Lakeview hosts inaugural Bulldog Invitational

CORTLAND – The Lakeview girls golf team got a chance to sample some local teams in a tournament on Friday. The Bulldogs hosted Beaver Local, Boardman, Canfield and Geneva at Tamer Win Golf and Country Club.

The Beavers, Spartans and Cardinals have been fairly common, close teams. Even the Eagles, who come from nearly an hour away in northern Ashtabula County, have forged a lasting relationship with Lakeview – one that’s actually quite strong.

Geneva won the tournament with a team score of 355. The Lakeview A team placed second with a 362.

“We scored very well,” Bulldogs coach Mike Turco said. “It’s our home course and that back nine is still very tough to navigate, but they came up to the task very well. I’m very pleased with the way we played and I know the girls are, too.”

Geneva and Lakeview have squared off two other times this season. The Bulldogs won the Southeast Invitational at Olde Dutch Mill as the Eagles came in third. Lakeview also won a dual match at home by five strokes.

On Friday, sophomore Kaylee Neumeister placed third overall and led the Bulldogs with a 76 – four strokes better than a tournament at Tamer Win to open the season.

“She started off with back-to-back bogeys,” Turco said. “Then she really turned things on shortly after that. She’s actually very happy with how she played.”

In that first tournament, Neumeister placed first with an 80. She hasn’t really changed her approach since then, because she’s already so familiar with Tamer Win.

“Nothing real specific,” Turco said of her adjustments. “She’s just gotten better as the season has gone on. She’s so dedicated to the game that she’s constantly doing something – everything to make herself better.”

Neumeister has become good friends with another top golfer in the region – Boardman’s Jacinta Pikunas. The freshman was Friday’s medalist with a 74.

Boardman placed third with a 376 and Canfield was fourth with a 378.

The Lakeview B team (consisting of Natalie Holko, Sami Hrusovsky, Hanna Pakkala and Molly McAllister) placed sixth with a score of 474.

For the Lakeview A team, Ryan Rosenberger had an 88, Taylor Horn had a 98 and Ashley Frasca had a 100.

Geneva’s Danielle Nicholson placed second overall with a 76.