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Prep golf: Determination helped Northwestern's Trent Meyer forge his path

The senior is focused on finishing the season strong. One of his goals is for the Tigers make it to the state tournament as a team. However, his biggest goal is to win the WIAA Division II state championship individually.

Northwestern’s Trent Meyer swings a club
Northwestern’s Trent Meyer swings a club outside of Northwestern High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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MAPLE — No one in Trent Meyer's family was a golfer.

Trent Meyer chips outside of Northwestern High School
Trent Meyer chips outside of Northwestern High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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The Northwestern High School senior started playing the sport in fourth grade and attended a weekly golf camp at Norwood Golf Course, about three minutes from his house.

“After a couple years of playing once or twice a week in the summers, I fell in love with the game and started playing and practicing almost every day,” Meyer said.

Now, he's in the last season on the Northwestern golf team and earned a full scholarship to play at Division II Wisconsin-Green Bay next year.

Meyer orally committed to UWGB in September, and he signed his National Letter of Intent in November. Starting the recruiting process late, Meyer contacted no coaches until last summer.

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“I had a great junior season, especially in the playoffs, where I won both my regional and sectional finals, before placing second in the state championship. That really helped kick-start my recruiting process, since I had those achievements on my resume,” Meyer said.

Fortunately for Meyer, a college coach who was impressed by his play in a tournament put him in contact with Lee Reinke, the UWGB golf coach. After that, UWGB offered Meyer a full tuition scholarship for a spot on the team.

Trent Meyer holds a Tiger golf ball
Trent Meyer holds a Tiger golf ball in the woods outside of Northwestern High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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“Sure, folks helped him along the way, but it was his determination and hard work that got him to where he is today, which is the best high school golfer in the state,” said Nick Olson, Northwestern's head boys golf coach.

But before college begins, Meyer is focused on finishing the season strong. One of his goals is for the Tigers make it to the state tournament as a team. However, his biggest goal is to win the WIAA Division II state championship individually.

“My second place finish at last year’s state tournament definitely stung a little, but that was a great learning experience, and it motivated me to get it done this year,” he said.

Olson said he's confident Meyer will accomplish all of his goals.

“Trent is the greatest golfer I have ever had the pleasure to coach. He can crush it off the tee and place his approach shots within 5 feet. He’s a joy to be around and fun to watch.”

Meyer's biggest strengths are his iron play and his tee shots.

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“I think my mental game is a strength, as well," Meyer said. "The difference in my mental game from a year ago to now is huge, and I’m hoping it will help me have a more successful summer this year.”

Meyer said he's looking to better his wedge play, as well as his short game, including putting.

“If I were to pinpoint a reason why he didn’t come away with the victory at state last year, it would be his putting. So this season he has been working diligently on his short game,” Olson said.

Trent Meyer holds his clubs outside of Northwestern High School
Trent Meyer holds his clubs outside of Northwestern High School on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

A memorable moment came during last year's Heart O' North Conference Championship.

"It was the end of May, and it ended up being about 37 degrees, pouring rain, and 20 mph winds," Meyer said. "It was the worst weather I had ever played in, and it (the tournament) got shortened to nine holes.

"I played solid with a 37, but my teammate, Dillon Scheufeli, came in with a 35—his lowest round all season—to clutch the conference championship both individually and for the team," Meyer said.

But Meyer's favorite moment on the golf course was the state championship last year, he said.

“It was really great to play good and have it pay off with a good second place finish, especially with some of my teammates, my coach, and my family there to support me," he said. "I’m hoping my whole team can experience playing in it this year.”

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