Facing off against the guys on the golf course has never intimidated Colleen Caveney.
Growing up with four big brothers, all avid golfers, Caveney learned the game competing against her siblings.
So what is there to fear against a Merrimack Valley Conference foe, even if he is a male?
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” said Caveney, a junior at Andover High. “It doesn’t worry me. And beating them, I admit, is pretty fun.”
The long girl on the Andover High varsity golf team, Caveney is off to a red-hot start, compiling a 5-0-1 individual record for the Golden Warriors this season, all against male opponents.
“Colleen is doing a great job for us this season,” first-year Warriors coach David Fazio said. “She has really stepped up and played really well.”
Golf was a part of Caveney’s life from the time she could walk.
Father Keith and mother Jane shared their love of the game with their five children, including youngest son Danny — the Andover golf captain a season ago — and now daughter Colleen.
“My whole family has always played golf,” Colleen Caveney said. “But when I was younger, I mostly just liked going out and playing with my family. I didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago.”
Caveney’s breakthrough came at age 12, when she took home her first trophy.
“I won the Lowell Junior Girls City championship,” she said. “I actually won it two more times after that. I still have the trophies next to my desk. That was when I started to think more about taking golf seriously. I got my own membership to Andover Country Club and started to really enjoy it.”
As a freshman, Caveney played for the JV team at Andover, then did not go out for the school team as a sophomore.