When Maddie Ogden finishes a round of golf, the first thing she’ll do is enter the course clubhouse and check the leaderboard. Scrolling through the names and scores, one name will stand out; Hannah Ogden, Maddie’s sister. Maddie isn’t alone. When Hannah finishes, she does the same thing.
Born one minute apart, Maddie before Hannah, the Ogden sisters are twins. But that’s not the only thing they share. Both attend McHenry West High School where they will be sophomores this coming year. Both enjoy competition, and above all, both play golf, often with each other.
“It’s just something to do with the family,” Maddie said. “Something nice you can do pretty much your entire life.”
The Ogden sisters were out on the golf course again on Wednesday, this time for the McHenry County Junior Golf Association's Marengo Ridge Open at the Marengo Ridge Golf Club. Maddie finished up her round with a score of 51 (+15). Hannah shot a 59.
Maddie's round was good enough for first place in the Girls Junior Division. Winning the Senior Division on the girls' side was Crystal Lake Central's Brittany Reid, who shot a 51. On the boys' side, Ben Harvel, who attends Prairie Ridge High School, shot an 80 (+8). Algonquin native Garrett Tighe shot a 76 to win the Junior Division.
The event itself was a one-day event, with boys participating for 18 holes, and girls shooting nine holes.
What initially started as a way for the Ogden sisters to spend time with their father has quickly turned into something they do on an almost daily basis.
“It gave us something to do with our dad,” Hannah said. “We weren’t really connected with him, so it kind of gave us something to do with him.”
The twins will find their way to a golf course around four to five times a week, be it the driving range or playing a full round in. And like most siblings, the competition between them can heat up.
“We always encourage the other person to do better, but at the same time, you still want to beat them,” Maddie said.
While competitive nature can take over, Maddie and Hannah have also helped each other become better golfers. They can often be found on the course together, therefore, both can provide a unique perspective on a problem that each other may be facing.
“Around the range, I ask her to look at my swing to see if I’m doing something funny when I’m putting,” Hannah said. “Pretty much seeing if I’m doing it right.”
Going into the Marengo Ridge Open, both Ogden sisters found themselves toward the top of the MCJGA point standings. Maddie had accumulated 455 points in six events, good for first in the Girls Junior Division. Hannah had 210 points, good for fourth.
And while Hannah painfully admitted after her round that Maddie was a better, more consistent golfer. They also seem to realize that one’s skill level in golf can always fluctuate.
“You can always get better,” Maddie said. “We just have fun going out and playing.”