Steamboat Springs Monday turned out to be a pretty good day for Steamboat Springs seniors Casey Weston and Erik Sobeck.
Not because they got a day away from the classroom to play in the annual Steamboat Sailor Golf Shootout tournament, which raises money for area junior golf programs and offers a helping hand to the Steamboat Springs High School golf team, but because the two were honored with $1,000 scholarships from Steamboat Springs Junior Golf Association.
“This is the 12th year of the tournament, and the second time we’ve given out a scholarship, ” SSJGA spokesperson John Vanderbloemen said. “The tournament started as a way to support high school golf. The concept is that if the high school golf team needs some assistance, we are there, but in the meantime, we are awarding scholarships, putting on clinics and we are going to do a Boys & Girls Club outing at Haymaker that we are paying for. We are always looking for other ways to support junior golf in the Valley.”
This year, the SSJGA’s efforts will help Sobeck and Weston cover college expenses. Each of the students, both four-year members of the high school golf team, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships thanks to the Shootout tournament.
Sobeck plans on attending Montana State University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering. The graduating senior was named to the CHSAA 4A all-conference first team in 2012 and to the second team in 2013. He lettered in both golf and lacrosse and won the Bill Nickey-Dennis Johnson Etiquette and Sportsmanship Award for the 2011 golf season.
“It’s awesome because Casey was the other person who got it," Sobeck said. "We’ve been in the program the past four years, and we’ve worked really hard. It’s just really awesome to receive that kind of recognition.”
Weston, who will attend the University of Puget Sound, also was happy to win the award as he heads into the next chapter of his life.
“It’s a huge honor, and I feel very lucky that there are so many generous people who are willing to support us,” Weston said. “I’m going to try out for the team. I’m going to golf a lot this summer and see what happens.”
Weston, who played golf long before entering high school, has fallen in love with the game and believes it plays a major role in how he views life and its challenges.
“To be good in golf, you have to have a good mind set,” Weston said. “If something doesn’t go your way, or if you screw up, you have to let it go because you can’t change it. Anything is possible, and it changes with every shot.”
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