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Two months ago, Meghan Theiss’s life was fairly ordinary. Months removed from taking the final swing of her prep golf career, Theiss, like many other graduating seniors, was preparing for life beyond high school. That is, until the Kentucky Junior PGA Championship got in the way.
With one last shot at the event, Theiss made her chance count this time, parlaying a strong showing in the tournament’s opening round into a three stroke win at 3 over par.
Still, despite the pressure, for her, the mindset was just to compete like anything else.
“I try to take every tournament as if it’s just a round of golf,” she said. “I try not to go into tournaments thinking, ‘Oh, I have to win this’. After the first day, I felt pretty confident with my game and felt confident with where I was. I was only one back from the lead, which is a good spot to be in. I just went out the second day and played my game.”
As a result, she’ll get to prolong her prep career by least one more day. That, in addition to getting to represent her school and state one more time, is special.
“I’m very, very honored to be in this spot,” she said. “I get to go to this tournament and be the one representing Kentucky at the Junior PGA so it’s a great honor and I’m very excited to represent my hometown. It couldn’t have been better timing than to be just after my senior year before I go to college. This was my last time getting to try and I made it so it’s just a great feeling.”
From here, she’ll travel to Fort Wayne, Ind where she’ll compete in the 37th Junior PGA Championship from July 31 to Aug. 3 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.
In the fall, Theiss will start her freshman year at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla.
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