Milford standout Megan Creager is heading to Youngstown State on a golf scholarship. The reigning Eastern Cincinnati Conference girls’ golfer of the year will report to the Penguins’ women’s golf team the third week of August. She’s planning on a business major while undertaking a college golf career.
But first, she has some local golf business.
Creager teed it up at last week’s 100th Women’s Metropolitan Amateur Championship at hilly Cincinnati Country Club. In her first appearance, she made the 16-player championship flight with a qualifying score of 83.
Representing Coldstream Country Club, Creager earned the 14th seed. She faced third seed Kacie Bradfish, a former Cincinnati Country Day golfer heading to Purdue, in the first round of match play. Creager lost to Bradfish, 5 and 4.
While she would have liked more golf at the Greater Cincinnati Women’s Golf Association’s century celebration event, she was happy with her performance and delighted to be part of the city championship.
“It was a great experience playing with so many different people of all ages and experience, not just juniors,” Creager said. “It was a good experience to play match-play, and it was my first time playing at Cincinnati Country Club. The hills were definitely a challenge. The greens were pretty hilly, too. But, I like a challenge.”
She received that and more in a tough bracket at the Women’s Met. Bradfish went on to beat 2010 Met champion and former University of Toledo golfer Allison Schultz in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Hanna Lee, an incoming sophomore for the Xavier University women’s golf team. There were four Met champions on Creager’s side of the bracket.
The tournament was delayed by weather three of four days, including both days that Creager competed, but that didn’t put a damper on her week.
“That didn’t really affect my game,” Creager said. “I knew everybody else was playing in the same conditions. I still had a good time.”
Up next for Creager is this weekend’s Ohio Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship in Marion. She was a top-10 finisher last year in her first appearance. She’s planning on making her first appearance at the Stonelick Hills Ladies’ Club Championship in August before departing for Youngstown.
Creager finished her Milford career strong on and off the course. She put together a 37.2 nine-hole stroke average, nearly two shots better than her closest rival, over a conference-high 270 holes her senior season. She was a first-time state tournament qualifier with a top-20 state finish. Milford, 10-1 overall, won the ECC regular-season title with a 4-0 record, and added the conference tournament crown for the third year in a row.
Creager carried a 3.8 grade-point average in the classroom. She learned the virtues of time management by juggling golf and school work, and believes she is prepared for next-level challenges.
“School and golf are my No. 1 priorities,” she said. “I’ve learned to balance out the two, and I’m really happy that I can keep playing golf in college. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”