Laney Meredith story
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ECHS Senior Lady Cat golfer Kayla Meredith signed her letter of commitment to play golf at Midway University, located in Midway, Kentucky, in front of a large crowd at Edmonson County High School today.
It can be said that Kayla is one of the most successful golfers from Edmonson County as she has competed in many local, regional, and state tournaments. As a senior, she was named to the All Region 4 Team, a top 8 finisher and a top 4 finisher, which qualified her for the KHSAA state competition. This year, she finished 5th at the All "A" State Tournament and 44th overall in the state while also recieving the KHSAA Leachman Buick GMC Scholarship, given to only one senior Kentucky girl's tournament participant each year.
"It is an amazing feeling to be on a team of such a high level," Kayla said. "It's been an honor to play side by side the last few years with my fellow teammates and I'm even more excited to get to know my new team. It feels so great to finally have accomplished my biggest dream...to play college golf."
"We always want any athlete to be successful both in the classroom and the sport in which they participate," said ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce. "Kayla excels in both, and that has led to her opportunity to play at the collegiate level. There is a big change from high school to college, but Kayla has the tools to make it once she gets there. Hopefully, this will spark some interest in our girls golf program and allow some younger girls to see the possibilities of pursuing golf in the future."
Midway University Head Coach Otis Smith feels Kayla will fit in well with the other girls and the family environment that Midway University offers. "I'm looking for good people, good students, good golfers, and I think she has all three. I'm looking for her to help Midway University get to the next level."
Lady Cat Assistant Golf Coach Granville Meredith addressed the crowd. "It has truly been a blessing to watch Kayla develop her golf abilities over the past 6 years and to know that today she is realizing her accomplishments to play golf at the next level, while getting an education," he said.
Athletic Director Pierce summed up the day by saying, "Kayla has been a tremendous contributor to our Athletic Department. She has led our girls golf program to new heights, and she also works with the girls basketball team. Her senior year of golf was so consistent. She just kept getting better and that is a testament to the work ethic she has. Now she will finish out her senior year, graduate, and move on to Midway with the chance to be extremely successful. Kayla gets along with people and people like being around her. She will be successful in whatever she chooses to do."