July 2, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Former Badger Chris Meyer, who earned his professional tour card in February, 2014, and has appeared in the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, returned to his alma mater for the Legends Golf Outing June 30 sponsored by the UW Athletics Development office.
Meyer is a 2013 graduate of Wisconsin. He was interviewed prior to the outing.
During his senior year, the Edina, Minn., native led UW in four tournaments and was second on the team in scoring with 75.50 strokes per round. Meyer played in 24 of 27 rounds. His senior season scoring average was a personal best; he averaged 76.11 in 27 rounds as a junior.
A three-year letterwinner after transferring from Minnesota as a sophomore, he recorded personal bests of 68 (18), 143 (36) and 218 (54-holes). His top tournament finish was at the 2012 D.A. Weibring event where he tied for 10th with 76-74-71=221. He was the top finisher at the 2013 Big Ten Championship tying for 30th with 77-76-73-77--303.
Meyer was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2011, '12, '13). In 2013, the marketing major became the UW first men's player since 2007 to earn Golf Coaches of America All-Scholar honors. During his tenure, the men’s golf had the highest cumulative GPA of all men’s team in 2013. It was the second time in the past two years they have had that recognition (2011).
Q&A with former UW golfer Chris Meyer
On being under the radar while at UW:
“I transferred here from Minnesota and played a few years here. For me while I was here, I was just really committed to getting better. I did a lot of work on my short game. I would say that’s where the rubber kind of meets the road. We did a ton of short game work when I was here and that helped. I really like to dictate how I’m working and what I’m doing. I like waking up early and having a full day’s work. I just get out to the course, from sun up to sun down and play hard. It’s been good for me. I really enjoyed my time here, I loved it. I just worked hard on my game. It’s been a good first year as a pro.”
On what he has accomplished since graduating:
“I went to Q-school for the Latin-American tour. It’s sanctioned by the PGA tour so I have PGA tour status and all the benefits that go with that. The only difference is that I am down in Mexico and Central and South America. I’ve been down there and played four of the eight events.”
On his long-term goals:
“In the next five years, I would love to be on the path that Jerry (Kelly) was on. He is obviously someone I look up to. He’s a great player, a great human and my idol. He was very patient. He’s had a very successful and very long career. He was a guy who knew that it was going to take everything he had to get there. For me, my five-year goal is to be on the PGA tour. It might seem very cliché but I am very focused on making the most of every day. I was pretty close with Montee (Ball) while he was here. He went from a position he didn’t want to be in to what he was and leading all of college football in touchdowns. Something he said to me one day was, “What I really focused on was making every day great.
"People always asked what are your dreams and inspirations, and for him it was obviously starting running back in the NFL. We talked and I took that to heart. That was a big turning point because I realized it’s easy to get caught in the future and not necessarily do everything you need to do day-after-day. I am going to just take advantage of every day, be committed and work hard. If you know that you do those things then you will be where you want to be.”
On his favorite memory at UW:
“Just being a Badger. There’s really no putting it into words. The coolest thing for me is going around the world and guys from all over the world say, ‘Oh I hear that place is great.’ I just smile ear-to-ear because you can’t even explain it to them. I just loved being in Madison. There’s just nothing like being a Badger and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”