Cortland, OH (WYTV)-The Boys and Girls State golf tournaments are set to tee off this week, and once again the Lakeview girls golf team will be heading to Columbus.
“Having been down there last year and them knowing the course is pretty big,” says Mike Turco who is in his 7th year as head coach.
“They are happy they are playing the course, they actually enjoy the course.”
The Bulldogs are returning four starters from last year’s squad that finished 7th in their first ever state tournament appearance, and this year, the team is even better. They won four tournaments this season, compared to just one a year ago.
“They know what is needed, they know that practice here today in the rain is needed. They know that over the weekend they have to golf on their own.” said Turco.
“We each put in our own time, and we put hours into this sport and it has paid off,” says Junior Kaylee Neumeister.
Lakeview is led by Neumeister. The Junior shoots 37 on average per 9 holes, but she’s not your everyday high school golfer.
“I was diagnosed with brain cancer when I was 10-years-old.”
She was an avid basketball and softball player, but doctors said that her days of playing contact sports were over. So Neumeister focused on her health for a little more than a year, but her competitive nature got the best of her.
“I could not stand not playing a sport, so one day I just picked up a golf club and never looked back,” says Neumeister.
“If you think of golf, its an old people sport but for me, I definitely put my heart out there when I play because of my past and I have learned that I can overcome anything.”
Kaylee carries a constant reminder right in her scorecard. A picture of herself, battling cancer, to remind her that no matter how deep the rough might be, she has dealt with rougher days.
“I have seen girls get hung up shot after shot and you just can not do that in this game,” said Neumeister.
“I have the greatest support I could ever ask for in a high school golf team and I could not have asked for a better golf team to be behind me in this tournament.”
The Bulldogs head to Columbus Wednesday before playing a practice round Thursday, and then open tournament play Friday against Dayton Chaminade Julienne and Huron.