Natassja Meredith to compete in her 4th state tournament with St. Gregoryby Andy Morales on Oct. 15, 2013, under Sports
Natassja Meredith has been competing at the highest level of golf in Arizona even though many do not know she is only a 16-year-old senior at St. Gregory. Meredith finished in ninth place in the state tournament as a junior, 18th her sophomore year and in fifth her freshman year when she was only 13. With a late-spring birthday, she is almost two years younger than many of her classmates.
There have been a number of golfers do well as freshmen but it is highly doubtful that many have done so well at the state tournament at the age of 13.
Due to her academic abilities, Meredith was moved forward a year in school which has offered her a couple of options next year. “I will have a ‘gap year’ next year,” said Meredith.
“I have a few options and I need to explore possibly taking more classes but I will definitely be working on my golf game.”
Before she graduates, however, Meredith still has another shot at the state tournament, having qualified once more along with teammate, junior Heather Mac Quarrie.
“I need to work on my swing because, when I swing well I score well,” She added. “I think I will do well because the course is short-yardage.”
Meredith is happy with her decision to play for a small school because of all the friendships she has made along the way.
“I know everyone at my school really, really well,” she explained. “It made it hard to be lonely and I have grown close to my team.”
St. Gregory met up with Salpointe and Catalina at the Skyline Country Club on Tuesday. Catalina is building a program under Rosa Lara and they brought two girls, Erricka Sanders and Laxmi Gurung. Lara coached Sunnyside to a girl’s volleyball championship in 1990.
Along with Meredith and Mac Quarrie, Jim Carlson brought along Leah Mann.
Salpointe’s Michele Murphy came with Alexandra Friedman, Andrea Trevino, Clarissa Hanson, Araceli Esquivel and Maddison Davis. Krystal Quihuis is competing at the PING Invitational in Oklahoma.
Salpointe scored a 179 with Hanson coming in a with a 41.
NOTE: Natassja’s father, Mark Meredith, played for the legendary Canyon del Oro basketball coach Dan Huff before moving on to Colorado State and a professional career in Europe. He still owns a couple scoring records at Colorado State.
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