Competition turns to friendship- How two golf teams bonded over tragedy

Cassie Bukaty poses with her new golf clubs

Earlier this year, East Syracuse Minoa golfer Cassie Bukaty's family home was ravaged by a fire.

The family lost just about everything.

Cassie's mind certainly wasn't on golf at that point, but, when her coach asked her if she was going to play this season the reality set in that she didn't have clubs. They were lost in the blaze.

This is where a rival golf team comes in.

The girls golf team at Christian Brothers Academy heard the news and immediately acted. The girls on the team began raising money and before long, with the help of Ithaca Country Club's Martha Wells and the King Cobra golf company, money was raised to buy Cassie a new set of clubs.

Cassie's new clubs are King Cobras and have a purple accent to them, in honor of CBA's fundraising efforts.

Last week, ES-M played CBA at Drumlins, so for the first time the CBA girls met the girl they helped and vice versa. It was a chance for Cassie to say "Thank you" and for the CBA girls to say "You're Welcome".

Bukaty though is paying it forward, she will donate the clubs back after this season so that another girl who needs clubs won't be left out of playing the sport they love.