“I was really only average as a freshman,” she said. “And I wanted to focus more on basketball my sophomore year. I didn’t feel like I could dedicate the time to golf.”
Last winter, Caveney emerged as a key member of the Golden Warriors basketball team, which also featured her cousin, 1,000-point scorer Devon Caveney.
Colleen averaged 5.1 points a game as a guard for the Warriors, which finished 18-7 and advanced to the Division 1 North semifinals.
It was then that her basketball connections helped lead her back to play for the Andover golf team.
“I have known coach Faz for years,” Caveney said. “I always went to his basketball camp (Hooptown) growing up and I coached at it this year. He was also my gym teacher, and I knew his daughter (former standout guard and current UConn lacrosse player) Ally through basketball. I was excited to have Faz coach, and I talked to (assistant basketball coach Carol) Martini, too, and she encouraged me to go for the team.”
Prior to team tryouts, Caveney fired the round of her life, shooting a 40 over nine holes at Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill.
“That was probably the best I have ever played,” she said. “Maybe I shot a 41 before at Andover (Country Club). But I still wasn’t totally sure I was going to make the team. But coach Faz’s encouragement gave me confidence.”
Caveney not only made the varsity team, she quickly began contributing to the team from the No. 8 spot in the lineup. She opened her season with a victory over Methuen, and has kept it up to the 5-0-1 mark, including victories in each of their last two matches.
“I didn’t even know if I would be playing much this year,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I use a lot of the lessons I learned from my father, who still plays a lot. Things like course management and how to hit in certain situations.