While many four-year-olds wake up on Sundays to watch cartoons and hang out on the couch, Julia Misemer was being hauled to the golf course by her dad for practice.
By the age of six, Misemer was traveling as far as Oklahoma every Sunday to play in golf tournaments in order to hone in her skills.
Now a senior at Blue Valley West High School, those years of practice have paid off in a big way.
Misemer recently secured her fourth straight Kansas state golf title with a four-stroke win at October’s Kansas Class 6A Girls Golf Tournament.
She is only the second four-time high school state champion in Kansas history.
“It was more than amazing,” Misemer said. “More incredible of a feeling than any of the past four years combined.”
Misemer said though she loved four-peating, her greatest accomplishment from this year’s golf season was the BV West golf team also taking home first place as a squad.
“I just loved having my team all feel like we were contributing and doing something for our school,” Misemer said. “We were a team where everyone went above and beyond this year.”
As Misemer prepares to graduate in the spring, she said she is looking forward to having more of that team aspect in her college golf career.
She has elected to play golf at the University of Arizona after receiving several scholarship offers from schools across the country.
Without the support her dad, Todd Misemer, the young golfer says she would not be where she is today with her accomplishments.
“My dad is my biggest inspiration in my life,” Misemer said. “He’s just done so much for me financially and physically.”
Todd Misemer started the U.S. Kids Golf Kansas City Tour when Julia was eight years old as a way to give her and other kids in the Kansas City metro more opportunities to play golf and hone their skills locally.
Even after Julia aged out of the event, she said her dad has continued to keep the tour going in order to inspire more young people to get involved in golf.
The kids that show up to the tournament each year are another reason Misemer says she continues to push to always work harder at her sport.
“I want to do my best to inspire [the kids] to do better,” Misemer said.