In just a couple of years of playing, Nashville's Jessica Weihe has experienced a lot of good things on the golf course. After signing to play golf with Kaskaskia College, she will have the chance to see even more.
Weihe only started playing golf in her junior year, but she took to the game almost immediately.
“My dad wanted me to play my freshman year, but I didn't start playing until I was a junior,” she said. “It was definitely different, because I was used to playing volleyball, but I liked it right away.”
It was an eventful two years, as Weihe was a part of the Hornette teams that finished fourth before winning the championship her senior year.
“I was really fortunate to play on the team,” she said. “I played with some really good players, and I learned a lot.”
Nashville coach Doug Kell had the chance to watch her game develop and improve in her two years.
“Jessica was a great teammate and a really hard worker,” he said. “She came in without a lot of experience and improved a lot in just two years.”
She certainly had a chance to play in some big matches, and her scores showed a substantial improvement. Her 2-day score in her senior year was 22 strokes better than the total from her junior year, concrete evidence of her developing game.
Weihe's potential combined with a winning pedigree were big factors in earning a spot on the Blue Angels golf team, according to KC coach Jay Garrett.
“She hasn't been playing long, but she comes from a program that has won,” he said. “One of the reasons I want her on the team is because she has that winning mentality, and that's contagious.”
Her plans already included attending KC to study in the physical therapy assistant program, so the chance to play golf was a bonus for her.
“I was already planning on going to KC, so when the offer came I figured I might as well,” she said with a chuckle. “I'm looking forward to it, and I think it will be a great experience.”
The biggest transition for Weihe will be playing longer courses, so she knows she will have to get stronger off the tee. But she will have some friendly faces there to help her make the next step in former teammate Katelyn Morris and classmate Madi May.
“She'll have two former Hornettes playing with her, so that will help her,” Garrett said. “She already has a good foundation, and we'll help her keep developing her skills.”
Pictured are (seated) Bryan and Beth Weihe (parents) and Jessica Weihe. Standing is Nashville Golf Coach Doug Kell .
Story written by Travis Volz of the Nashville News.