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Senior golfer qualifies for district finals, shoots a 72 to cap off final season

Senior Robby Meyer practices golf at Wolfe Park. (Photo by Bennett Bloebaum)

Senior golfer Robby Meyer made it to the Division 1 district final this year by shooting a 72 at sectionals.

Boys golf coach Jimmy Ryan said he was impressed by his playoff performance.

“He qualified for the district tournament and played the best golf I have seen him play in four years,” Ryan said.

Meyer said that although he was unable to get the result that he wanted at districts, he was still happy with how he performed.

“In districts, I placed six strokes back from the individual medalists who moved on to states,” Meyer added.

Meyer said that his top performance was at Cumberland golf course, where he shot a 71 for a season best.

Ryan added that Meyer and his family have had a large impact on the golf program.

“Bexley golf is a family affair, and a big part of that has been the Meyer family,” he said. “They have been the backbone of our golf program.”

Meyers’ cousins have been a large part of the program for the past 10 years, starting with his cousin Josh Meyer leading them to numerous league, district and even a state championship, Ryan explained.

Ryan said Meyer is set apart from the rest of the competition because of his drive and his determination to succeed. Meyer works as hard as he can in practice, Ryan added.

He explained that Meyer received multiple accolades this year, including second team all Mid-State League and honorable mention all-district. He was also named the team’s co-MVP, Ryan added.

“Meyer’s a great leader, not a shouter, but leads effectively by example,” Ryan said. “As captain of the golf team, he went out of his way to help the younger kids with their swings as well as arranging weight room time and optional practices.”

Ryan said Meyer is a hard and diligent worker, as well as someone with great character who treats everyone with respect.

“He is one of the nicest young men that I have ever coached,” Ryan said. “He is very polite and respectful of all coaches, teammates and opponents as well.”

Meyer has improved his play a lot over his high school years, Ryan explained.

“As a freshman, he could drive the golf ball just over 200 yards,” Ryan said. “In the district tournament, I witnessed him drive the ball over 300 yards.”

Meyer said the playoffs can be a challenge because of the high quality of competition that the team faces in Division 1, but he is confident that both he and his team can compete at that level.

“The playoffs were very stressful because we knew as a team we would all have to score well,” Meyer explained.

However, the nerves faded when he started to play better and settle into his rhythm, he said.

“I was very happy with the season,” Meyer said. “All of the hard work I put into practicing paid off.”

Bennett Bloebaum
Bennett Bloebaum is a staff reporter for The Torch. He is a junior at Bexley High School, and this is his first year as a member of the Torch staff. Outside of Torch, he plays football and lacrosse for the high school.