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The dedication of North junior golfer Michael VanDeventer doesn’t leave room for much of an offseason.
However, his hard work seems to be paying off.
Last weekend, VanDeventer competed against the best in the state at the Indiana Golf Foundation’s Oakley Hoosier Junior Championship, held at Otter Creek golf course.
VanDeventer finished first, shooting 74 last weekend for a two-day total of 147 — just 3-over-par.
“I knew I had a chance to win if I played well, which I was expecting to,” VanDeventer said. “The conditions made it tough, and I was proud of my performance.”
North had six players in the event, and North head coach Doug Bieker said it didn’t shock him to see one of his players come away with the title.
“It was a nice thing to have six of our guys in the event,” Bieker said. “They spend so much of the year rooting for each other, and there was a lot of support there. It was a great win for Michael, I’m very proud of him.”
Jake Coffey, Christian Fairbanks, Ian Smith, Zackary Lee and Tanner Bennett were the other competitors from North. Coffey tied for 10th, while Fairbanks tied for 17th.
VanDeventer said he was aware of the tough competition going into the tournament, including Zionsville’s Adam Wood, ranked No. 4 in the nation.
“I knew Adam Wood had been playing extremely well,” VanDeventer said. “I knew he would be tough to beat, as well as my own teammates that I was up against. We have a lot of talented guys.”
Both VanDeventer and Bieker have high expectations for North’s upcoming season.
“We only lost one of our top five players,” VanDeventer said. “We should have a pretty strong team again this year.”
When asked about college endeavors concerning his sport, VanDeventer said he would like to play but is just beginning the process. However, Bieker has high expectations for the young talent.
“Michael is a tough competitor,” Bieker said. “He doesn’t let outside influences affect him. He understands that golf is a very mental game and has the physical game to compete at a high level. He certainly woke up some colleges this weekend.”
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