Very few people are state champions in their favorite sport, just as very few people get a chance to play their favorite sport in college. Nashville's Madi May is one of the select few.
May signed with the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels golf team, making her the third member of the Nashville Hornettes state championship golf team to play in college.
Along with Shawn Rennegarbe and Natalie Johnson, May was part of a core of players instrumental in the Hornettes' four straight trips to state, culminating with a state championship last fall.
“That was our goal since the beginning, and we finally got it done,” May said. “It was a little disappointing for me personally, but my teammates really brought it home.”
Though she was not happy with her own performance at the end of the year, May was an integral part of the success the girls golf team has enjoyed the last few years.
“One thing about Madi is that you could always count on her to score,” Nashville coach Doug Kell said. “She was always capable of posting a really good score, and we could count on her to always shoot a solid score.”
The most eye-popping thing about her game is her length off the tee.
“She was probably the smallest girl on the team, but she was the longest off the tee,” Kell said. “She is good enough that a lot men's teams wanted her to play in scrambles.”
That length gives her an advantage over many of the women she will be playing at the next level.
“At the college level we play farther back in the boxes, and that can mean an extra 1,000 yards or so per round.” KC coach Jay Garrett said. “I saw her at the regional tournament and she had some good up-and-downs as well, so she has a good all-around game.”
May thinks her short game can improve, and that will help make her long drives even more of a weapon. She will have plenty of opportunity to work on it with a busy slate of events this summer.
“I play in the Accelerated Golf Tour, and that keeps me pretty busy,” she said. “We play a lot of events, and they're two-day tournaments that play the long distances like in college, so I think that will help prepare me.”
Having already earned enough college credits to need only one year at KC, May plans to keep playing golf beyond her time at the junior college. She has not decided on a major yet, but there is still plenty of time for that.
May will follow in the footsteps of her older sister Alyson, who also played for Garrett.
Pictured are (seated) Pat and Danny May (parents) and Madi May. Standing is Nashville Golf Coach Doug Kell and KC Golf Coach Jay Garrett.
Story written by Travis Volz of the Nashville News.