Chris Meyers already has his future mapped out.
Though the Canyon del Oro senior has been exposed to golf from a young age, the path leading him to a scholarship to Stanford wasn’t always in the picture.
“I remember being really young at Tucson Country Club and driving the carts and rolling down the hills with my sister,” Meyers said. “We were having a good time. I didn’t really start doing tournaments and stuff until I was 11.”
Coming off a third-place finish in the Division II state championship and being named the Star’s Boys Golfer of the Year, Meyers’ only goal this season is to get better at every tournament.
“You can never reach perfection in golf — it’s like you’re always coming back for more, always trying to get better,” he said. “There’s always something to work on.”
The Star recently caught up with Meyers. Here are four things you need to know about him:
Susie Meyers, Chris’ mother, is a former All-America golfer at the University of Arizona. She now spends her days as a PGA swing coach, most notably for former Rincon/University star Michael Thompson.
Chris Meyers met Thompson years ago and has kept in touch.
“Whenever I need anything or have any questions regarding golf, I just call him up and he’ll give me an answer,” Meyers said. “I can learn a lot from him, but he’s also a friend.
“I saw him do all these things and realized he’s just a normal guy. That could be me one day.”
Membership has its privileges
Like most fathers and sons, Chris and his father, Dan, often take trips to bond.
The only difference is that the elder Meyers is a former UA golfer. Since he plays professionally in club championships and other tournaments, the duo has gotten to play on some of the country’s most prestigious golf courses.
Chris has played at Spyglass Hill and Pebble Beach in California. Despite Spyglass Hill being regarded as one of the nation’s toughest courses, it’s his “favorite place to play in the world.”
Meyers’ best golf memory came this summer at a USGA Junior Amateur Qualifier in Mesa.
Meyers shot a 74 the first day, and needed a solid round to qualify for the championship tourney in Texas. He ended up shooting a 68, good enough to make it.
“It’s always been a goal of mine to go to the Junior-Am,” he said.
The senior spent his summer on the road with the Junior Golf Association of Arizona. Every year, Arizona selects a team of four to play in the Junior America’s Cup. This year, it was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Meyers was chosen.
“Both were great experiences,” he said. “I didn’t play my best golf, but I never played in anywhere of that caliber before. You always learn in golf, through the good rounds and bad rounds.”
Heading to Stanford
Two weeks ago, while playing the fourth hole at the Oro Valley Country Club, Meyers received a call from Stanford golf coach Conrad Ray. He was bearing good news: Meyers had gotten into Stanford, and Ray had offered.
Meyers had narrowed his college choices to Stanford, Texas Christian University and Arizona.
“I feel really fortunate that I’m able to go to one of the top schools in the country and top golf programs,” Meyers said. “They have a course right on campus, probably the best practice facilities I’ve ever seen, and the coach is really good.
“There weren’t any negatives in going there.”