In the first tournament of the season, Connery Meyer finished 1-under par in the Cobb County Invitational and helped Mount Paran Christian win the team title by 20 strokes.
Less than a week later, Gov. Brian Kemp announced that schools across the state would close for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. Meyer’s final high school season was further truncated when the closure of school’s was later extended for the remainder of the academic year.
Meyer, one of five seniors on the Mount Paran team, said he is close with many of his teammates.
“We all play at the same home course, and we’ve been friends for years,” he said.
In his junior season Meyer and the Eagles fell just short of the Class A private-school state championship.
“Even though we didn’t win, I knew we had to get it going at the end, and I birdied four out of the last six holes to try to give us a shot,” the 2019 all-state golfer said.
The statewide closure of schools in March put an end to Meyer’s state championship aspirations.
“I was sad to see it because I know that we were probably the best team in our division, and we had a really good shot at winning state this year,” Meyer said. “The chance we missed trying to win state this year will probably be a major topic (going forward).”
However, the end of Meyer’s senior season did not mean the end of his days competing on a golf course, as he will play at Western Kentucky University next year.
“Love the campus, love the coach. I felt like he gave me a good chance to get playing time as a freshman, which I really valued,” Meyer said. “Practice facilities, school and everything just felt right when I visited.”
Meyer’s golf career may even extend beyond his days at Western Kentucky.
“I plan on being a business major, and I want to play professional golf after I graduate,” Meyer said. “If golf doesn’t work out, I’ll go back to school, get a law degree and try to be a general manager of a sports team.”
Meyer, who competed in the Drive, Chip and Putt championship at Augusta National Golf Club in 2015 when he was 13, has been able to continue practicing for his move to the next level during the pandemic.
“At first, I took a little bit of time off because it was sad. Not only did my school get canceled, but my summer tournaments did, too, so I felt like there was nothing to practice for,” Meyer said. “As of right now, I’m practicing a lot just to make sure I’m ready for any tournaments I get to play in the summer, and for college golf in the fall.”