was the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette’s New­comer of the Year as a fresh­man in 2014 and went on to earn all-state hon­ors in Class 6A three times in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Beever was the Class 6A in­di­vid­ual run­ner-up in 2017 and helped Siloam Springs fin­ish as the state run­ner-up as a team, some­thing the Lady Pan­thers have never done be­fore.

Beever fin­ished her se­nior sea­son with a nine-hole av­er­age of 40.7 strokes. She low­ered in av­er­age more than 11 strokes from her fresh­man year.

“I was just try­ing to go out ev­ery time and do the best that I could do and push my­self,” Beever said. “It turned out pretty well I guess.”

Beever played twice in the state over­all tour­na­ment, an­other pro­gram first, and in Septem­ber she was one of 33 ju­nior girls golfers se­lected to play in the Pure In­sur­ance Cham­pi­onship in Peb­ble Beach, Calif.

Siloam Springs golf coach Michael Robert­son said Beever set the ex­am­ple for a stu­dent ath­lete in the golf pro­gram that will be ref­er­enced for many years to come.

“Since her fresh­man year, Brink­ley has been there for many in­di­vid­ual and team firsts in our pro­gram,” Robert­son said. “All while main­tain­ing a 3.77 GPA and car­ry­ing a very tough course load, Brink­ley has been a leader and a great ex­am­ple of how to work hard on and off the course and can al­ways be found giv­ing back to our younger play­ers. As great as her ca­reer has been, I be­lieve her best days are still ahead of her.”

Beever is ex­cited to play golf at Cen­tral Mis­souri. She said the Mules en­joy a heated in­door hit­ting fa­cil­ity along with a course that the univer­sity owns.

Also, Beever’s older broth­ers Raiff and Ryke, both at­tend the univer­sity and play sports there. Raiff Beever plays base­ball, while Ryke Beever is a hur­dler for the track and field team.

“It’s go­ing to be really cool go­ing to school with them,” she said.

Brink­ley Beever said the col­lege golf setup is much like the high school setup in terms of earn­ing a play­ing spot for matches.

“I know I won’t be com­ing in on top, but that will be good be­cause it means I’m hav­ing to de­velop and get bet­ter,” she said. “Hope­fully I’ll be able to con­trib­ute.”

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs se­nior Brink­ley Beever signed a let­ter of in­tent Wed­nes­day to play golf at the Univer­sity of Cen­tral Mis­souri. Pic­tured are: front from left, fa­ther Bill Beever, Brink­ley Beever, mother Tammy Beever, and Siloam Springs head golf coach Michael Robert­son, back.

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