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Why I Felt Like a Proud Mom on Cover Shoot Day

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You know what I love most about attending our cover shoots? It’s not necessarily getting behind the scenes to stage the perfect picture (although that is absolutely what we strive for and a ton of fun). It’s having complete confidence that this story is The Chosen One. The one we hope makes a good first impression. The one we feel our readers will give pause to and say, “Wow!” Each cover story is carefully selected with the hopes of bringing pride and awareness of the greatness bubbling up all over Seminole County.


You see, at Lake Mary Life, selecting the cover story for each issue isn’t an executive decision. It’s an ongoing – and sometimes heated – discussion among our staff. We take it extremely seriously because we want our readers to be floored.


Young golf prodigy, Karoline Tuttle, was a no-brainer. She had us floored one powerful stroke after the next. I never anticipated having a proud mom moment tossed into the mix – until I stepped foot on set at Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes.


Get this. Karoline is just thirteen and recently won every event in this year’s U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. You heard me. Every. Event. No one has ever won all five awards.


One year ago, she tied for 14th place in the same tournament and vowed to do better next time. Coming home this year with a five-streak win just seems like showing off! But all jokes aside, this sweet and petite girl is ambitious and driven and we are so proud that she is a Lake Mary native.


On cover shoot day, seeing Karoline and her mom Nikki pull out her box full of trophies made me feel part of the proud mom experience. What an amazing register of accomplishments Karoline has amassed at such a young age. Her glistening trophies reminded me of my own collection of trophies, well, my single but hard-earned 5K medal hanging on a wall in my bedroom. I’ll get up to speed with you Karoline, one day!


Sometimes, choosing a cover story can be a tough decision, but other times it’s very clear which story is The Chosen One. And this talented Karoline Tuttle was it.

Read her story “Green Sweep” on page 32.

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