Senior Spotlight: Megan Vaughn
Every time Megan Vaughn tees up, she expects to play her best. The inspiration and drive to excel, she said, comes from her father. Starting at the age of 4, her father saw in her a passion for the game of golf. This passion led to Megan being Washington High School’s most valuable player in 2007. She was also an Arkansas Women’s Golf Association match-play medalist in 2007-08 and was AWGA match play champion in 2008 as well.
In her first year at UALR, Vaughn redshirted, but came out strong during her freshman campaign, playing in all 10 tournaments that year. She finished third on the team in scoring average for the year with 78.3.
Vaughn said she believes the redshirt year allowed her to have a better understanding of the emotional side of the game. “I’ve learned over the years since being in college to understand my game,” she said, “you make a bad shot you have to learn from it, go on with your business, and play your heart out to correct your game.” Vaughn said she loves to play under pressure now, believing it helps her to concentrate more.
She went on to play in all 11 tournaments in her sophomore year, earning five top-25 finishes, including two top-10′s. She again finished third on the team in scoring average for the year with a 76.9, more than a full shot better than her freshman average.
Her junior year saw her continue to improve, finishing in the top 25 six times, including three top-10 finishes.
She also won the 2011 AWGA stroke-play championship.