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Mabank golfers staying the course

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Kathryne, Josh German taking their game to the next level

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MABANK–Local Mabank golfers Kathryne Ann German and Joshua Michael German are making quite the name for themselves on the golf course as they continued to pursue their dreams of playing golf at the highest level.
Kathryne was born in Tyler and recently graduated from Mabank High School in 2018 as an honors graduate while lettering in both varsity basketball and golf. In her time at Mabank, Kathryne was a two-time State UIL Golf tournament qualifier and THSCA Academic All-State Second Team basketball player for the Lady Panthers. She is a current student-athlete at Tyler Junior College on a golf scholarship.
Josh was born in Round Rock and will be entering his junior year at Mabank High School in 2019. He is an MSI program student while lettering in varsity golf as a freshman. Josh was the 2018 North Texas Professional Golfers Association (NTPGA) Junior Golf 15-18 Boys’ Division Summer Series Champion after shooting a 138 (73/65).
Kathryne and Josh are children of Stephanie and Keith German. Stephanie is a former TJC alumni and UT Tyler grad and is currently employed by Mabank ISD at Central Elementary. Keith is also a former TJC alumni and UT Tyler grad. Keith is a former Mabank ISD coach/teacher at the junior high.
Both children got into golf at a young age growing up on hole seven of the Blackhawk Golf course in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin near Round Rock. Kathryne began playing competitive golf at as a freshman at Mabank High School. Josh began playing competitively at the age of eight in the South Texas Junior PGA.
With Kathryne and Josh, golf is a year-round sport for both. Josh takes part in fall, spring and summer leagues via the NTPGA while Kathryne plays in both fall and spring tournaments at TJC. A ton of work goes into preparing and working during the offseason is very important to both with a lot of help coming through ongoing instruction and just getting to the course as often as possible.
“At this age, we’ve focused on fun and skills development,” Keith German said. “Aside from this, we try to get the kids out to the course as often as possible for practice and/or play time. Neither of them had engaged in regular, ongoing professional instruction, but instead played as much as possible with occasional instruction (from Tim Lawson at Pinnacle) to tweak specific aspects as needed.”
With Kathryne, the transition from high school to college was going to be another hurdle for her to get over. So far, things are going well in her first semester at TJC.
“The hardest thing is time management since golf tournament weekends generally require travel on Sunday and play on Monday through Tuesday,” Keith said. “Therefore, Kathryne has to study and do homework during travel time and work with professors to schedule assignments and tests. She also attends the Green Acres Baptist Church College ministry events and has already met many new friends.”
On Josh’s side of the course, with him about to enter his junior year in high school at Mabank, he remains on the radar at the high school level while playing under Head Coach Jeff Lee. Josh continues to improve his game each year, including being invited to certain events to improve all aspects of his game.
“Josh has improved his scoring average year-over-year for each of the five years we’ve been members of the NTPGA,” Keith said of his son’s game. “I would attribute much of this to improving his short game and especially putting. We recently invested in a Club Champion putting evaluation service and learned that putter selection is a science. As such, Josh got a new putter and the impact has been measurable.”
Kathryne and Josh’s father, Keith, says it has been quite the investment having two children involved and competing at a high level in the same sport. They, along with Lee, have helped not only improve both children’s golf game, but helped shape their character and education.
“Let’s just say it keeps their mom and I quite busy and their sports involvement, especially golf, requires quite a time and financial investment,” Keith stated. “Both of our kids excel academically too, and that is something that we, as parent-educators, have emphasized. Other people have complimented our kids regarding their behavior and demeanor during competition; yet another aspect - character - that we emphasize as parents and people of Christian faith. Kathryne and Josh were/are active participants in Mabank’s FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) program. Their golf coach and FCA Leader Jeff Lee has been a trustworthy, strong Christian example for our kids while setting the bar high in team and individual competition.”


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