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2015 Kansas Junior Golf Scholars


Nathan Gamache, Halstead (Bethel College)

"Telling people I am a golfer feels good", says Nathan, because golf has instilled in him a "strong work ethic" and because "golf is a game of class and integrity." His work ethic allowed him to work as a bank teller, tutor younger students, and serve on Student Council, all while maintaining top grades. Nathan plans to be a maxillofacial surgeon, and has been admitted to the Harvard Congress of Future Physicians, and honors-only program for high school students planning to go to medical school.

Wade Niermeier, Hoxie (Barton Community College)

Wade's view of golf is that it is just like life: hard work and dedication pay off and, like Bobby jones, one learns more from mistakes than successes. Wade loves golf exactly because he's a self-described "average" golfer, so he can always find room for improvment. This attitude will serve him well, as he hopes to take over his family farm business after college. It was evident in his high school years, as he played football, basketball, and golf all four years, earned his Eagle Scout Award, and was active in FFA.

Caleb Oeding, Wichita (Kansas State University)

Playing golf and playing the clarinet: in Caleb's mind, they're similar because each requires skill and practice. And he has shown he can handle both: Caleb was principal clarinetist for both the Wichita Youth Symphony and the Wichita Wind Ensemble, and a varsity golfer at Maize South High School. he will study Engineering at K-State, and is interested in serving with Engineers Without Borders. 

Carly Rasmussen, Topeka (Kansas State University)

Carly has always been "academically focused", and was excited to become a student athlete when she played golf starting her freshman year. Golf helped her overcome self-consciousness and improved her confidence and mental toughness, and success followed: her golf team won consecutive State Championships and she placed 3rd individually as a Senior. She put her skills to good use in class as well, and will graduate #1 in her Washburn Rural High School class. Carly will study Chemical Engineering at K-State. 

Jayce Yoder, Topeka (Bethel College)

Golf has "helped shape me into who I am today", says Jayce. He sees golf as "a sport of honesty, intergrity, and respect" appreciates the "independent and reflective nature of golf". Jayce participated in The First Tee of Shawnee County and on the varsity golf team at Topeka high School. His other passion in life is music, and Jayce plans to double major in Music Ministry and Business. Jayce is the second Kansas Junior Golf Scholar in his family - brother Jevin, a Scholar from 2013, studies Interior Architecture and Product design at K-State.