Since the age of four, Cameron Lemon has been walking the fairways of golf courses all around the Gull Lake area. Now, he enters his final season as a high school golfer and is looking to make some noise before he continues his golfing career at Olivet College.
“I’m really excited for this season,” Lemon said. “I think we’re going to have a really great team, and I’m looking forward to bettering my game for the betterment of the team and for my future at Olivet.”
Lemon learned the game from his father, always being taught that golf was a game of patience and composure.
“My dad was always the one teaching me,” Lemon said. “I also attended the First Tee program for a couple years, but my dad was always the one to make sure I was doing everything right.”
Although his dad has always been there to teach him the game, Lemon attributes his success to the hard work and time he has put into it.
“My dad’s always been there, but I don’t really have someone who was an inspiration to me,” Lemon said. “I’ve always wanted to have my success based on my personal drive to be great and done with my own work.”
Lemon wasn’t always sure that he wanted to play in college, however. Being around the game more and more grew his interest and ultimately led to his decision that he wanted to advance his talents to the next level.
“I didn’t always know I wanted to play in college,” Lemon said. “I started seeing Olivet play at Bedford Valley Golf Course, where I work. I was around it so much, and I started talking to the coach whenever I could, and it really just made me realize that I did want to play in college.”
Not focused on comparing himself to others, Lemon has always focused on being the best player he could be.
“When I started playing in high school, I just wanted to be the best player I could be,” Lemon said. “I didn’t want to focus on necessarily being better than everyone else–just being as good as I could possibly be. At the end of the day I want to do everything I can, and hopefully I won’t have a high score.”
Being able to continue an athletic career in college requires dedication and many athletes need some sort of incentive to constantly keep up that grind.
“What motivates me to continue to work hard is knowing that I have four more years to play,” Lemon said. “The competition only gets better from here on out, and I know I have to work incredibly hard to get better every single day.”
Lemon said he’s working towards having his best year yet and hoping for a state-finals appearance.