Passion, competition push Weyer brothersJuly 20, 2018
By JONATHAN SAXON
JASPER — This Sunday marks the final round of the Dubois County men's amateur golf tournament and the current tourney leaders are all neck and neck as they angle for the winner’s trophy and county glory.
But for two of the top three golfers there is an added competitive element that serves to heighten the challenge and raise Sunday’s stakes that much more — brotherly love (and friendly harassment).
“There's a huge competitiveness between me and my brother,” said older brother Ian Weyer, 24. “We’re always dogging each other and trying to get the best of each other. It’s fuel to the fire.”
“I kind of smack talk him a little bit and he kind of takes it,” said 22-year-old Cam Weyer. “I’m always saying something to him, always letting him know what I think. I probably take it a little more personally than he does, I don’t ever want to lose to him.”
And so goes the grenade lobbing between the two siblings. Both of the brothers have similar histories when it comes to the sport of golf. They grew up playing the gentlemen’s game, as well as baseball, but once they reached high school they decided to lay down the bat and pick up the club(s) to dedicate their time and efforts. Both went on to play golf for Jasper High School and at Vincennes University. The brothers helped lead Vincennes to the NJCAA Division III national title in 2016 while Cam ended up finishing his collegiate golf career at the University of Evansville.
“I played baseball for so long I was kind of burned out of it,” said Cam. “My brother was playing golf and some of my good friends were also playing on the team. So I just decided I was going to gun it out with golf and see what happens.”
“It was something I could do pretty much anytime I wanted,” added Ian. “Baseball had set games and practice. Golf was a change of pace. I could be out there for four hours. I could go to the range, the putting green, or actually play on the course. There’s so many options. Another thing I like is the social factor. I was growing up with my friends and we had all chosen golf over baseball at that point. We would go out and play everyday, compete with each other, and try to make each other better.”
Once they were committed and focused on putting in work on the greens, the game’s mystique did the rest in terms of capturing their attention. Many players describe the golf as a sport that one can play for years on end, but one that can never be truly mastered. There are a lot of elements that are out of a golfer’s control and the rounds of play can have you feeling like Tiger Woods one day and a rank amateur the next. But that just serves to enhance the appeal.
“With golf it’s impossible to be perfect,” said Ian. “My mentality with golf is 10 percent talent and 90 percent between your ears. You have to be able to push on, you can’t get upset after a bad shot. That’s just going to compound things even worse. It’s the ultimate grind.”
But that is also another hook that sinks a lot of guys into the activity of pushing past the thickets, tree lines, and hazards: the exercise of mental toughness.
“You can have the talent, but without the mental game it’ll be tough to go anywhere,” said Cam. “You have to go out and play with whatever the weather throws at you that day. You’re not always going to have a good drive or the greens may be a bit bumpy. Every aspect of it makes it challenging. You have to be able to throw away the past. The mental side of golf is valuable, it takes you from being a decent player to that next tier of being really good at it.”
The brothers will have a chance to get their fair share of both of those factors when tee time hits on Sunday. Ian (138) has the edge on Cam (139), but they both will be chasing Jeff Sanders who leads all players with 136. Both Weyers have plenty of experience at Sultan’s, but they know that the prior rounds are no guarantee, especially at some of the more difficult spots the course has to offer.
“There are some tough holes on the back nine that can really sneak up and play a crucial role in what your score is going to be at the end of the day,” said Cam, who favors a more aggressive approach to facing the course. “I like to hit a driver on every hole except 14, 15, and 7. I think the best way to go at it is aggressive, but then again that could bite you if you’re wild.”
Ian thinks that the front half of the course will dictate a lot of the play across the back nine, noting that the first hole could be particularly troublesome depending on where the tees are set on Sunday.
“The par-fives on the front nine are really going to be (critical),” he said. “If me, Cam and Jeff (Sanders) are under par after the front nine, then we’re going to be sitting very well going into the back nine. There’s many birdie opportunities (on the front nine).”
Ian hopes that he, Cam, and Sanders are all close when they hit the latter portion of the course, as the added sense of drama can only add to the fun of the event. Both Weyer brothers will be gunning for each other as they work to take down Sanders, but no matter what they want to be in top form to give spectators something interesting to watch as they work out the rights to Dubois County supremacy on the links.
“It’s pretty cool how all three of us are in contention together,” he said. “With Cam it’s family rivalry because we’re always trying to one-up each other. It’s going to be a good time on the golf course, it should be a good treat.”
Cam thinks that his experience of winning the County Am twice will help him down the stretch and give him the mental edge he needs to claim a third trophy.
“I think we’re all experienced, but just knowing that neither of these guys have won this championship and I’ve won two of them, I know I can do it again,” he said. “I’m never going to waver in my confidence.”
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