Hoover Bucs Golfing Success
By Wayne Wood
There was a legendary saying long ago in England or Scotland which depicted a gender discrimination in the game of golf. It was noted that the letters of the word golf or G.O.L.F. meant, “Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden.” That’s as far from the truth especially here in the United States and especially the last several decades.
The pro circuit is filled with ladies and gentlemen who gained their experience at a young age in their life. The state of Alabama has had numerous outstanding golfers and plenty of great golf courses in the warm sunny climate.
The Buccaneers of Hoover High School have had their share of great individual golfers and teams. In 1987, the girls team (known as W.A. Berry then) won the first state team championship in school history. It wasn’t until about 15 years later that the girls would enjoy a string of championship success winning state 6-A titles in 2002, 2003 & 2004.
Two of the girl stars from that era were the Schepperle sisters (Abigale & her younger sister Candace). Abigale also was an individual co-state champion for the Bucs in 2003. Both girls later signed with Auburn University where they also had successful golf careers. The Lady Bucs Golf teams later won state titles recently in 2014 (6-A) & 2015 (7-A).
The Buccaneer boys program has had championship success as well winning state 6-A titles in 1999, 2000, 2001 & 2003. Lance Goodson was an individual state champion in 2001.
In Hoover, the initials G-O-L-F could indicate: “Greatness Often Leads Forward.”