Elise Deschaine, here at the PGA National Golf Club in Florida in July, is a student at Central Catholic High School. (Courtesy Deschaine family)
Elise Deschaine, here at the PGA National Golf Club in Florida in July, is a student at Central Catholic High School. (Courtesy Deschaine family)
One of the region’s best youth golfers is a Buddhist who chose Central Catholic High School because of its high morals and commitment to community service.

Elise Deschaine, 14, is a scratch golfer who plays in national tournaments all over the nation. Next spring, she will travel to hallowed Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia where she will take part in the National Drive, Chip and Putt Competition.

What really drives the Ram first-year student is helping others. At the place where she developed her game, First Tee of Greater Portland, Elise is a mentor for children who want to get into golf. Elise has natural talent, but knows that discipline and mental calm are big parts of the game. She helps youngsters strike the balance.

“Elise knows a lot of golf is played right between your ears,” says her mother, Jasmine Deschaine.

Elise, whose family is Buddhist, attended Atkinson Elementary. She earned straight A’s in middle school and was awarded an honors scholarship to attend Central Catholic. Her record of community service was a big plus for admission officials.

“It’s a very nurturing school,” said Jasmine. “It’s incredible. We are truly blessed.”

Elise said she began golf to have fun and meet friends. It did that and more.

One of her goals was to be able to out-play her dad. Mission accomplished.