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Golfing trio planning new course of action

April 29, 2005|by TIM KOELBLE

koelble@herald-mail.com

Three of the Tri-State area's top prep golfers have carded opportunities to continue playing while earning an education on the college level.

Waynesboro's Kevin Reiber, The Herald-Mail's two-time All-Area player of the year, will head to Towson University while high school teammate Chad Bricker will join the Penn State squad.

Meanwhile, Smithsburg's Andrea Grier will be heading to Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., to play in a fledgling program.

"This will be a new opportunity," Reiber said. "It's a three-step process of moving from junior golf to the college level and then hopefully to the next one."

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Reiber, who will attempt to become the first golfer to win the WACO Open three straight times in August, remembers his high school years fondly.

"They were the most fun you could have," Reiber said. "(Ryan) Henderson was awesome as a coach. And Chad and I were always pushing each other along. I think we made each other so much better."

Reiber's summer slate includes several tournaments, including the WACO and Dick Kelly Memorial, and USGA qualifiers.

Bricker will have an opportunity to play as a freshman at Penn State.

"There will be four freshmen coming in, so it will be a young team," Bricker said. "I really liked the school and am looking forward to the experiences."

Bricker, who was recruited by Maryland, drew some interest from the Nittany Lions after winning a Callaway Junior Series tournament at Penn State, where he met coach Greg Nye.

Bricker plans to play an extensive schedule this summer, including some local junior tournaments, the Pennsylvania Open and the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Nordbeck Country Club in Rockville, Md.

Grier follows in the footsteps of her sister Ashley into the college golf ranks. Ashley Grier is presently playing at the University of Central Florida. Division II Pfeiffer will be in its third season of women's golf.

"I visited Wofford and Wingate, but I really liked the facilities and Pfeiffer," Grier said.

Pfeiffer's home course will be the Old North State Golf Club, which is the second-ranked course in North Carolina, behind Pinehurst's fabled No. 2 course.

"The school has their own section of practice facilities at the course," said Grier, who plans to play in local junior tournaments and the Titleist Junior Tour this summer.

"Before my freshman year a lot of my friends were trying to get me to play soccer," Grier said. "But I thought the opportunities for me were in golf."

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