It's been an amazing season for Kutztown senior golfer Shannon Weber. After winning her third straight BCIAA girls individual golf championship on Sept. 23. She went on to win her second straight District 3-AA girls' championship on Oct. 5, then was the champion once again at the PIAA Eastern Region Golf Championship Tournament on Oct. 15.
The three victories also earned her a spot in the PIAA State Tournament taking place Oct. 21 and 22 at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Her goal is to medal in the state tournament, which means she must finish in the top five. The way her season has gone so far, that sounds almost easy.
"This golf season has been extraordinary. I know I have come so far from four years ago, and even from last year,' said Weber. "I trained very hard over the summer with my instructor, Andrew Dawes. He's the best instructor I have ever had.
"This season has been full of laughs and fun, and is very meaningful because it's my last season as a high school student. The seniors on my team have supported me so much and I can't thank them enough for that. They are the best teammates anyone could ask for.'
Her victory at the Berks Tournament was by a whopping 10 strokes. She shot a 4-over-par 74 at Rich Maiden Golf Course. It was her best score in her four years participating in the event, shaving five strokes off her previous best.
Next was the District 3-AA Tournament, where she successfully defended her title with a two-round score of 150 (74 and 76) at Briarwood West Course in York. This time she won by 12 strokes, nobody seriously challenging her.
The she did it again with a round of 76 at Golden Oaks Golf Club. Going into the match Shannon knew she had a chance for another victory.
"I felt I had a good chance at winning the tournament, but I just went out there, played my game and tried to shoot somewhere in the mid 70s.
"When I saw the leaderboard, I saw that I won by two strokes. It hit me that one of my friends from school told me a week prior that I would win this tournament by two strokes. It was the weirdest thing and very exciting.
"Winning the East Region Class AA tournament was one of the best feelings in the world. I was very excited that I accomplished another one of my goals I set for myself this year.'
Weber has been playing golf since she was three years old. Her father sparked her interest in the sport and she's been playing ever since. She loved the sport, but didn't feel she was going anywhere with it until she joined the high school team. That's when her game took off.
"The reason I'm playing at the level I'm at today is because one person encouraged me to keep playing golf,' said Weber. "That person is my former high school golf coach, Jesse Whitehouse. I don't know if he realizes it, but he's the reason why I continued with my golf career that I have today. I can't thank him enough for everything he has done.'
She also gives a lot of the credit to her dad.
"He would always tell me to never give up,' said Weber. "He has tried to come to all my events to support me. I know he is very proud of my accomplishments.'
Although her goal is to medal at states, she still has the hopes and confidence that she can win it all. That confidence has come from a season in which she has accomplished all that she set out to do - and maybe a little bit more.
"I'm definitely surprised with my success this season, because I've been consistently shooting scores in the 70's,' said Weber. "I hope to continue to do so as I move on to states. I'm very proud of myself and I've proven to myself that hard work does pay off.'