BURLINGTON – It seems nothing can slow down former Burlington Central golfer Matt Weber these days.
Weber, 18, in the midst of a summer full competing of tournaments and maintaining his golf game, is set to compete July 21-23 in the 65th Illinois Open Championship in Glenview, in which he finished 18th last year. Since he was among the top 25 finishers in the tournament, Weber did not have to qualify into the tournament this year.
“I played pretty well," Weber said of his showing last year. "It was a good finish for my first professional event."
In addition, he will compete in the 84th Illinois State Amateur Championship at Cantigny Park in Wheaton July 15-17. It will be Weber's first time competing in the tournament, but he's familiar with Cantigny because he used to practice there during the winter.
Weber joined the American Junior Golf Association and captured his first victory at the 2012 McArthur Towel and Sports Future Legends, at the Legend of Bristlecone in Hartland, Wisconsin, a 54-hole stroke play event conducted by the AJGA. Over the three-day tournament, the rural St. Charles resident posted scores of 69-70-73, to capture the win over 72 other top-tier male junior golfers in the nation.
Returning to varsity play his senior year at Central after missing his junior year because of an eligibility misunderstanding, he helped lead the Rockets to a fourth place team finish in Class 2A and took overall individually at the IHSA State Tournament. Weber has his sights set on attending Indiana University in the fall, where he will study business and finance as well as play Division I golf for the program. Besides Indiana, Weber received offers from Northwestern, Illinois, Notre Dame and Virginia.
“I'm really excited. I had a lot of choices, but I really liked [Indiana's] coaches,” Weber said. “They have great facilities, and I'm looking forward to getting there.”
With his college plans settled, Weber can point his full attention to his upcoming tournaments. The pressure of the tournaments doesn't seem to bother him, as he has been playing golf since he was 7 years old. His father, Mark Weber, would bring him to Elgin Country Club, and it was there his love for golf sprouted. At the age of 12, Weber began to compete in tournaments through the Illinois Junior Golf Association.
Weber competed in the Illinois State Junior Amateur Championship, and had a one-stroke lead, shooting a one over par 72, heading into the final round. Weber ultimately surrendered the win to Brendan O'Reilly, who finished with a total score of 212. Weber finished fifth at 216.
Despite the tough loss, for Weber, he's just focused on “progressing as a player,” with all his tournaments and schooling ahead.
“I'm really looking forward to what is in store for me at Indiana, and I am definitely going to miss high school golf,” Weber said.