Gunner Wiebe started playing golf at the age of four after watching his father, Mark Wiebe, play in the PGA Tour. More than simply a family tradition, golf is a strong connection that he shares with his family. After beating USD’s golf coach Tim Mickelson, younger brother of Phil Mickelson, along with 100 other golfers for a spot on the Farmers Insurance Open back in January, Wiebe immediately called his father to share the news that he would be the only amateur player in the tournament. This was Wiebe’s first chance to play in a PGA Tour but it won’t be his last. His family supports him and his goals of playing in the PGA Tour by helping him stay grounded and focused. His father made it to San Diego in time for Wiebe’s practice rounds at the Open, provoking Wiebe to comment during an interview at the Open that his father always taught him "that golf always comes second to family."
"On the green is where I feel the most comfortable. There is always something missing unless I‘m on the golf course."
Wiebe’s personal success on the green has continued during the collegiate golf season. Recently at the Wyoming Cowboy Classic in early April, Wiebe’s performance on the course won him medalist honors, beating out the second place golfer from Cal State Northridge by two strokes. Wiebe and his teammates went on to place second overall out of twenty-four schools.
Wiebe plans to continue playing golf after his 2011 graduation, hoping to earn a place on the PGA Tour. For Wiebe golf is a natural part of his life and something that he will always be a part of. On the green is "where I feel the most comfortable," voiced Wiebe while casually swinging his club. "There is always something missing unless I’m on the golf course." With this ease and passion for the sport of golf, combined with his talent, it is easy to see how Wiebe will go far in his career.
Wiebe’s talent and dedication on the golf course carries over into his academic career where he is a communications major in the class of 2011. He has won the praise of communications faculty with his dedication to this education and his ability to balance his role as an athlete and student. Jonathan Bowman, PhD, remarked that "having Gunner as a student is a real pleasure. His confidence on the green translates great into the classroom: I can always count on him to be ready with an insight into the article we're reading or a joke to lighten the mood. When I saw him in the tournament, it was clear that his experience as a Communication Studies major at USD prepared him well to handle the press and to present himself in the most positive light."
To read about Wiebe’s WCC title, which he recently won, please visit the Union Tribune.