HER DRIVER DAZZLED Meghan Fahey’s groupmates. Not because of make, model or color scheme. Not because its owner consistently
lashed it long and straight.
No, Fahey’s audience marveled as the
Overbrook Golf Club member balanced it
on her nose like a circus performer. The act
reflects her fun-loving, easygoing and kind-hearted personality – one that earned Fahey
the Golf Association of Philadelphia’s Junior
Sportsperson of the Year Award.
“It feels pretty good. I’m humbled to have
received it,” she said. “It means a lot be-
cause a lot of people always think of who
wins when they think of competitive golf. It’s
all about what you shoot. I’m lucky to have
grown up in an environment where I’ve been
surrounded by those who stress that no mat-
ter how you play or what you shoot, it’s more
about who you are.”
That environment saw older brothers Liam,
22, and Sean, 21, front and center. She took
note of their respective on-course attitudes.
“Sean started playing in tournaments earlier, so I think just seeing him and how he conducted himself on the course kind of gave me
a model,” Meghan, 17, of Villanova, Pa., said.
“You don’t want to be the person that throws
the club or gets mad or upset after a bad shot
or a bad hole. You want to be the person who
other kids want to play golf with.”
Meghan didn’t always want to play golf. Basketball and soccer held her attention until a change in summer
plans – and an injury – intervened. At age 10,
Meghan and her family traded three-month
stays at the shore for more time at home,
which, in turn, opened interest for Overbrook’s Junior golf program. At age 14, she
suffered a third concussion while playing basketball; time on the court morphed into time
on the course as a result.
“I kept wanting to get better and try to be as
good as I could be. I’m very competitive with
myself, not with other people,” Meghan said.
Inner drive produced outer results in 2016.
Fahey, who also calls Merion Golf Club home,
represented the Women’s Golf Association of
Philadelphia in the Junior Inter-City Matches and
captured the Junior Girls’ title in the Jock MacKenzie Memorial in a sudden-death playoff.
“This past summer, the tournaments that I
played the best in were the ones I wasn’t going into with all of the expectations and stress
JUNIOR SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR
Merion Golf Club/Overbrook Golf Club
No matter how you play or
what you shoot, it’s more
about who you are.”
BY TONY REGINA