Ask anyone about Dan Weimer and the first thing anyone wants to talk about is his character.
The Silver Creek senior golfer has become a mentor for teammates and opponents over the last three years. He posts high grades in the classroom and is respected by fellow golfers and opposing coaches.
It's only fitting and deserving Weimer will compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association golf championships at Cornell University on June 1-3 after making the cut at the state qualifiers this past Monday.
OBSERVER?Photo by Craig Harvey
Silver Creek’s Dan Weimer made the cut for the NYSPHSAA?championships with a 120 at Diamond Hawk this past Monday.
In 2011, Weimer missed the cut at the state qualifier by two strokes. Last season, he missed the cut by one stroke. This year, Weimer finally made the cut with a 120 at Diamond Hawk Golf Course.
"If anyone deserves it, it's him," Silver Creek coach Mark Baldelli said. "I have never had a kid who worked that hard in a long time. Danny is the most talented golfer I have had. He always wants to play the best. A lot of kids I had shy away from playing top talent. He wants to go up against them."
Weimer learned about leadership and how to be a good teammate from Jamie Miller who was Silver Creek's top golfer when Weimer was an underclassman.
"There is a lot you can say about leadership," Baldelli said. "Part of it was Danny had someone to look up to. He saw the way Jamie Miller took him under his wing. Danny is doing the same thing with kids in the area. They see how he acts. There is no better role model. I have been a coach for seven years and in education for 12 years. I have never seen a better role model. He is such a good kid. A lot has to do with his mother."
Cheryl Weimer, Dan's mother, was the one who introduced Weimer to golf when he was 12 years old.
"She has been there every step of the way," Weimer said. "I just want to thank her for everything."
Since then, he has played in Junior golf leagues and made the sport his life. When he isn't in school or competing, he is working at Tri-County Country Club in the pro shop.
"The first time I ever played in the Buffalo District Match Play, I won it," he recalled. "I knew I should stick with this. On those nice days, there is always that itch to go out."
Before Monday's state qualifier, Baldelli noted how much it would mean for him to see Weimer make it to states.
"It means everything," he said. "I know how hard he has worked. It would mean a lot to me because he is a good human being and works really hard at it."
And as humble as Weimer is, he gave credit to coaches in the area and his mother.
"I just want to thank my mom, Coach Mark and Jack Dugan from Forestville," he said.
As Weimer prepares to play his final weekend of high school golf, Baldelli has been reflecting on a great ride he has been on with Weimer.
"He has been a great kid," he said. "He is one of the best students I have ever had. I have seen him grow throughout the years. I can't say enough about him. He has been the best of the best in the area. He has good character. It's the little things he does. He takes his seventh-graders out and plays with them. All around, I don't think I have had a better student - not just because he is a good golfer, but because he is a good person."