Wildcat golfers headed to VUJuly 23, 2014
JASPER — This was never the original plan, but with one month remaining until the start of their first collegiate semester, former Jasper High School golfers Cam Weyer and Jacob Bartley are more than thrilled with their decision.
Plus, the lifelong friends have each other.
Weyer and Bartley both signed to play golf for Vincennes University on Tuesday, capping a furious recruiting trek that didn’t start until near the end of the recent prep golf season.
“Me and Cam, I guess you could say we didn’t really get good until late in our careers, so we just started getting recruited toward the end of our senior season,” Bartley said.
With no offers heading into his final year, Bartley, who emerged as one of the squad’s top two golfers this season, had plans to ax the idea of college golf. But he received a pitch from VU coach Dennis Chattin in early June, around the time of the regional. Chattin then inquired about Weyer, who was also biding his time for a potential offer.
The opportunity to continue playing with a best friend and to compete for Vincennes, the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association Division III national champions, proved too sweet a deal to pass.
“We weren’t ready to leave each other yet so we teamed up again,” said Jacob, the son of Sheila and Mike Bartley of Jasper.
Bartley and Weyer each pointed to a quality VU program that routinely sends golfers to Division I schools as a major part of their decision. They also have lofty goals for their two-year stays. Weyer calls the Trailblazers “one of the elite junior college programs in the nation,” and Bartley thinks the team can win a pair of national championships while they are there.
For Weyer, Tuesday’s signing was the final step of a longtime goal to play college golf — a goal he said required him to leave the Jasper tennis team after his sophomore season.
“I love playing tennis and love being around (coach Scott Yarbrough) and the guys and the trips we went on were great, but ultimately, I had my mind set on playing college golf,” said Cam, the son of Gina and Mike Weyer of Jasper. “I’ve been practicing so much my junior and senior years. After last year, I kind of realized (2013 grad Will Seger) is gone, someone is going to have to step up and be that leader. ... I was out (at Sultan’s Run Golf Club) every single day, practicing my butt off and doing everything I could.”
Both Weyer and Bartley are considering degrees in business and will be roommates together at Vincennes. But for now, they’re just ready to continue their golfing careers.
“We just took a long hard look and figured, ‘Let’s not give up, let’s keep playing,’” Bartley said.
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