Weisgerber guns for berth to state

By MIKE VERNOT vernot@crescent-news.com Published:

Henry Weisgerber of Defiance will make his first appearance in the Division I district tournament on Thursday when he travels to Red Hawk Run Golf Course in Findlay.

Weisgerber qualified after shooting a 77 in the sectional at Stone Ridge Golf Club near Bowling Green and will now set his sights on a district championship and a possible trip to Columbus.

"Henry played a practice round on Monday and played well," explained Bulldog coach Steve Maxey. "His game fits this course. From tee to green Henry has been very good. His putting has improved and I won't be surprised if he shoots another solid round of golf on Thursday."

Consistency is a word that has described Weisgerber's season. Averaging 37.96 per nine holes which is the fourth best in Defiance High School History.

"There are several very good golfers in our district," stated Maxey. "Henry is part of that group."

Weisgerber is a three-time All-WBL first-team selection and was the 2011 player of the year in the league.

"The last two years I've been really disappointed not to make it," explained Weisgerber. "This year it's been one of my biggest goals to get there and I'm glad I achieved that goal."

With a dream of a state always in the background, as difficult as it might be, Maxey believes Weisgerber is capable of making it the state tournament Oct. 21-22 at the Scarlet Course on the campus of The Ohio State University.

"It is very difficult to make it to state as an individual," he admitted. "But if Henry plays his best golf he'll have a shot of getting there."

Looking at the numbers shows just how difficult attaining a sacred spot to Columbus can be. At the district tournament, 60 golfers including 10 teams and 10 individuals will vie for two team spots and two individuals spots not on a qualifying team. So after two qualifying teams receive berths, 50 golfers are left to compete for two coveted spots not knowing until their round is finished.

"You're always wondering what everyone else is doing but you also have to play your own game," said Weisgerber. "I just try to go out there and do the best I can every time. I feel like I have to play really well, there's a lot of good golfers in our district and I feel like I have to shoot pretty low to be able to do it. My goal is to shoot a 74 or below, if I do that, I feel I have a pretty good shot."

Some of that competition includes well known talent to Weisgerber in fellow WBL opponents, Celeb Acheson of Wapakoneta and Ian Haidle of Elida. Mitchell Kontak of Maumee and Dean Tansel of Anthony Wayne will also be competing at districts from the northwest sectional.

"I feel like I'm playing well right now, probably for about the last month," admitted Weisgerber. "But the course is really tough, so I'll have to play my best."

Achieving his goal and solid play over his four years at Defiance has helped Weisgerber achieve somewhat of a celebrity status around town.

"It's been really cool, at football games people have come up to me and have wished me good luck," he concluded. "It's just neat to be noticed for something like that."

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