Brevin Weaver has had quite a great career as a member of the Garaway golf team. With a 78 at the Div. III district tournament at River Greens, Weaver became a member of the four-time state-qualifier club, and on Friday and Saturday, Oct, 13-14, Weaver ventured on to the green grass of The Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University in Columbus to play in his final high school event.
After an opening day 83 left Weaver well on the outside looking in as far as a berth on the All-Ohio team, he and head coach Brad Nyholm had a good, old-fashioned sit-down chat the night before round two of the state tournament.
The discussion didn’t revolve around shot selection, how to circumvent the monstrous bunkers or ways to improve on his score. Instead, the coach and player talked about how Weaver could best enjoy the final 18 holes of his incredible career.
“We just had a talk about how there was no pressure,” Nyholm said. ‘This was going to be his last 18 holes of his high school career, and there was nothing he could do about it, whether he shot another 83 or a 71. It was still going to be his last 18 holes, so I told him to just go out and enjoy the experience.”
It turns out that posting a five-under score through the first six holes can make a guy feel pretty good about life.
Weaver was lights-out in his final round, firing a one-under-par 71 that took him from 34th all the way into the top 10, where he somehow pulled off what was seemingly unachievable: a spot on the Div. III All-Ohio team.
“I am really happy I was able to come back the second day the way I did and get to All-Ohio,” Weaver said. “I don’t think many people shoot an 83 and make it, but even before the day started after shooting so poorly on day one, I kept thinking to myself, ‘Just go out and play the best you can and see what happens.’ It actually happened. I feel very blessed.”
Weaver simply took over on day two, and he said that after seeing himself play so well on day two, he wishes he could have duplicated that performance on day one. However, he knows that golf can be a cruel and exasperating game, and therefore he will revel in the way things turned out.
As a four-year state qualifier, Weaver joins a list of Pirates who have experienced that kind of success over the past decade-plus with Garaway having qualified for state as a team 10 straight seasons before that string ended this year.
“I think that success and my success is a tribute to the coaches and the players’ willingness to go out and work during the off-season and play a lot of tournaments during the summer,” Weaver said. “I think what oftentimes separates Garaway players from a lot of guys is how well the coaches prepare us to handle things mentally, and today was no different for me. I didn’t do so well on day one, but I hung in there and stayed positive and in the moment, and I got off to an unbelievable day today and then just held on. I don’t think I’ve ever been in that situation where I have been that many under par that quickly.”
Nyholm said over the years he has seen a few kids get the kind of white-hot Weaver was over the first six holes, but it has never been a Pirate. Watching him carve up The Scarlet Course was truly enjoyable for the coach and the entourage following Weaver.
“It has been amazing to watch Brevin grow as a player and as an individual,” Nyholm said. “It’s great to see a kid like that end his career the way he has today.”
The Pirates have a talented group of youth coming back next season. This year’s squad included two freshmen and two sophomores among the top seven players, so expectations are incredibly high for Nyholm’s group. However, he said one of them will have to step into the number-one-man role and fill the big shoes of a four-year letterman who ended his career at one of the highest pinnacles of the game.
“We have a chance to have a very competitive year,” Nyholm said. “We just have to have someone step into the role that Brevin played for us this year. We have a lot of young talent, and we have a couple of JV kids who could step in and play big roles for us, but it is tough to replace a player like Brevin, who has meant so much to this program over the past four years.”
Weaver said with this being the end of a great career, he only wanted to go out and play as hard as he could, grind it out and enjoy the final round of his career. Thanks to a sparkling effort, the joy he gained went above and beyond what anyone could have thought possible after the struggles of day one.
That is a textbook example of how to stare down adversity and come through on the other side an All-Ohioan.