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The Roanoke Times | File 2010
Meagan Board went from caddying to competing Tuesday in the First Tee Scramble at the Greenbrier
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Meagan Board woke up Tuesday thinking she would be caddying for her friend Garrett Sweeney in the First Tee Scramble at the Greenbrier Classic Youth Classic.
Then her phone buzzed at the Board household.
“I got a text from Garrett at 6 o’clock in the morning,’’ said Board, 16. “He said in the text that he was sick and I was going to have to fill in for him, he wasn’t going to be able to make it.
“My first reaction was: ‘No, Garrett, you will feel better. I want you to play!’ And he says, ‘you’re going to have to do it,’ and I said: ‘Oh, dear!’ ”
Sweeney, a senior on Salem’s Group AA championship team last fall, was victimized by an acute ear infection that rocked his body temperature to 105 degrees.
No problem. Board was ready in the bullpen.
With her pink golf bag being carried by Salem’s Andrew Butts, Board waltzed to the first tee, teed up her ball, and smacked it soundly down the middle for a team that included professionals Billy Horschel and Jonathan Byrd.
“My legs started shaking on the first tee, but I hit it good! I was nervous here, too [at No. 18 green]. I’ve never played in front of this many people before. But it was great. I hit some good tee shots, some good approach shots. We used several of my shots. It was great.”
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