Weaver soaks up Greenbrier experience

Drew Weaver during the 2009 U.S. Open.

Drew Weaver during the 2009 U.S. Open.

WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – This time last year, Drew Weaver was preparing for the Walker Cup.

Friday, he was staring down a seven-foot birdie putt on No. 18 at The Greenbrier Classic to make the cut in his first PGA Tour event as a professional.

Weaver was the last golfer to tee off on Friday afternoon, and he made the very last shot of the round. It’s a safe bet to say that all eyes were on his putt.

He missed four inches right.

Devastated, he regrouped, made the par putt, and moved on mentally to his career on the eGolf tour.

“Nobody wants to be on the mini tours,” Weaver said. “I certainly feel I have the game to play on the Tour. It’s such a shame [missing the cut] because I had such a great summer and built a ton of momentum.”

Weaver recieved a call Saturday night that offered him a sponsor’s exemption through Polo and Crown Sports into the Classic. The 2009 Virginia Tech alum was a college standout. In addition to being on the Walker Cup, he was the first American to win the British Amateur since 1979. He earned spots in three majors. But he hasn’t been able to secure a permanent spot on the Tour.

After missing out on a Tour card at last year’s Q-school, Weaver took to eGolf. Next weekend he’s playing in the eGolf Tour Championship, which follows his appearance at The Greenbrier Classic and a 6th-place finish at the Forest Oak Classic in his hometown of High Point, North Carolina.

Weaver said his road to recovery has been beneficial.

“I’ve grown a lot mentally, and my game has matured,” he said. “I’ve learned how to manage myself on the road, I got out of the slump I was in, and I’ve gained confidence.”

While he’s preparing for the eGolf championship, his real aim is a date in October with Q-school. He wants to get on Tour, where fellow Walker Cup members Cameron Tringale and Rickie Fowler reside after qualifying last year. He wants to be with his friends, Brandt Snedeker and Brendan de Jonge. Mostly, he wants to make sure his year of preparation wasn’t for naught.

It was difficult to focus solely on golf while playing at Virginia Tech, he said. But now there are no academics to concern himself with – just him and the golf course.

The Greenbrier, he said, is helping him do the same.

“They’ve done a great job here,” he said. “I like being able to put a sport coat on for dinner. It makes it seem like a classier time. This tournament has nowhere but up to go.”

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