For the Allisons, the apple certainly hasn’t fallen too far from the tree.
In what has become a household name in the sport of golf over the past several years in Central Texas, there’s another Allison quietly moving up the local ranks.
Soon-to-be Robinson sophomore Cade Allison fired a 79-78 at Cottonwood Creek and Twin Rivers, respectively, to take first place in the Waco City Junior Golf Championship Tuesday and Wednesday in the boys 15-18 year old division.
If you’ll remember, Cade’s brother Chase was instrumental in pushing the Rockets to fourth place in the UIL’s Class 4A state golf tournament just a few months ago. Chase will soon be a freshman on the Abilene Christian golf team.
But it’s Cade’s turn to take a bow in the spotlight, as the 15-year-old was certainly pleased with the way his game progressed the past few days, winning the championship by a tidy 14 strokes.
“At Cottonwood, it was pretty windy and I didn’t hit the ball as good as I wanted to, but my chipping saved me,” he said. “But I was feeling it at Twin Rivers and I thought I played a lot better.”
Allison has been playing golf as long as he can remember. Just like his brother and father Tommy, the current head football coach at Robinson, the teenager enjoys playing with those closest to him.
“It’s a family sport for us, for sure,” Allison said. “We all play, except for my mom.”
Though it was Allison’s first time braving the summer heat of the city championship, he’s familiar with both courses, as Allison competed in the Starburst Junior Golf Classic just last month.
So as he continues to make a name for himself on the links, don’t be surprised to see Allison’s name in the paper as a budding basketball and football star for the Rockets. But for now, he is happy with the direction that his swing is headed.
“I stopped playing baseball when I was in fifth grade to focus on golf,” he said. “So right now, I’ll just keep playing and see what works out for me.”
With big brother away at college, Allison says dad is helping him out on the course. But for Tommy, Cade says all the hard work the two have put in together has come at a cost.
“Dad used to be good,” Cade said laughing. “But he’s gotten older and it is starting to hurt his back.”