As a senior, Hinsdale Central golfer Cailee Beisswanger took on an increased leadership role as a team captain. Beisswanger also led her team on the course. After helping her team earn fourth place at the state tournament last season and tying for 66th place individually, the senior shot an 81 in the second round this year, tying for 20th place individually. The Red Devils placed third as a team this season.
Name: Cailee Beisswanger
Age/year in school: 17/Senior
Hometown: Oak Brook
How long have you played golf? Five years.
What do you love most about golf?
Being able to go outside and be active, but also seeing my hard work pay off.
What are your goals for this season? How will you achieve them?
Some of my goals for this season [were] to become a captain, demonstrate good leadership, improve my game, and make it to State! I believe I accomplished all of these goals and I feel I was a positive role model and leader for the underclassman. Our team has worked extremely hard to make it to State and I am extremely proud of them. We all have practiced hard, put in many hours, and we all have seen some form of improvement throughout the season. I am very proud of our accomplishments.
What is your biggest challenge this season?
It has been hard to push thoughts out my head and only focus on the next shot. Also, it has been challenging to keep up with school work because I am really devoted to golf and I want to do good during the season. We have missed several days of school, but I am working through it and everything will turn out alright!
Do you have any rituals or superstitions when you play?
When I play, most often the last thing I think about, or look at, is where the ball goes or how the shot will come out. Other than that I don’t really have any superstitions, and try to always think positive.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My family has been very supportive of my golf endeavors and will continue to be there for me. Even when I have a bad round, they comfort me and remind me there’s always tomorrow. Also, my golf instructor Jeff has been there for me the whole time and constantly makes time for me. I appreciate all the time and effort he puts in to helping me improve.
What is your favorite sports memory?
Winning the Optimist in 2010 and getting to go and play in an International tournament at the PGA National Resort in West Palm Beach, Fl. I won that tournament my first year playing competitively and was so proud of myself. For years I have watched my brother play in this tournament, but now it was my chance to show everyone my talent. Also, this year I took second at that same qualifier, but I was still able to go down and to Florida and compete. Even though I may not have done my best, I had so much fun and met awesome people. Those experiences and memories will last a lifetime.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Jason Dufner [American professional golfer] because he shows no emotion. I like how his swing is not as common compared to the other professionals. He also does a lot of volunteer work and works with children.
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside golf?
I love to snow ski, ride my wave runner and fish. I also love to relax.
Favorite quote or words to live by:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” – Les Brown
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