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Edison's Butler siblings continue golf success

By DON HOHLER • Oct 27, 2019 at 4:38 PM

MILAN — The Butler sisters either excelled or are excelling in golf at Tusculum University in Tennessee, just like they did at Edison High School.

And if golf is going to be their career goal, the older two are off and running as employees at the Northern Ohio PGA Section office.

“It is an amazing story,” said Sandusky native and PGA rules interpreter Al Karras.”To have the oldest of three sisters employed by the PGA Section year around, and to have her younger sister join her this past summer, is truly rare.

“And then to have a third sister also eying golf after college, makes it even harder to believe,” he added. “Not only are they talented as far as playing the sport, but it is obvious their intentions are to make the sport their careers.”

Lyndsay, 24, was the first of the sisters to tee it up for Lisa Kelble at Edison. She lettered four years and graduated in 2013. She accepted a scholarship at the NCAA Division II Tennessee school located in Greenville and played nine of the program’s 10 matches as a freshman.

Upon graduation and with four letters, she left with a degree in Sports Management.

Following her graduation, she was offered a graduate assistant position at the school, working with both the men’s and women’s programs. During that period, she obtained her Masters degree.

Her work with those programs aided her in receiving summer employment and in receiving a USGA P.J. Boatwright scholarship. She interned with the Northern Ohio Golf Association in North Olmsted.

At the end of the summer, she was offered a full-time position with the NOPGA. Her jobs include handling the handicaps for all of the clubs in the section and also assisting in running section events.

Mackenzie, 21, was a senior on the Edison golf team when they won the state tournament in the fall of 2016. She followed her sister to Tusculum in the fall of 2017 and is also working toward a Sports Management degree.

Also on a golf scholarship and now a junior, she also played as a freshman in 18 of the school’s 20 matches. She had tournament rounds as low as 83. As a sophomore, she averages 84.6 strokes per round. As a junior, she has played in two tournaments, showing scores as low as 77 in the King Invitational, which included a hole-in-one.

Mackenzie was also offered a Boatwright scholarship and also worked last summer in the NOPGA office. She was an academic All-American as a freshman and this past year she was recognized by the collegiate Div. II Athletic Directors Association as an Academic Achievement award winner.

Jacqueline, 19, is the third daughter of Bob, the elementary school principal at Monroeville, and wife, Sarah, to head for Tennessee on scholarship after lettering four years at Edison. She played 10 of the 23 collegiate rounds as a freshman, averaging 88.3 and a low round of 81.

She is presently nursing a back injury, so her golf as a sophomore has been limited.

Her career goal is to follow in the footsteps of her oldest sister, working for the PGA, perhaps in the field of physical therapy for golfers.

There is a fourth sister who would also appear to be in the pipeline for Tusculum. She is 13-year-old Madison, an eighth-grade student at Edison who was a manager on the high school team this past fall. She is already being analyzed by the swing coach at Mallard Creek Golf Club.

Edison golf coach Lisa Kelble had all three sisters and said they were all critical to the golf programs long-term success.

“Mackenzie was a senior and Jackie a junior on the state championship team,” she said. “They were keys to our success just as Lyndsay was the four years she played for me.”

Kelble, who has coached the team every year but one since 2000, chose the word “determined” as the girls’ biggest attribute.

“They were blessings to the team,” she said. “And I think that attribute was instilled in them by their parents. I saw Bob and Sarah as the driving force. The two of them followed their daughters religiously. When they saw flaws, they told them, and the result was they worked to solve the problem.”

While the two older sisters worked for the PGA Section this past summer, Jackie worked in the Plum Brook Country Club pro shop. She often showed up at Edison practices offering to help out.

“No question golf is their life,” Kelble said.

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