SHERBURN - Cordell Weber will pack his golf bag and take his smooth left-handed swing to Colorado State University in the fall of 2014.
The Martin County West senior three-sport standout officially signed his national letter of intent on Tuesday to tee it up for the Division II men's golf program in Pueblo, Colo., next season.
"I've wanted to play college golf since I was in eighth grade," said Weber, who will return to the prep hardwood court next Tuesday night for the start of his fourth varsity basketball campaign. "I enjoy playing basketball and football in high school, but I've always had more drive to be successful in golf.
SIGNING TIME — Martin County West’s Cordell Weber (right) signs a national letter of intent Tuesday in Sherburn to play golf for Colorado State University in Pueblo, Colo., next season. Maverick head golf coach Jeff Ross looks on. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
"Once I won the (Section 2A, South) sub-section championship as an eighth-grader, I've kept striving to get better every year on the golf course."
After a glance at his medalist-packed high school golf resume, Weber probably has exceeded even his own expectations during his outstanding career in the fairways.
"Coach has really helped me improve the mental aspect of my game since seventh grade," Weber said in reference to Maverick mentor Jeff Ross. "I probably didn't listen to him as much as I should have back then, but ever since I have taken his advice, I've gotten a lot better."
After earning all-Valley Conference accolades via a top-10 finish during his varsity debut as a seventh-grade phenom, no other rival golfer has won the league's individual boys championship over the past four years.
While four consecutive conference crowns heading into the upcoming spring season is impressive, even more awe-inspiring are Weber's three South Sub-Section titles from 2010-12 and a runner-up showing in 2013.
But it does not stop at that level as the Maverick senior sensation also has won the Section 2A Meet individual crown twice (2011 and 2012) to complement a fourth-place showing in 2010 and a silver medal a year ago.
Ironically, six months from now, the four-time state qualifier will look to return to the putt-sinking form that guided him to the 2012 Class A state title and a sixth-place state medal in 2013.
And Weber believes that his return to his home high school course - Fox Lake Golf Club outside of Sherburn - in the upcoming spring will help him pencil in low numbers for a sixth straight prep season.
"Some golfers look at Fox Lake and think because it's somewhat short distance-wise, that it's an easy course, but that's not the case," Weber said. "Pebble Creek (Golf Club), the site of the Class A state tournament in Becker, actually resembles Fox Lake, although its length is longer.
"Both courses are so narrow that ball placement is very important, and you have a number of hazards to look out for."
After his final season on the prep links, Weber will get prepared for his first collegiate campaign in Pueblo, Colo. - a city with a population of 100,000 located 40 miles south of Colorado Springs.
"I visited a number of schools and didn't really enjoy some of the big campuses. That's one thing that helped me make my decision. The Colorado State campus was not too big, but not too small either," Weber said in reference to the school's enrollment of nearly 5,000 students.
"The other reason I chose to go there was the coach (Josh Koschke). He's been there five years and really turned their golf program around," said Weber. "He's coached a number of individuals to the Division II national tournament, and sets his goals high."
With three of CSU's top golfers returning next season, Weber hopes to make the cut for the traveling team as a true freshman.
"They only take five on the road, and hopefully I can earn one of those two available spots," said Weber.
"It's all about course management and trying to get players to understand that it's not about how far (you hit it), but how many (shots it takes)," said Ross. "Cordell and I have spent many hours talking about the mental side of the game over the years.
"If he sticks to what he's comfortable with and stays focused, he'll have a lot of success at the next level."