Weaver's response to putting dream on hold? 'I do'
Unlike his competitors in next week's second stage of Web.com Tour Q-School, Drew Weaver knows he has no shot to advance.
That's because Weaver, the 26-year-old former Virginia Tech standout, faces a life-changing conflict: his wedding date.
Weaver is set to marry Elizabeth Bills, his girlfriend of five years, on Dec. 14 in their hometown of High Point, N.C. Should he qualify out of the Nov. 19-22 second stage in Plantation, Fla., he will not play the Dec. 12-17 finals at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
"It was definitely a tough decision," Weaver said. "But it would've been really tough to change the (wedding) date with all the things that had been done. We already paid a lot of deposits, sent out the invitations. . . . You're already that far in and you make all these plans. We wished we could've changed it, but it was a decision that both of us had to make."
Weaver, who got engaged last November, noticed the scheduling conflict in April. With moving the wedding not being an option, Weaver opted to try and Monday qualify for Web.com Tour events. He competed in 13 but failed on each attempt.
"I tried to play as many Mondays as I could, but that didn't turn out like I had hoped," said Weaver, who in 2007 became the first American since 1979 to win the British Amateur. He also played on the 2009 U.S. Walker Cup team.
The Associated Press reported that the Q-School dates were pushed back to accommodate players competing in the PGA Tour Latinoamerica season finale, the Argentina Open, which ends Dec. 8. This year also marks the first year that Q-School will offer Web.com Tour cards instead of PGA Tour cards.
"The hardest thing about it was there was that element of the unknown," Weaver said. "No one knew how far they'd push it back. I figured maybe they push it back a week, with Tuesday the 10th or Thursday the 12th being in my mind as the absolute worst case."
Weaver, who tied for fourth at first stage last month in Pinehurst, N.C., has never made it past second stage. Though he again miss out on final stage, he still can earn limited status on the Web.com Tour with a good performance at second stage.
With that, Weaver plans to earn spots in some early-season events. If not, there's always the Monday-qualifying route again.
"There have been guys who have started the season with little or no status, played well and earned their card," said Weaver, who has made three cuts in 10 career starts on the PGA Tour, including a tie for 40th in the 2009 U.S. Open. He also finished first on the eGolf Pro Tour money list in 2012 with $121,737.
"I just have to be aggressive early next year."
Aggressive, yet patient.
"If I continue to be patient," Weaver said, "good things will happen."
And he'll have his life's partner right there with him.