Friday, August 24, 2012 at 4:08 PM
But the greatest amateur golf event also produced a refreshing reminder of what is still good in amateur sports. In a day and age when minor-league professional sports teams are basically masquerading around as "institutions of higher learning", there are still clear examples where education is still held in high regard. Michael Weaver is one such case. Not only did he prove his superb golf abilities with a runner-up finish on the biggest stage, he is also a stellar student at arguably the best public college in America, the University of California. However, what is truly amazing about Mr. Weaver is that he redshirted the 2011-12 season after already playing two full seasons. He did so to focus on academics to try to gain admission into Cal's Haas School of Business, one of the best and most rigorous business programs in the nation. Furthermore, his teammate and U.S. Amateur semifinalist, Brandon Hagy, did the same thing the year before! Clearly there are still great college athletes that rightfully put education at the same priority as sports. So Weaver may have lost the U.S. Amateur but he will win in the game called life. Also, the next time you read about a college football scandal, think about the wholesomeness still found in golf!
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