GARNER — The Ceyrolles sisters are known to most as “the triplets” around the halls at Garner High. No problem, say the junior siblings.
“We’re used to it now,” Lauren Ceyrolles said. “Our older brother [Paolo] went to school before us and when we got to middle school, and high school, people would say, ‘There go the triplets.’ ’’
But when you put golf clubs in the sisters’ hands, they can flat-out play.
The Ceyrolles have helped lead Garner to back-to-back Greater Neuse River 4-A Conference championships. And this season, they stand 1, 2 and 4 in the conference standings as individuals, and the Trojans are again on top of the league.
Nichole led the Greater Neuse River with a 38.6 stroke average after five league matches, Lauren was second at 44 and Arianna fourth at 50.
The Ceyrolles were born in Italy but grew up in Garner – taking up golf about five years ago when their father taught them the game. They took to it right away, and pretty soon were taking lessons from a professional and practicing at their neighborhood course at River Ridge Golf Club.
“We’ve always kind of developed at the same pace,” Nichole said. “Our scores weren’t always the same, but as we went lower, we seemed to do it together.”
They have different strengths on the links.
“I would say Arianna is the better driver,” Lauren said. “Nichole, it’s her short game and putting; my strength is my irons. So, if you put us together, we’d be pretty good.”
For Garner coach Connie Barnes, who took over as girls golf coach when the Ceyrolles were freshmen and played on the varsity, they are just fine as a threesome.
“They are very competitive [with each other],” Barnes said. “Lauren and Nichole really compete against each other because they are 1 and 2. But they are like best friends.
“They do ride each other a little. You can hear them when they come in say, ‘What did you shoot, what did you shoot?’ But it’s a good competitiveness.
“The three of them are very close. It’s been great to have them on the team.”
And great for the Trojans. All three sisters advanced to the regional tournament as freshmen and sophomores, and Lauren and Arianna went to the state tournament as individuals last year.
This year, the goal is for all three to go to the state tournament. They have improved each year, to the point that they have a shot at getting the Trojans to the state tournament as a team.
“Regionals will be interesting,” Barnes said. “If all three of them shoot well, we could make states as a team. But they have to stay focused. It’s a one-day tournament, and if you have a bad day, you have a bad day.”
The sisters are about 5 feet 2, Barnes said. But they can hold their own off the tee, displaying length and a feel for the game.
“They manage the game well,” Barnes said. “They were shooting in the 40s [for nine holes] in the ninth grade, and their scores have gradually gone down. This year is a big year for them, trying to get colleges to look at them. They have to keep shooting low.”
Playing college golf is a goal, they say. But not as a threesome.
“I think we all want to go to different colleges,” Arianna said. “Maybe to play against each other.”
But for now, it’s still time to be “the triplets.” A threesome that has taken girls golf at Garner to new heights.
“These girls have come in and helped us build this program,” Barnes said. “I hope [other girls] follow them, because there are so many opportunities out there for girls in sports.”
But Barnes isn’t likely to see three players quite like the Ceyrolles.
“The first year, it was hard for me to figure out who was who,” she said. “But their personalities are so different. I don’t think of them as triplets anymore. As individuals, they are great to coach. They are great kids.
“They are just normal high school kids, except they are triplets and very good at golf.”
A threesome of distinction. In more ways than one.