WXXV Student Athlete of the Week: Ocean Springs golfer Avery Weed
Avery Weed is a senior golfer for the Ocean Springs Lady Greyhounds and she is this week’s WXXV Student Athlete of the Week.
“My grandfather played collegiate golf, so he kind of got me started when I was like eight. I had played a bunch of sports prior, so it was just kind of another sport for me to try, and I really just fell in love with it.”
Following in her grandfather’s footsteps, Ocean Springs senior Avery Weed has been dominating on the links for nine years and counting.
Spending the majority of her life on a golf course, Weed truly excels in the many different technicalities that come with playing one of the most difficult sports to master. “A lot of people don’t really understand everything that goes into golf, but I mean there’s tons of factors going into each shot. There are so many aspects to it. It takes years on years to even learn how to play golf, not just practice. So yeah, I think it is the hardest sport. And just the mental aspect of it is just crazy. I mean, just the ups and downs emotionally are just crazy. I’m still working on that to this day.”
Weed may still have work to do mentally, but it truly doesn’t show on the leaderboard. In her best game, she shot a 65, seven under par.
She’s a two-time individual state champion, two-time team state champion with the Lady Greyhounds and she even won the Mississippi Junior Amateur Tournament in 2021.
Out of her many accolades, Weed says her favorite golf memory is a recent one. “Last August I got to go to Washington for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is one of if not the biggest Amateur tournaments in the whole world, so just to be able to play in that was just really special for me.”
Along with being a very successful golfer, Weed is also successful in the classroom. She has a 4.0 GPA while being involved in three different clubs. The days are truly long for Weed, but it all comes to a pause when she finally steps into the tee box. “Just throughout the day I’ve got school, going to the gym, coming home… I don’t know, whenever I come to the golf course, I’m focused on the goals that I want during my practice and it’s just kind of peaceful.”
That state of peace leading to a future, Weed made her childhood dreams come true in November by signing to play golf at the next level for the Mississippi State Bulldogs. “I have been a diehard Mississippi State fan my whole life and the coaches are just amazing and the facilities… everything about it is just for me, so it just really fell into place.”
Weed says she also used to play softball, but she decided to stick with the swing that works the best.