Cassville High School senior D.J. Meadows has signed a letter of intent to play golf at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan. The signing took place in the CHS library on Jan. 25. Present for the signing were D.J.'s parents, Randy and Debbie Meadows, CHS golf coach Lance Parnall and CHS Principal Brad Hanson.
D.J. was a member of the CHS varsity golf squad last season as a junior. He attended Neosho High School during his freshman and sophomore years.
In 2005, D.J. qualified for the state golf tournament by tying for fifth place at districts. At the Class 3 state meet, D.J. led all area golfers with a 23rd place finish. The talented teen also was named to the All-Big 8 Conference first team last year.
Whether or not D.J. makes another run for state this season will depend on how quickly he heals from wrist surgery. His doctors, and his teammates, hope to have him back swinging in April.
On Jan. 4, D.J. had a vascular bone graft done on his left wrist by a doctor at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. He sustained his wrist injury during football season.
"We're not sure we'll get him back this spring, but best case scenario, D.J. will be back come April," said Parnall.
Regardless of whether or not he gets to play his senior season, D.J. will definitely be playing the game he loves in college.
"I'm glad to see he's going to get the opportunity to play at the next level even with his injury," said Coach Parnall.
"He's worked so hard, really his whole life, to be a good golfer," said Coach Parnall. "And anytime we get to send a kid from Cassville to play at the next level in any sport, it's a great accomplishment."
D.J. has been playing the game of golf since he could walk, according to dad, Randy, who serves as manager of the Cassville Golf Course.
"He's been playing since he was 2 or 3 years old," said Randy. "We are just really proud of him."
Pratt Community College competes in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The men's golf team is coached by Rod Snyder.
D.J. has earned a full scholarship to play for the Beavers who won back-to-back Region VI championships in 2002-03 and 2003-04. The golf season is split with tournaments in the fall from August until November and the spring from February through May.
Pratt is in the process of transitioning from a Division II junior college school to Division I. The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association.