Double trouble and double blessed

Double trouble and double blessed
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Dangerous duo returns high school to state tournament in golf

By Darren DeLaune/Reporter

GLENPOOL, Oklahoma — Picture this moment. Playing at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association high school golf state tournament when you see Muscogee (Creek) citizen Brandon Aikins tee off to start his playing.

Not long after there is another person who looks exactly like Brandon getting ready to start his playing too. That would be his twin brother and MCN citizen Brian Aikins.

Both of the brothers said that they were introduced to golf by their father, who shares the same name with Brian.

“We were very young when we picked up a golf club,” Brandon said. “I am thinking two or three-years-old.”

“We started playing it for fun,” Brian said. “It wasn’t until we were 12 [years-old] that we started taking the sport seriously.”

Their love for the sport has seemed to pay off for the twins. This past golf season, both boys made it to the state golf tournament.

Both go to school at Glenpool High School in Glenpool, Okla. and were the only players to make the tournament.

“Glenpool hasn’t had that in awhile, which made it better for my brother and I,” Brandon said.

Both Brandon and Brian said they had a rough start to the golf season.

“Going into the season, I had a broken wrist,” Brian said. “Later on into the season was when I hit my stride before the state tournament.”

Brandon shared his brother’s sentiments.

“I had a few bad starts to the season, too,” he said. “I put it all together and started playing well and made it to state.”

The twins thought they did not play their best at the state tournament but both were very happy for the experience.

“A freshmen making it to state, not much more you can wish for,” Brian said.

Another thing that made it special for Brian doing great in golf is that he deals with cerebral palsy.

CP is a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination and/or other disabilities, typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth.

For Brian, it is the left side of his body that deals with the CP.

Their mother, Crystal said that Brian was diagnosed when he was 18 months old.

“It took him awhile to walk and he didn’t get up to crawl like normal, he would army crawl,” she said. “We got him diagnosed and from there we started [physical and occupational] therapy.”

Their parents both said that Brian has come a long way from barely being able to use his hand to what he can do now.

“He can play basketball and golf,” Crystal said. “Brandon helps him when wants to but they bully each other, they are brothers.”

Another goal for them was to make the basketball team for their high school, which both boys were able to do.

“We don’t hold them back,” their father Brian said. “We know they can do the workouts and they know they can do it. They push themselves to improve.”

Crystal said the boys have put in the work to get the acheivements.

“They put in the hours,” she said. “They put up their free time to get more practice time. They surpassed goal after goal and they keep making more goals to beat.”

Although the state tournament did not end up the way the twins wanted it to be, they sent out a reminder to their opponents.

“Our goal is to be there every year and win it [state],” Brian said.

Brandon said they would keep practicing and do what they can to get better at the sport.

“We both know what it takes,” he said. “We are going to do everything we can to get better.”

When asked who is the better player of the two, it was the only time the twins had differing opinions.

“I am the better one,” Brandon said.

“He is number two, I am better than him,” Brian said.

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