ANDOVER — For many high school athletes, the idea of being the lone female on a varsity team, competing almost entirely against males, would be a frightening undertaking.
But not for Colleen Caveney.
Growing up with a father and four big brothers that were all dedicated golfers, Caveney spent her entire childhood facing off against the guys.
So what is there to fear against a Merrimack Valley Conference foe, even 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 only girl on the Andover High varsity golf team, Caveney has delivered a standout season, earning five victories and two ties, all against male opponents, for an Andover team that entered the week 7-6 including a key win over Central Catholic.
“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 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.”