Coaches and golfers know that one stroke can make the difference for an individual or a team in the results of a golf match or tournament.
That was the scenario during the Pirate Invitational at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course on Wednesday.
The results couldn't have been closer for the best golfers in the nine-team tournament hosted by the Southeast High School varsity girls golf team.
In the end, the Lakeview Bulldogs managed to score a 351 team total to win by one stroke over the host Lady Pirates.
Geneva's Danielle Nicholson carded an even-par 72 on her way to medalist honors over Kaylee Neumeister of Lakeview who finished her round with a 1-over 73.
Lakeview was on fire.
The Bulldogs had two scores in the 70s, with Neumeister's 73 and Ryan Rosenberger's 78.
Thanks to a solid score from Ashley Frasca (89), Lakeview pushed back the host team by one stroke.
The Pirates were enjoying success on their home course as well.
Macie Hysell scored a 78 -- her career-low score for an 18-hole round.
Miah Brawley almost broke 40 for the first time on the front nine and added a 43 on the back nine for her low 18-hole round, an 83.
Hannah Pennington's 96 and Jenna Fesemyer's 95 gave the Pirates a 352 -- good for a seven-stroke cushion over third-place Geneva.
Most of the girls knew that Nicholson of Geneva would be tough to beat.
Nicholson, a junior, won the OHSAA Division I state championship her freshman year and finished ninth in the state in 2012.
Competing in summer tournaments, Nicholson just seems to get better each year.
Her effort on Olde Dutch Mill was just what was expected: An even-par round of 72.
Lakeview's Neumeister and Rosenberger and Southeast's Hysell were all capable of catching the medalist, but in the end Nicholson's solid play earned her the top honors.
Hysell was only one stroke behind Nicholson when the two made the turn, but dropped back a couple strokes on the back nine.
"My putting saved me today," said Hysell.
Tied for third place, Hysell lost a scorecard playoff on the first handicap hole to Rosenberger.
First-year Southeast head coach Cindy Fesemyer said she was pleased with her team's effort.
"It's nerve-wracking waiting for everyone to turn in their scores," said Fesemyer who has seen her team improve in the early matches this summer.
Southeast is currently 5-0 in matches this season in the Greater Akron Girls Golf League.
In the tournament, they beat league competitors Norton and Springfield.