Southmont freshman Addison Meadows just continues to add to her stellar freshman campaign. After qualifying for the state finals on her way to being named the Journal Review Girls Golfer of the year, Meadows was also awarded the Indiana Golf Foundation’s Junior Tour Player of the Year for her 13-15 age group at the Meridian Country Club in Indianapolis.
She took home the player of the year award for the second time after also winning it in 2019 in the 11-12 age group. The award is determined by tournaments that take place over the summer and early fall and the top points-getter in each age group is awarded with the player of the year award.
Meadows who ended with 122 points after six events edged out Noblesville’s Jordan Adams (118 points) talked about wrapping up what was nothing short of a historic year.
“It’s an incredible honor and to end out my year with that award was pretty cool,” she said. “I felt like those tournaments in the summer helped me prepare for this past year and the success I had. To win it twice in a three year span feels really nice.”
The competition that Meadows was facing featured some of the best young golfers in the state. Girls from high-profile programs such as Westfield, Carmel, and Noblesville were just some of the people that she was going toe-to-toe with.
“The competition is challenging, but that’s what makes it fun,” Meadows said. “I have quite a few friends that I get to play against and I find it really fun to play against this kind of competition because it makes me push myself harder. It also keeps me motivated to always continue to focus on getting better.”
Meadows continually, as proven by these tournaments, plays golf almost year-round. It’s never too early to be looking ahead towards next fall and she believes this award will only help her as she prepares to make another run not only in her summer tournaments, but in a what hopefully results in another trip back to the state finals.
“It’s a good way to end this season and a good start to helping me prepare for next year,” she said. “I’ll really start gearing up for the spring and summer tournaments in January, then that will lead into the high school.”
The main difference between these summer tournaments and what Meadows does during these tournaments is the fact that she’s playing as an individual. While she enjoys the high school season, this allows her to focus on her individual game and gives her a chance to still have success while being more relaxed.
“These tournaments allow me to have some personal fun,” she said. “There’s not a big difference between this and the high school season, but I when I’m playing in the summer I’m doing it for me. I don’t have to worry about my score affecting how my team does and enjoy it a little more.”
At the banquet where Meadows won the award, she also got the chance to watch some individuals get inducted into the Indiana Golf Foundation’s hall of fame. The experience of getting to enjoy that as well as a few other things Meadows said will be something that she remembers for quite awhile.
“To watch everyone be awarded for their accomplishments there was pretty special thing to be able to witness,” she said. “Getting to experience this for a second time was amazing because we had such an amazing time at the event. Being able to be named the player of the year twice now is pretty heart warming and something I’ll remember for a long time.”
Meadows after she gets done competing with the Southmont swim team, will look to ramp up on the course again and try and top what was already a historic freshman year.
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