McMahan named to Big 12 Spring Chick-fil-A Community of Champions
April 17, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Meredith McMahan is putting the finishing touches on a Women's Golf career at Texas that has been nothing like she planned. Mostly, because it hasn't involved playing any golf.
Health issues have relegated McMahan to what she calls a "cheerleading role" with the Longhorns. But, in reality, her value to the Texas program has been much more, and she just received an honor acknowledging that.
McMahan was named to the Big 12 Spring Chick-fil-A Community of Champions. Every fall, winter and spring one student-athlete is honored from each conference institution based on academic success, community service involvement and leadership skills.
To be considered, student-athletes must have at least a 3.0 grade point average, be active in at least one community service organization and exhibit good sportsmanship in all their endeavors.
Without question, McMahan fits that bill.
"Meredith has been such an asset to our program, even if her contributions haven't been measured in strokes on the golf course," Women's Golf coach Martha Richards said. "During her time here, she has made wonderful contributions to the community and athletic program. She brings tremendous energy to everything that we do. Nobody is a bigger Longhorn than Meredith, and she's been a gift to anyone and everyone who has crossed her path at Texas."
McMahan is preparing to graduate from the College of Communication on May 22, and just went through her first job interview. As a sports broadcast major, McMahan is looking into a position as a sideline reporter with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Her time at Texas has prepared McMahan for that. She's been a regular host on Longhorn Sports Center Weekly.
"That's certainly one of things I wasn't expecting when I started here, but it's helped me," McMahan said. "My career definitely is nothing like I pictured it, and my involvement is not what I wanted it to be, but in the end, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
"I've learned a lot about myself, and this whole experience has made me tougher and my skin a little thicker."
Chick-fil-A will award Texas $3,000 for McMahan's efforts.
"Since I haven't been able to compete, this is a neat way to be honored," McMahan said. "I can kind of go out with a bang."