Boys Golf: Burlington’s Matt Weber ineligible for rest of season
By Gene Chamberlain For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2012 9:50PM
Burlington Central's Matt Weber is ineligible for the remainder of the high school season after playing in a non-IHSA tournament. | Karen Naess ~ For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 6, 2012 2:01PM
Matt Weber, a Burlington Central junior golfer who placed high at state as a freshman and sophomore, is ineligible to compete for the Rockets for the rest of the season.
“He wanted to play in a youth tournament out of state and the IHSA said that it’s against their rules for him to play out of state in one of those, and if he did he would be done with high school golf,” Burlington Central coach Deb Twenhafel said. “He went and played, so he knew what the situation was beforehand.”
Weber finished eighth in the state Class 2A meet as a freshman in 2010 and 13th last year. Each summer he plays in numerous regional and national tournaments with the American Junior Golf Association and is considered a potential college golfer. He shot 151 for 36 holes at last weekend’s Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., and missed the cut.
“The thing is it’s disappointing for my team because he kind of really let the team down,” Twenhafel said. “He was just becoming a leader, coming out from being an individual to being a real team player.
“Being an upperclassman, I saw great things ahead for him and it’s just unfortunate.”
Twenhafel said she had been unsure Weber would even come out for high school golf this year but she found out at the last minute.
“I looked at it as possibly getting another team downstate this year with him leading the group,” Twenhafel said. “It’s just too bad. I feel bad for his teammates because we’re very young this year besides him.”
Central shot 346 as a team Tuesday in the Elgin Country Club Invitational without Weber.