Golf: Lobo alumna among area's elite
In just over five years, from the point where recent Langham Creek graduate Kirby Kramer started taking golf lessons, she went from beginner to the University Interscholastic League State Tournament and a full ride to Texas A&M University.
"She's just a natural," Langham Creek girls golf coach Carey Todd said. "She has a natural swing, and she's just a great student, a great athlete and a great kid."
Kramer, a three-time region qualifier who tied for 12th in Class 5A at state this spring, was one of only eight players named to the 2011 All-Greater Houston girls team last week.
"I saw that and it was an awesome feeling," she said. "I've been honored to represent Langham Creek, and I'm looking forward to being a part of a powerful-and-talented team at Texas A&M.
"Hopefully being surround by so many outstanding players I'll become a better one."
Kramer's parents, Tom and Sue, are Texas A&M graduates, and it was always her dream to be an Aggie and play at the collegiate level, like her older sister, 2007 Langham Creek graduate Kendall, did in soccer at UT-Tyler.
"I got into golf just going out with my dad and riding in the cart, and back then, that was my favorite thing, the cart," Kramer said. "Then came the lessons, and I started liking it, and after playing every sport I could in middle school and as a freshman, I decided to concentrate on golf."
That led to the three straight region trips, and finally the state tournament this spring, and additional all-state honors academically and as a player.
"Kirby is one of the best athletes I've had the honor to coach, and that's in the classroom, too," Todd said. "Through her ups and downs, she proved that if you work hard enough, you can achieve your goals.
"She lived at the course, and through a tremendous amount of self discipline, still took care of all her class work, and everyone at the school, from her senior classmates to the teachers and administrators, just loves her, and they were always pulling for and asking about her."
Kramer finished in the top eight percent of her class and could go into engineering at Texas A&M.
"She's a very bright young lady who stays calm and doesn't let things bother her on the course," Todd said. "She did a lot for Langham Creek, and not just in golf, and it was a true pleasure to be her coach."
Kramer reports to Texas A&M in August.
"I've met the players and coaches, and they are all very nice, and it's will be great to be a part of it," she said. "A good friend from Seven Lakes, (A&M sophomore) Janell Lysack, is on the team, and that makes it even better."
The All-Greater Houston girls golf team also includes MVP Kendall Anderson of Magnolia, Clear Lake's Courtney Ferguson, The Woodlands' Laken Trahan, Huntsville's Madison Ward and Montgomery's Abby Corson (all seniors), Cinco Ranch junior Abby Newton, and Angleton freshman Lakareber Abe.
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