Bob Huelsman
Bob Huelsman

Bob Huelsman is a former high school teacher, coach and administrator, serving for more than three decades at Covington High School, in Miami County. In his 13 years as head basketball coach at Covington, Huelsman won 228 games and five times guided the Buccaneers to the regional round of the state tournament. Currently, he serves as the associate athletic director at Newton High School, and treasurer for the Southwest District Athletic Board. A former member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association Board of Control, Huelsman’s broad background in athletic administration has won the respect of his peers statewide.

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For former Newton star Kyler Booher, stardom in one sport wasn’t enough.  His real goal is yet to be fulfilled as he pursues what he hopes to be a professional future in golf.

Many of us sat in front of our TV and watched The Walt Disney Show on Sunday evenings when we were young.  Their representative song, “When You Wish upon a Star” would play, and for a second or two our mind would wonder, but would quickly turn to the show at hand, whether it was Pinocchio or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Oh, to go back to those days and have our entire life ahead of us.  To really listen and understand what those words in the song mean.  To be able to live our lives and pursue our dreams and actually have them come true!

Let’s take Kyler Booher, son of Kent and Amy Booher and the all-time leading basketball scorer at Newton High School.  Kyler went on to play four years of basketball at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC, but during his senior year, like many of us do, he started dreaming about what direction he wanted his future to take.

Golf was always a huge passion in Kyler’s life, enjoying it as much as basketball, if not more.  It just so happened that his focus in high school was basketball, not realizing what was out there in the world of golf.

As chance would have it, Kyler got to play in some college golf tournaments at North Greenville and his passion for golf really began to take over.  He now knew that he wanted to pursue a career in golf.

As Kyler says, “This is something I really want to do and totally believe that I am capable of playing professional golf.  However, I also know that the process is going to be a long one and that my goals are not going to happen overnight.”

Kyler left for southern California in the late fall to live with his uncle and his family in La Quinta.  It just so happens that his uncle is a Lead Master Instructor at the Jim McLean Golf School at PGA West (where the Qualifying Tournament for the PGA Tour was held just a couple weeks ago).

Jim McLean Golf Schools are ranked #1 worldwide, and Jim McLean is currently the #3 instructor behind Butch Harmon and David Leadbetter.  After Christmas, Kyler will be an assistant at the school, so he can earn a little money and still have time to work on his game.

Starting in January or February, Kyler hopes to begin playing in some mini-tour events on the Golden State Tour in southern California. This will be Kyler’s first step in following his dream.

Kyler’s routine consists of 3-4 hours of practice per day and then playing 9 or 18 holes of golf.  He states that having “access to the resort courses at PGA West has been good”, even though he sometimes has to wait until the afternoon hours to get in his round.

Scoring well is important, and the way Kyler puts it, he is averaging in the mid to high 70’s.  He acknowledges he has to break par consistently if he stands any chance of making it as a touring pro.

Eventually, he will be working on getting certified by the Jim McLean system so he can give lessons for the school from time to time.  During the next few years, Kyler is planning to play mini tour events and hopefully build some type of playing resume’.

Kyler played in amateur events over this past summer, “none of which went terribly well”, according to Kyler.  But he says the point in going out to California was to re-tool his swing. “This is an ongoing process of reshaping my swing and will dictate any success that I could potentially have.”

For those golfers out there who care, Kyler plays with a Cobra S3 Driver (8.5 degrees), 75 gram X-stiff shaft (swing speed at 120 mph), Cobra S3 3-wood, S3 17 degree hybrid, 3-PW Cobra pro irons with Dynamic Gold X-100 shafts, 54 degree Titleist Vokey wedge, 60 degree Titleist Volkey wedge, and a Cleveland Classic half moon putter.

To Kyler, I say, read the words to the song over and over:  When you wish upon a star—makes no difference who you are—anything your heart desires will come true—if your heart is in your dream—no request is too extreme—when you wish upon a star—as dreamers do….like a bolt out of the blue—fate steps in and sees you through.


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