Drew Weaver: Wedding vs. Q-School
By Torleif Sorenson on 11/14/13
The AP's Doug Ferguson has the story of former Virginia Tech student and 2007 British Amateur champion Drew Weaver who, it could be said, got jerked around by the PGA Tour's schedulers.
Last year, Weaver got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Bills. They looked very carefully at the PGA Tour's Q-School schedule and predicted that a "window" around mid-December would allow them to get married on December 14 in High Point, North Carolina. They reserved the church, sent out invitations, the whole nine yards.
And then, the PGA Tour decided to push the dates for Q-School back to December 12-17, because they wanted to accommodate their newly-created PGA Tour LatinoAmerica. (Insert game show-loser-sound effect.)
Weaver and Bills are pressing ahead with the wedding anyway.
"It's a decision we made together. It made itself. We're getting married. It's just a crazy scheduling issue."Weaver, who had had an impressive amateur career, has played a heavy schedule this year already. He attempted to Monday-qualify on the PGA Tour's AAA minor-league circuit 13 times, never breaking through to the event itself. However, he finished T-4 at Q-School's Stage 1 a couple of weeks ago and will play Stage 2 next week in Fort Lauderdale.
Ferguson notes that when Weaver wasn't invited to some of the more prestigious amateur events here in the United States in 2007, he and his father decided to qualify for and play in the British Amateur Championship. Weaver won, becoming the first American champion since 1979. That earned him spots in both the Open Championship and the 2008 Masters, although he MC'd at both events. In 2009, Weaver finished T-40 at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black.
The PGA Tour's schedulers may have played a cruel trick on Weaver, but at least he's not doing the same to his fiancée.
Good for him.
H-T: Geoff Shackelford
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[ comments ]
If he is good enough to make the PGA Tour, playing various overseas and mini tours during 2014 won't be that great an obstacle. He is doing the right thing in moving on with his life rather than allow the PGA scheduling to interfere with his plans.
he was at VT the same time i was. i think we are fscebook friends
facebook. damn trying to eat doritos while typing
Torleif Sorenson says:
oobscott2: If that's true, please put him in touch with us - he'd be a fascinating interview!
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