January 21, 2012

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By JULIE WILLIAMS
Golfweek.com

ORLANDO, Fla. -- There is a familiar storyline at play this season for Northern Colorado.

At the forefront of the program are sisters Carleigh and Chelsea Silvers, a duo from Martinsville, Ind., that head coach Brandon White says challenge each other constantly to the benefit of both players as well as the team.

But there's more.

"It's always an interesting dynamic when you have sisters," White explained. "The Silvers are the fourth set of sisters that have played on our golf team in the last six years."

As White knows, a little extra competition never hurts. During the fall season, Carleigh break out as the dominant Silvers sister - the highlight of her season was a third-place finish at the Santa Clara Colby Invitational. Chelsea has just as much talent, White says, but sometimes lacks the confidence of her sister. In Chelsea's final season at Northern Colorado, White hopes to see her play to her full potential.

"They kind of thrive off each other's success," he said. "When Carleigh started playing better, Chelsea started playing better."

On paper, Northern Colorado is loaded with talent and experience. In its fourth year as a member of the Big Sky Conference, earning the automatic qualifying spot into NCAA Regionals would be a huge accomplishment. The Bears finished a program-best third last year, up from sixth in its Big Sky debut.

With four seniors and two juniors in the lineup, this year might be Northern Colorado's best chance yet.

"You always want to be playing your best golf at that time of year, the conference championship," White said. "I'm not sure how we've done it but we've done a real good job of doing it."

Click over to Golfweek.com to read the rest of its 2012 Big Sky Conference preview