Sand Valley Golf

2019

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B r y s o n Ga l b r e a th i s n't j us t a no th e r A s s um p ti o n st u d en t /a t hlet e w ho loop s a t S a n d Va lley. S u re he h o p e s t o p l a y o n We i se n b e c k ' s t e a m t h i s ye a r a s h e e nte r s G r ad e 9 , b ut h i s l o v e o f s p o r ts go e s d e e p e r th an j us t b a s k e tb a l l . B r y s o n i s th e k i nd o f s p o r ts - o b s e s s e d y o ungs te r w h o i m m e d i a te l y c o nne c ts w i th h i s go l f e r th ro ugh h i s v ast kno wl e d ge o f sp o rts and h i s o utgo i ng na - t u re. H e' ll i n t rod u c e hi mself , t he t ee shot i s st ru c k on t he fi r s t te e , a nd B r y s o n i s i m m e d i a te l y e nga ge d i n a n 18- h o le co nvers atio n ab o ut th e lates t g o ing s -o n in s po rts , whether it is the Milwaukee Bucks or the Brewers, or sim - p ly s o methi ng he p i c ked up o n ES P N. Earli er thi s s p ri ng, G alb reath had a o nc e-i n-a-li f eti me o p p o rtuni ty when he was c alled to c arry the b ag o f G reen B ay Pac kers quarterb ac k Aaro n Ro d gers . G alb reath, who was named Junior Caddie of the Year in 2017, said despite h a v i n g a p r e f e r e n c e f o r t h e N e w Yo r k G i a n t s , s p e n d i n g the d ay wi th Ro d gers was an i nc red i b le o p p o rtuni ty . "It was one of the coolest experiences when he showed up," said Galbreath. "He was just a cool, humble guy. He didn't really want to talk about him playing football—it was just like caddying for any other guy." Smits, who is hoping to attend UW-Madison to pursue a business degree next fall, says that he def- initely plans on returning to caddie at Sand Valley every summer until he's finished college. Over the last two years, three college-bound cad- dies at Sand Valley have successfully become part of the Evans Scholarship program, a historic award through Western Golf Association to help these stu- dents fund their post-secondary education. Two of the caddies receiving the scholarship were from Assumption. For Weisenbeck, Sand Valley has provided more than just an additional golf-related venture in the summers. He says that its impact on the community, especially for his young students, has been the great- est benefit. "If you're a kid right now, what an opportunity," he said. "And the people you get to interact with, it's great for them. It's nice to see them out there in the summer in a different setting than in practice—it's re- ally a great experience." It's nice to see them out there in the summer in a different setting than in practice— it's really a great experience. —Gary Weisenbeck A great sport SV

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