Lakeview overcome jitters to finish seventh in Day 1

All season long, the Lakeview girls golf team has been goal oriented. And through the year, they have accomplished every one of those goals – including making the state tournament.

After the first day of the Division II Girls State Golf Tournament, the Bulldogs are in seventh place with a team score of 369.

“We set the goal for sixth place, so we have that in mind,” Lakeview coach Mike Turco said. “Right now, we are tied with Edison at 369. Beaumont is at 367, that’s sixth place right now, and that is their goal. Tipp City Tippecanoe had a 353 (fifth place), is that in reach? Maybe. It all depends on how they golf and how the rest of the field plays.”

At the end of the first day, Dayton Chaminade Julienne leads the field with a 334. Hawken is in second with a 339 and Huron is in the third spot with a 350. Tied with Huron is Dover.

The leading individual golfer for the tournament is Makayla Dull of Kansas Lakota. She registered a 69 for the day.

The biggest obstacle for the Bulldogs at the beginning of the tournament was jitters. The team, which until yesterday had never played at the Gray Course at The Ohio State University, got off to a rough start on the back nine. No. 1 golfer Kaylee Neumeister began Friday with a double bogey and a bogey. However, she was able to get back on her game, strung together six pars, and finished the day with a 78. Her score is tied for 12th individually.

“She started out a little rough,” Turco said. “She’s a sophomore, so for her to come out here to this level of play, and to achieve a score in the 70s on this kind of stage is absolutely incredible.”

Like the regular season, the top four scores out of the five golfers are taken for the team score. Junior Ryan Rosenberger shot a 92, sophomore Ashley Frasca registered a 94 and sophomore Taylor Horn recorded a 105. Alyssa Lang, the lone senior on the team, was the fifth golfer with a 109.

While Turco was happy with the way the team finished, he acknowledged that all of the golfers had to shake off the nervousness before their real golf games came to the surface.

“It was great, it was really good,” Turco said. “They got to the tee, announced their names. It was really a lot of fun, but definitely some jitters.”

The Bulldogs begin their second day of play at 9 a.m. today on the front nine of the Gray Course. Turco said the jitters will likely be gone when today’s final round tees off, and he’s excited to see how the girls respond now having a day of experience under their belts.

“I asked them at dinner tonight, we were talking about tomorrow, and I asked, ‘Are we over the jitters?'” he said. “They said, ‘Absolutely. The jitters are gone.’

“They expect a lot from themselves, and they expect to come out and play better. I kind of enjoyed having them play the most difficult side first today. Today they start on the front side that’s more scoreable. They feel that today if they can post nice scores on the front, that will translate to better scores on the back nine. They are very goal oriented, they have been all season. They know what they want to achieve.”