Ashely Davidson vividly recalls the most recent time her family comprised a golf foursome.
“It was October 2011 at Port Royal Golf Course (in Bermuda), and I played terrible. I do remember that,” said Davidson, 34, elder of Ted and Cindy Bishop’s two daughters. “It’s probably a comical round to watch, to be sure, because we’re so competitive.
“But it’s all in good fun. When it’s over, it’s over.”
Golf has played a major and ongoing role in the Bishop family. Vacations have been planned around it. Birthday celebrations and other family functions have been missed because of it. All four draw paychecks as a result of it.
Ted plays. Cindy, too. Ashely and sister, Ambry, 30, were outstanding players at Franklin Community High School, the Grizzly Cubs advancing to five consecutive IHSAA Girls Golf State Finals from 1995-99, a stretch in which at least one Bishop was playing. Cindy Bishop coached the program from 1993 (Ashely’s freshman season) to 1999 (Ambry’s senior season).
To the daughters in particular, golf always has been part of the family’s collective backbone.
“I started playing competitively around the age of 8. We grew up in Linton, Indiana, and moved to Franklin in 1992 when I was in fourth grade. In the summer months with my dad so busy, it was a way to go see him,” said Ambry Bishop, now in her ninth season as women’s golf coach at St. John’s University in New York City.