After one of the best rounds in his career, Sam Schoeberl is reaching for new heights.
The Bishop LeBlond freshman-to-be recently shot a 79 at a local qualifier for the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships and is now set to be one of 700 of the world’s top golfers to play next week in Miami.
“I’m really excited. I think it will be a lot of fun to play some beautiful courses down there,” the 14-year-old said. “I’m blessed to have this opportunity.”
Schoeberl shot a round of 79 at Tiffany Greens in Kansas City, Missouri, qualifying him for the three-day tournament at Trump National Doral. Already one of the top junior amateurs in the entire state, Schoeberl’s game is now going global.
He can be seen practicing nearly each and every day at the St. Joseph Country Club and is part of another wave of young golfers taking St. Joseph high schools by storm.
“I love it. I love golf,” Schoeberl said. “I practice every day I can to get better, because I wanna be good.”
Schoeberl will leave Sunday and arrive in Miami before a day of practice rounds, ceremonies and long drive contests Monday. He will then play in rounds Tuesday and Wednesday before being flighted into one of two remaining tournaments for one last round.
The top 70 golfers advance to the finals, while the remaining golfers will move to the Clash of the Challengers, with awards given out to the best from both flights.
Coming off the best round he can remember, he is continuing to work in preparation for his biggest tournament yet.
“I’d like to shoot 70s, but different courses, nice courses, might shoot 80s,” Schoeberl said.
Whenever Schoeberl feels he’s in a funk or off his game, he leans on local pro Mike Habermehl for advice. The former Western coach sees greatness ahead for the budding star.
“He works very hard on his game. He’s out there every day hitting, chipping, practicing, playing,” Habermehl said. “Everything he’s gotten he’s earned. He’s got talent, but he’s worked very hard for that talent, too.”