Some people dream of a European vacation. University of Illinois Springfield junior golfer Jacob Wherley has made it happen.
The 20-year-old is headed for Scotland and one of the oldest golf courses in the world and the birthplace of the sport: St. Andrews.
He will participate with the USA Athletes International team in the IGI Series Aug. 5-13.
It’s across the pond for Wherley and 10 other Great Lakes Valley Conference golfers as well as University of Missouri-St. Louis coach Troy Halterman, who is overseeing the team.
When UIS men’s and women’s golf coach Frank Marsaglia approached Wherley with the offer, he was immediately interested. Players were recommended for the team based on athletic skill and their ability to represent their school and country in a positive manner. They also had to pay for their trip.
“I didn’t beg my parents, but I said I’ll never get this opportunity again and they agreed,” said Wherley, an Ozark (Mo.) High School graduate. “It’s a trip of a lifetime. I couldn’t really pass it up."
The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on July 24, 2013.
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