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May 10, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: South Vermillion golfers to join teams at DePauw, Wabash

TERRE HAUTE — Two seniors at South Vermillion High School have enjoyed success on the links and intend to play college golf in the state.

Brandon Bekkering is ranked No. 1 in his class with a 4.00 grade-point average — that is all As — and will go to DePauw, where his coach will be Vince Lazar. He plans to major in biology and political science with an emphasis on pre-law.

Logan Burdick is ranked sixth in his class and will attend Wabash, where his coach will be Mack Petty. He is not sure about his major. “Mom would like for me to major in law,” Burdick said recently.

Bekkering says he was about 3 when he first played golf. His dad, Tom, has been greenskeeper at Matthews Park for more than 30 years and his stepdad, Scott Hess, formerly was the PGA pro at Geneva Hills. “He [Hess] has helped me a lot and getting my swing down,” he said.

Bekkering was medalist in sectional and Western Indiana Conference matches last year and just missed qualifying for the state. “I had a two-shot penalty for testing the surface … and missed by one shot of going to state. The USGA later said it was not a penalty,” he noted.

His goal, therefore, is to make it to state this season as well as helping the team win its second sectional in school history.

His low round in high school has been 31 at Forest Park as the team set a school record, shooting 141.

Burdick also says he was 3 or 4 when he started playing golf. “My grandfather got me started,” he said.

He has tied for medalist honors twice this season in multi-team tournaments, in the Terre Haute South Invitational and in the Greencastle Invitational. He lost the South playoff to Thomas Goss and beat Nick Brotherton in the Greencastle playoff.

He said he has been helped in his game by Hess and former Rea Park pro Jon Holloway. “I’m playing a lot better this spring,” Burdick said.

He has played in some of the summer tournaments and Terre Haute junior city and took first in the first flight in the Spaghetti Open last summer.

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