Lakeview’s playful attitude leads to seventh-place finish at state

Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes weren’t with the Lakeview High School girls golf team this weekend at the Ohio State University Gray Course, but that didn’t stop the Bulldogs from having a memorable weekend or mimicking a hit song from the 1980s movie Dirty Dancing.

“Going in it was my goal for them to have fun first and foremost,” Lakeview coach Mike Turco said. “Believe me when I say, they had the time of their lives.

“They were able to overcome a shaky start and come back today much looser than they were and post some nice scores today to take sole possession of seventh place. That was a very neat thing to be able to see them do.”

Lakeview placed seventh at the Division II state tournament finishing with a two-day total of 369-357-726.

Hawken won the team title with a 668, while Dover was second (679).

Kansas Lakota’s Makayla Dull won medalist honors with a 69-73-142.

Lakeview’s Kaylee Neumeister placed 11th with a steady two-day showing of 78-80-158. She tied with Fort Loramie’s Emily Knouff (80-78-158).

“After she shot the 78 yesterday, she didn’t let that in her head,” Turco said. “She didn’t try to press for it today. She struggled a little bit on the back, but she was able to come up with an 80 and place 11th in the state.”

Turco added Neumeister is usually concerned about her teammates’ play. This weekend, and for most of the season, Turco said the Lakeview No. 1 golfer could concentrate on her game.

“Everyone’s got your back. Don’t worry about them,” Turco said. “Just play your game. That seemed to ease her mind. She’s always glad to hear about her teammates. Really, they take the pressure off her immensely. That’s enabled her to bring her game to the next level, I think.”

Ryan Rosenberger improved her game on the back nine after shooting a 45 on Saturday’s front nine – carding a 39. Rosenberger shot a 94 on Friday.

“It not only impressed myself, but other people around her,” Turco said. “Other coaches were coming up to her, saying how impressed they were with her play. Finishing up with an 84, that’s impressive.”

Lakeview has four of its top five returning next season. Will it finish in another state appearance?

“I said, ‘Do you guys want to get back here?’ ” Turco said. “There were all smiles and they said, ‘Absolutely, and we can do it.’ I reiterated to them, absolutely, because we’ll have to do this step-by-step, day-by-day. They have to earn it. It’s not going to be handed to them. They’re going to have some targets on their back with the teams they play.

“I think it’s going to be fun to try to make this run again.”