It took only one tournament for freshmen golfer Bobby Weise to be named A-10 Rookie of the Week.

Alongside schools such as Florida State, Loyola, Yale and host St. John’s at the Bethpage Red Course, Weise was able to stay poised and fire a 3 over par 73, and two 1 over par 71’s to finish at 5 over for the tournament. Good enough for T-22nd and best finish from the University of Rhode Island.

Weise had been prepared for collegiate level golf, however, by playing a packed tournament schedule over the summer leading into this year.

“You gotta be physically prepared, not only physically prepared but also mentally prepared to stay in it,” said Weise. “Each shot is pretty important when it comes to college golf.”

Weise first started golfing as soon as he could walk, keeping a club in hand and always hitting balls. An eastern New Jersey native, Weise grew up on courses such as Old York Country Club, Battleground Country Club and Eagle Oaks Country Club, all of which are in close proximity to his hometown. No stranger to big moments either, Weise won tournaments such as The Northern Junior, and had second place finishes in tournaments such as the UNC Tarheel Junior, the New Jersey Junior Qualifier and the MET Junior Qualifier, all in 2016. In 2016 Weise also earned All-Shore First Team accolades and was named district player of the year.

Among his distinctions and awards, however, Weise’s coach believes his character and personality stands out the most.

“I knew he was the type of person I wanted to go after first,” Coach Gregg Burke said. When asked about work ethic Weise said,“You can’t have million dollar dreams, with a minimum wage work ethic, that quote sticks with me through school and through golf.” Weise continued on to say, “I’m pretty self motivated, if there’s something out there I want, I’m dedicated enough to go get it.”

Since winning A-10 Rookie of the week, Weise has competed in two more tournaments, shooting a 3 over par score over 3 days to earn a T-31st at the Hartford Hawk Invitational at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club in Connecticut. Weise continued to play at the two day Quechee Club Collegiate Challenge in Vermont, shooting 8 over par and earning a middle of the field T-41st finish.