Expectations will be big for top prep golfer

November 25, 2003|by TIM KOELBLE

Let's not put much pressure on the young man, but ...

Kevin Reiber could be the dominant Tri-State area scholastic golfer in 2004.

With a Pennsylvania golf championship under his belt, Reiber is The Herald-Mail's 2003 All-Area Player of the Year.

The Waynesboro junior teed up a come-from-behind charge to win the title, which culminated a memorable campaign that should only be bigger and better next year.

It's almost like Tiger Woods winning a major before he reached the legal age of consumption. Reiber won his title before he even got his driver's license, having turned 17 last week.

It's not like he played the same course every day of the week on the way to a season scoring average of 69.


"I worked hard last spring and thought at the beginning of the year I'd have a good season," said Reiber.

What an understatement.

He went out and became the youngest golfer in the 20-year history of the WACO Open to capture the championship at Beaver Creek.

"Winning the WACO ... that was a special win," he says of his achievement, which he ranks at the top of his successful list for 2003. "Being in the last group on the second day ... I never experienced that feeling."

At the conclusion of the scholastic season, Reiber fell behind in the Pennsylvania tournament on the first day by five strokes.

Undaunted, he told his coach (Ryan Henderson) he could shoot 1-under the second day and have a chance. Not only did he shoot a 2-under 69, he surged to victory by two strokes.

As much as Reiber loves golf, he says "it will be tough not playing as much in the offseason. You just got to get out and play as much as you can on the weekends."

Reiber, who honed his game with good friend Kenny Smith out of Penn National, won't be playing basketball this season at Waynesboro, the first year he'll sit out.

He's already got goals for next season.

"I want to finish first ... no other way," he said.

This 'n That

  • North Hagerstown 11-1. Thanks for a great season to coach Dan Cunningham all the way down from the players to the student managers.

  • OK, OK. Michigan brutalized Ohio State Saturday and now the Buckeyes have no shot at a BCS title game. But remember the answer to this question: Who won the last national championship?

  • I'll give Texas Christian more credit than not. They did last longer than I expected staying unbeaten before losing to Southern Mississippi last Thursday.

  • Poor Washington High School from Princess Anne County. What do you get for reaching Week No. 3 of the Maryland state football playoffs? A 270-mile one-way trip to Beall. Another good reason for neutral sites.

  • It's early in the NBA season and I've watched three more games on TV than last year, which was none. Of course, they've all been with LeBron James playing and I must admit that I am surprised at his early prowess which hasn't been that bad for a kid that should be a freshman in college.

  • Congratulations to colleague Andy Mason for his outstanding time in the JFK ultramarathon Saturday.

  • It's Thanksgiving week and everyone please enjoy your bird!

Tim Koelble is a staff writer for The Herald-Mail. His column appears every other Tuesday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2311 or by e-mail at

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