Big Rapids’ Dawkins hopes to become third sibling to earn all-state golf honors

CHIP: Big Rapids senior Alexis Dawkins chips during the 2015 season. Dawkins is competing at the Division 3 state final Friday and Saturday at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West. (Courtesy photo)

CHIP: Big Rapids senior Alexis Dawkins chips during the 2015 season. Dawkins is competing at the Division 3 state final Friday and Saturday at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Elizabeth Dawkins went to the girls golf state final four times on the Big Rapids varsity team from 2006-09 and earned first-team all-state honors.

Shortly thereafter, her brother, Tim Dawkins, also went to the state final four times and was an all-state honorable mention.

The youngest sibling, Alexis Dawkins, hopes to garner similar recognition as she prepares to play in her second Division 3 state final this weekend at Michigan State University’s Forest Akers West.

“I’m pretty excited,” Alexis said, “although I hear it’s going to be really cold. I’d rather it be warmer.”

The senior shot an 83 at the regional tournament Oct. 7 at Egypt Valley Country Club to qualify for the state final. She placed sixth overall, finishing six strokes behind medalist Madelyn Nelson from Spring Lake.

“She walked away happy to move on, but she was a little disappointed because she knew she could have won the tournament,” Cardinals’ coach Mark Posey said. “She had some strokes out there, only lost by six but had six three-putts, so we’ve been focusing on her short game and her putting this past week.”

Posey has coached all three Dawkins siblings during the past 10 years and said each has been an integral part of the Big Rapids golf program.

“All three of them are a little bit different,” Posey said. “Elizabeth was very competitive. Tim was a very hard worker and Alexis just loves the game, is a little bit of everything. She works hard and has a great attitude, just enjoys playing golf.

“The nice thing about Alexis, she hasn’t gotten so competitive that she’s lost that enjoyment of the game. She enjoys practicing, she’s fun, she’s relaxed and she’s not always serious, which is good.”

Alexis said Elizabeth, Tim and her father, Tim Dawkins Sr., influenced her love for golf.

“They’re the ones that got me into it,” she said. “I really like golf. At first, I didn’t really want to play, but once my dad got me in a few tournaments, it was something I wanted to do. I really enjoy it.”

Tim Sr., who also is the owner of Falcon Head Golf Club in Big Rapids, said he is proud of all three of his children.

“It is very rewarding,” he said. “I would say they all were very eager to learn and were receptive to my instruction. They were very dedicated at a young age to aspire to achieve their goals and do the best they can.”

Alexis also played at the state final her freshman year when the team qualified. She carded an 86, but Posey said she has come a long way since then.

“Growing up in the Dawkins family, I’m sure there were those high expectations,” he said. “She’s adapted well to those expectations. She’s had a really good four years and has gotten better in all aspects.”

Alexis said sinking a 40-foot putt at Tullymore Golf Course was her most memorable moment this season.

“I just remember my mouth like gapping open because I couldn’t believe I actually sunk the putt,” she said.

Alexis is hoping for a few more of those joyful moments Friday and Saturday.

“I just want to play my best, don’t really want to worry about the scoring right now,” she said. “I just want to enjoy it.”

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Posted by Ryan Zuke

Ryan is the sports editor for the Big Rapids Pioneer, covering local prep sports and Ferris State athletics. He can be contacted at (231) 592-8363 or rzuke@pioneergroup.com.

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