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October 12, 2017Grosse Pointe North’s Meghan Gallagher heads into the state playoffs as one of the top golfers not just in the Macomb Area Conference, but in the state.
The junior is a favorite to win medalist honors at a Division 2 regional tournament at Pine View Golf Club, which was played Oct. 11. Last season Gallagher was third in the regional with 90 and went on to earn All-State honors after tying for sixth place in the state tournament at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University. Her two-day score was 163.
“Meghan is a great athlete and one of the toughest competitors I have ever coached,” Grosse Pointe North girls’ golf head coach Peter Kingsley said. “She has great fundamentals, improved her wedges and putting immensely and she has consistently been striking the ball with LPGA club head speed and distance.
“I know Meghan is a Division 1 golfer if she wants to be and is an absolute pleasure to coach and mentor. There are only positive things to say about her as an athlete and a person.”
To make this year’s state tournament, North’s team has to finish in the top three in the regional tournament or Gallagher has to finish in the top three as an individual of the squads which didn’t make the state finals.
Gallagher began playing golf at 6 and took it seriously at 11 when she started to take lessons at Detroit Golf Club. Her handicap currently is 10.
Her lowest nine-hole score is 33 at The Meadows and lowest 18-hole score is 76 at Burning Tree.
With practice and solid coaching, Gallagher has been the best golfer in the MAC Red Division this season, leading the division with a 38.7 nine-hole average.
Her goal this season is to place top five at the state finals and next year to be a leader for the team and finish her senior year with a flurry.
“College golf is definitely a possibility and playing it professionally is a dream of mine,” Gallagher said. “I am just starting to think about colleges and I’d love to go south where it is warm.
“Coach Kingsley is a great coach. He brings a sense of calmness to my game, which helps me tremendously.”
Gallagher’s favorite course is Detroit Golf Club. Through the years, she has learned the intricacies of the course and attacks each hole.
She hopes to do that in the year’s Division 2 state championship tournament Oct. 20 and 21, at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, which is more than 6,000 yards from the white tee box. To make the top five, Gallagher will have to shoot in the 160s or lower, of which she is more than capable.
The course has 10 par 4s, four par 5s and four par 3s for a par 72.
Gallagher also is a strong student and thinking about pursuing a career in the medical field if golf doesn’t pan out. She takes after her older twin sisters, Elizabeth and Lindsay, who were standout student-athletes at Grosse Pointe North and currently are college sophomores.
Gallagher also is a varsity basketball and soccer player at Grosse Pointe North and excels at both sports.