UIS golfer represents school at international event
This past summer, a member of the men’s golf team got the opportunity not only to travel abroad but was able to play on one of golf’s most famous courses – St. Andrews in Scotland. According to the UIS Prairie Stars website, “there are few opportunities for athletes to experience the competition, history and culture of other countries on an international level,” but for Jake Wherley, junior, this was an opportunity that he could not pass up.
Wherley was personally chosen by Coach Frank Marsaglia, for his athletic ability and ability to represent his country, school, and hometown in a positive manner.
Wherley, along with other select golfers from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, traveled to Scotland to compete in several friendly matches against Scotland club members. Other golfers from the GLVC that accompanied Wherley were Joe Atkisson and Chase Smith from University of Missouri St. Louis, Gabe Laske and Zach Tate from Drury University, Maryville University’s Michael Fowler and Nick Lees, Quincy’s Andrew Boudreau, Brandon White from Lewis University, Max Bowling from University of Indianapolis, and Garret Bianchi from Saint Joseph’s College. The team was led by UMSL’s head coach, Troy Halterman.
Wherley stated his favorite part of the trip was “the golf, and being with all the other guys that I compete against…being on the same team for once and getting to know them better.”
The team played on a British Open venue, and what Wherley calls a “bucket list course,” St. Andrews. For ten days, Wherley, and the rest of the GLVC team, played golf at St. Andrews. Wherely said, “To be able to play on a course that you see on television and in video games is just awesome.”
In addition to crossing things off of their golf bucket lists, the team toured Scotland, learning the culture and history. Helping to get this trip underway was the USA Athletics International, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide educational opportunities, facilitated through athletic competition.
Wherley enjoyed his time over in Scotland playing golf and getting to know his fellow golfers. And would like to one day return and play at St. Andrews again.