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Cherokee Bluff senior Palmer Weaver takes home first in Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament
Rising Cherokee Bluff senior Palmer Weaver poses with the first-place plaque from the Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament held on Sunday, June 9, 2018 at the Château Élan Golf Club in Braselton. - photo by For The Times

When Palmer Weaver two-putted to a par on the 18th hole at Château Élan Golf Club in last weekend’s Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament, he wasn’t entirely sure if it was good enough for a win. With a few more participants finishing behind him, there was no way to know if his even par 72 would earn the rising senior at Cherokee Bluff first place. 

“I knew I did good, but whatever happens happens,” he remembers thinking.

He never needed to worry. 

Weaver matched five birdies with five bogeys over 18 holes to top the 16-18 age group, winning the first non-high school tournament he had entered in roughly five years. 

“A couple of days before the tournament I had gotten a lesson and straightened everything out,” he said. “That really helped me a lot. When I got out there, everything was just clicking for me.”

An avid golfer in middle school, Weaver took a break from the sport after seventh grade to focus on basketball. 

But he decided to played both sports as a junior at Cherokee Bluff, culminating in a second-place finish at the Hall County championship earlier this year. Weaver said he chose to get back into golf because of the opportunities it could afford him later in life.  

“I really saw a future in golf,” he said. “I feel like if I just commit 100% to it I could have a chance of going to college for it and having a future or getting a job in the golf industry. I just decided to go full-time golf.” 

For the remainder of the summer, Weaver plans on playing — and winning — a couple more tournaments. But what he’s most excited for is next year’s high school season. 

With a couple new players expected to join the team next year, Weaver said he believes the Bears could have a good chance to compete for state title in the program’s second season.

“We can probably contend for state,” he said. “That would be pretty cool if we can go to state.”

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