eGolf Tour Leading Money Winner Drew Weaver to Appear on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive”
By Stewart Moore
Charlotte, N.C. – In the summer of 2007, little-known Drew Weaver of High Point, NC ventured overseas to compete in the 112th British Amateur Championship at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Lancashire, England, and shocked the golf world when he walked away with a win. Over the past 10 weeks, Weaver’s play has again turned heads as a torrid seven-tournament run has vaulted him to the top of the eGolf Tour’s money list. On Wednesday morning, Weaver will appear on Golf Channel’s hit show “Morning Drive” to discuss the win at Lytham, this week’s Open Championship, and his ascension to the top of golf’s developmental tour ranks in 2012.
Weaver, who has arguably been the hottest developmental tour player in the country over the past two-and-a-half months, will appear on the popular morning show at 8:15 AM on Wednesday morning, as part of Golf Channel’s week-long coverage of the 141st Open Championship, which begins on Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.
Weaver’s knowledge of the famed course, as well as memories of his life-changing week in 2007, will be of keen interest to the viewers who tune in to get an insider’s guide to one of the world’s more heralded venues.
“It was a very fair golf course, but a very strategic one at that,” said Weaver, 25. “You have to drive it straight on virtually every hole. It’s the most demanding golf course, off the tee, that I’ve ever played – especially with all of the bunkers.”
Weaver’s win took the golf community by surprise, as it had been nearly 30 years (Jay Sigel, 1979) since an American player had won the prestigious title. In defeating Australian Tim Stewart 2&1 in the 36-hole final, Weaver earned exemptions into the 2007 Open Championship as well as the 2008 Masters Tournament.
“It was a life-changing week. Lytham will always be special to me,” Weaver said. “I went in with no expectations and caught lightning in a bottle. The key for me was to use it as a springboard and not as a burden. I’ve grown a lot since that week in 2007.”
Part of Weaver’s growth has been his maturation as a professional. After representing the United States in the 2009 Walker Cup, the former Virginia Tech star turned professional, and ventured onto the eGolf Tour in February of 2010.
Weaver, who now resides in St. Simons Island, GA, notched his first professional title in the fall of 2010 at the eGolf Tour’s Caddy For A Cure Classic, defeating Tadd Fujikawa and Fernando Mechereffe on the first playoff hole.
In 2012, Weaver has established himself as one of the professional game’s up-and-coming stars. With two wins and four runner-up finishes in his last seven starts on the eGolf Tour, Weaver has eclipsed the $100,000 mark in single-season earnings on tour, in turn becoming the seventh player since 2008 to do so, and the fastest to reach the six-figure benchmark.
The second of Weaver’s two wins came last week at the tour’s eighth annual Southern Open, where a birdie on the first playoff hole gave him an overtime victory over Bermuda’s Michael Sims, who posted the tour’s first round of 59 in the event’s second round.
With $101,813 in 2012 earnings, Weaver could be excused for eyeing his accomplishments with a bit of nostalgia. However, the down-to-Earth kid from High Point has opted instead to focus on what lies ahead, and what more he has to accomplish.
“It has definitely been nice to look back the past few days and appreciate what I’ve accomplished thus far,” he said. “It’s nice to sit back and reassess and set some new goals. But I don’t want to get complacent – I want to keep on pushing and see how much better this year can get.”
“Morning Drive” will air live from Golf Channel’s Orlando-based studio on Wednesday morning from 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM, with an extra episode from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, given the major championship week. The show has not yet announced other scheduled guests, but usually averages five to six per episode. Weaver is scheduled to appear on the show at 8:15 AM.
“Morning Drive” debuted in January of 2011 and was Golf Channel’s first foray into the arena of morning talk shows. Host Gary Williams, as well as a daily co-host, discuss news from the world of golf each morning, as well as news and commentary from other major sports, finance, pop culture and weather.
For more information on Drew Weaver’s appearance on “Morning Drive,” and the show itself, please visit www.golfchannel.com/tv/morning-drive/.