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High school athlete of the week: Lansing Catholic's Abby Meder

Abby Meder

Abby Meder

Abby Meder has goals of taking her golf game up to another level this fall.

The Division 4 all-state golfer and Lansing Catholic senior believes she is on track to doing just that.

Meder has put herself in a position to achieve her goals of consistently shooting rounds below 80 for 18 holes and 40 for nine holes. And one of the recent steps taken toward that goal came last week when Meder fired a 78 at Glenbrier Golf Club while earning medalist honors at the Dick Sporting Goods Invitational hosted by Perry.

“My goal was to shoot below 80,” said Meder, who was voted the Lansing State Journal high school athlete of the week. “I just tried to work on shooting par every hole, and playing it safe and not trying to go for any risky shots. I definitely think I accomplished that through smart decisions and making sure I kept it in the fairway.”

That performance has been one in what has been another big season for Meder, who has a 41.5 average for nine holes and 80.3 for 18 holes. Meder has finished in the top 10 in each of the Cougars’ five invitationals and has been the medalist at both CAAC White jamborees.

Meder, whose 18-hole average this fall has improved four strokes from last year, believes an improved mental game has helped her increase her success.

“When I was a freshman or sophomore, I used to be really focused on my bad shots and let it affect my entire day,” Meder said. “Now I learn from my shots and I’ve learned to shake it off and improve on my next shot.”

As important as Meder’s low scores have been for the Cougars this fall, Lansing Catholic coach Kim Johnson said her leadership has been just as valuable.

“She actually has taken on a great leadership role,” Johnson said. “We have five freshmen on our team this year and she has done a great job of talking to them about our traditions on our team and getting them acclimated to golf, especially in the beginning of the school year. She’s done a great job with that.

“At all the tournaments, everyone looks to her. She’s a very positive individual. She’s not one of these scream or shout kind of individuals, but she gets the team fired up just by her positive thoughts. She’s always positive to everybody, even the people she’s competing with in her foursome. She’s just a pleasure to be around.”

Contact Brian Calloway at bcalloway@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @brian_calloway.

Abigail Meder

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