Only a sophomore, White Pigeon varsity golfer Blaine Shafer, our Safety Glasses USA Athlete of the Week for St. Joseph County, has played a major role this season in adding to the program’s rich tradition.
Last week he earned some recognition for that hard work.
At Saturday’s Lawton Invitational, the Chiefs brought home a Gold Division championship with a score of 361, edging Lake Michigan Catholic (363) and Lawton (365).
Shafer was runner-up with an 18-hole round of 85 after playing in subpar conditions.
“Blaine did not have his best game today but made good decision to keep his score respectable,” White Pigeon coach Mark Olsen said. “I think he struggled a little early with his driver and eventually stopped using it. He battled all day and played a strong second nine to shoot a good score.”
Shafer was third individually at Wednesday’s Southwest 10 Conference Championship at Klinger Lake Country Club, firing a score of 86. It was enough to secure the league MVP award and help the Chiefs close out the year atop of the league standings. He finished the conference season with a 39.75 scoring average for nine holes.
“Blaine has a very good understanding of the game and is much more confident about his ability to play from tee to green,” Olsen added.