|Powers takes another step (7-19-13)|
|Written by JACK CARLE/Sentinel Sports Editor|
|Friday, 19 July 2013 09:08|
SYLVANIA - This week Caroline Powers is taking another step in living out a dream of becoming a professional golfer.
Powers, a graduate of Bowling Green High School and Michigan State, is playing in her fourth professional tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
She shot a 74 Thursday and begins second-round play today at 1:55 p.m.
''I still have to pinch myself that this is really happening,'' said Buddy Powers, Caroline's father, who is currently an assistant hockey coach at Boston University. He is a former head hockey coach at Bowling Green State University. ''We're all parents and to have one of your children be able to be out there and try to do this on this stage, it just doesn't happen to very many kids, no matter what the sport. Not too many kids get the experience of trying to be a pro athlete. It's a special thing.
''We've been talking about this for probably three years,'' Buddy continued. ''She kept playing well in college and playing well in tournaments against other players of a high caliber and you're thinking, 'maybe she could do this.''
Buddy Powers has had players he coached go on to play at the next level and ''you feel so great for them, and now it's your own daughter; it's just a special, special feeling.''
"I just want her to be happy and if this is what she wants to do, I would love for her to do it; whatever makes her happy,'' said Lindy Powers, Caroline's mother.
FANS: While the gallery following Caroline Powers won't rival those fans watching the top LPGA pros at the Marathon Classic, Powers noticed a lot of familiar faces Thursday along the ropes at Highland Meadows.
''There were tons of them,'' Caroline said, about friends and family following her through the steamy conditions. ''It's awesome, just to see everyone ... I haven't seen a lot of them for a while since I've been gone at school. It was really exciting.''
Lindy Powers was among those who watched every shot.
''It's very exciting playing in front of your home crowd, where she grew up in the area here,'' Lindy Powers said.
Buddy Powers was also pleased with the support for his daughter.
''Bowling Green, let's face it, it pretty much became our home,'' Buddy Powers said. ''We were there for a long time and Lindy's family is from Northwest Ohio. I certainly feel roots here.
''I was excited to see a lot of guys, who I had no idea were going to be here, when we went off the first tee,'' he continued. ''It was fun, and that's what's typical of Northwest Ohio.''
MENTORS: Both Nick Myers, Caroline's cousin, who is the head professional at Highland Meadows and another cousin, Emily Bastel, who played on the LPGA tour, have been mentors for Caroline. Emily Bastel is now the head women's golf coach at the University of Florida.
CADDY: Lorne Don, who was an assistant coach at Michigan State during Powers' four years with the Spartans, is her caddy this week.
''I was just happy I could help out in any way I could. It's amazing to see her get a chance to do something that she dreamt of, and I think this is just the beginning for her. I'm glad I could be a small part of it,'' Don said.
NEXT: Both Buddy and Lindy Powers along with Caroline's siblings, John and Barbara, have caddied for her.
The tables will be turned next week when Caroline will caddy for John at the New York State Open at well-known Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.
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