Winning habit won’t end for Kristen Gillman

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Lake Travis golfer Kristen Gillman won the North and South Amatuer Championship this week. It is a big deal, but almost expected. Gillman has made it a habit of winning championships. A habit she plans to continue in college.

Championships are a challenge. At least they should be. But for Lake Travis golfer Kristen Gillman, the championships just seem to follow.

“She doesn’t win all the time but she does win her fair share. It’s pretty neat to see it. It kind of spoils us because we kind of expect her to play great,” Gillman’s parents, Mark and Laura, said.

Great may be a disservice from mom and dad. Gillman’s trophy case needs more space. A couple state championships, a US Amatuer championship and bragging rights over one of the best in the world, beating Jordan Spieth in a closest to the pin competition at his own junior event.

I got a lot of compliments and comments about it. “Oh, great shot. It was so cool you beat Jordan” He kind of brushed it off I think. I didn’t think he wanted to think someone beat him,” Gillman said.

“I knew fairly young she was going to be good but not this good this is way better than I thought a girl could even play golf,” Gillman’s parents said.

Sprinkled amongst Gillman’s trophies and awarded head covers are double digit junior championships including Austin’s Jordan Spieth tournament. Her final junior event before heading to the University of Alabama.

“Pretty bittersweet. I’m sad it’s my last tournament, junior event but I’m really excited for college. I’m ready for that next step. Hopefully we can win some tournaments and national championships there,” Gillman said.

The Crimson Tide should be in good shape for a championship. Given Gillman’s track record. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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