While at UT, junior women’s golfer Julia Beck has made a tradition — even a ritual — of marking her balls with a neon orange Sharpie for every tournament. Each tournament has its own distinct marking, but the orange Sharpie stays the same.
Beck is not the only player to bring a good luck charm with her to tournaments, but she is unique in decorating her golf balls.And it seems to work.
Beck finished last season second in scoring average on the team at 74.24, behind then-senior golf superstar Bertine Strauss. With Strauss graduated, Beck now has the opportunity to take the lead of the team.
Beck was the only underclassman to compete in all 11 tournaments last season and is set to have another successful year.
At the Alamo Invitational last season, Beck broke par for the first time and took the lowest score for that tournament, even beating out Strauss.
The team kicks off the season Sunday with a dual match tournament against Texas A&M, and Beck will be a player to keep an eye on as the season gets started.