Teeing away from mothers

Senior golfers play final season with parent coaches


Girl’s golf team poses for 2014-2015 season picture.

Kelsey Hogan, Web Journalist

A mother daughter relationship is different on the course then a mother daughter relationship off the course.

“My mom being my golf coach is different than my mom at home,” said senior Allie Lefere. “I respect my mom on and off the course regardless if she’s my coach or not.”

Being the mother of a player on the team may also cause stress to an individual. The struggle is having to balance the differences between when to be a coach and when to be a parent. A player may not take their coaches instruction because it is also their parent.

“Emalee doesn’t always take instruction from me since I am her mother,” said girls’ golf coach, Mrs. Cantlin. “Mrs. Lefere and I have joked about switching coach roles for our daughters because it would be a lot easier considering they don’t always listen to their mother.”

Most teens do not always see their parent all the time because of school and after school activities. Being a coach automatically, Mrs. Lefere and Mrs. Cantlin were able to see their daughters more. They were not only able to see them more, but it has also brought mothers and daughters together.

“It was different seeing Emalee outside the house and interacting with her friends,” said Mr s. Cantlin. “It was nice to actually see her everyday and spend more time with her.”

Emalee Cantlin and Allie Lefere are both senior of this 2014-2015 school year. The girls will both graduate and no longer play golf for northwest. Cantlin and Lefere plan on coaching the girls’ golf team still.

“I will really miss Allie being part of the team,” said girls’ golf coach Mrs. Lefere. “I’ll miss seeing her everyday and being a part of her daily life, but mostly I’ll miss seeing her beautiful smile of all.”