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Always the competitor

Burroughs golfer Emily Tubert ended her successful high school career on a high note, winning Pacific League and CIF Southern Section championships

August 24, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
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Competing in girls' golf for four years at Burroughs High, Emily Tubert was an important part on every Indian team in which she played.

Although she did participate on teams, the individualistic aspect of the sport didn't hold the same camaraderie as other sports she had played as a youth.

"I did play water polo my freshman year," Tubert said. "But the last few years playing golf was kind of lonely."

So, when Tubert had a chance to compete in another team endeavor, she jumped at the chance.

Despite having already committed to the University of Arkansas, Tubert was willing to risk injury to take part in the annual Burbank-Burroughs Power Puff Football Game.

"I called my coach at Arkansas right before I played the game to see if it was OK to play," said Tubert, who graduated in May. "She said it was OK and that I could go ahead and do it."

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Being a competitor, Tubert tackled the opportunity head on. She even separated her shoulder during practice in preparation for the game.

"When I went down, everyone was shocked," she said. "They thought that my career was in big trouble. But the shoulder popped right back in and I was ready to keep going."

Tubert served as quarterback for Burroughs, even throwing two touchdown passes to lead the Indians to victory.

"That was just a great experience for me." Tubert said. "I'm really glad that I chose to play in the game. The whole team aspect was awesome, and I was able to connect with some of my friends."

It is that competitive spirit that made Tubert a success at Burroughs. During her senior season she not only won a Pacific League individual championship, but she also captured a CIF Southern Section individual title.

It is because of that success that Tubert has been named the 2009-10 Burbank Leader Female Athlete of the Year.

Since breaking onto the area high school golf scene four years ago, Tubert has continued to improve her game. She was able to advance to postseason play in all four of her seasons with the Indians.

As a junior, Tubert won the Pacific League championship by a whopping 12 strokes. In addition, she was named a Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Assn.

In October, she defended her Pacific League championship by winning the league tournament, firing a two-day total of 150 to finish seven strokes ahead of Mya Maw of Arcadia.

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