Sept. 25, 2012
GALESBURG—Cody Reiber’s hard work in the offseason is paying off in his sophomore season with the Carl Sandburg College men’s golf team.
A product of ROWVA High School, Reiber has won medalist honors in three of Sandburg’s six tournaments this fall, including Saturday’s Charger Classic at Lake Bracken Country Club.
“Over the summer I worked (at Lake Bracken) every day, so I played it a lot and really got to know the course,” said Reiber, whose 1-under-par 70 on Saturday also helped lead Sandburg to its second team title this season. “Home field advantage definitely helps.”
But Reiber’s also been successful away from the Chargers’ home course. He finished 1 over for 36 holes to take medalist honors and help Sandburg win the Highland “36” Invitational to start the season. Two weeks later he shot 70 and beat teammate Nick Gustafson in a playoff to win the Duane Chanay Invitational.
“I put in way more effort this summer than I have any other year,” said Reiber, who boasts an 18-hole average of 75.6 this season. “I was just a lot more focused on improving my game and getting better as a player.”
He even shot a course-record 63 in July at Lake Bracken and continued his hot play there over the weekend. Reiber was 4 under at the turn and got as low as 5 under after making a birdie on the 10th.
“I was hitting the ball really well, and when I got on the greens I knew exactly what the line was almost every time,” Reiber said. “There was a kid from Monmouth (College) playing with me, and he said he wasn’t having a very good round but he was having fun watch me light the course up.”
Reiber is on track to graduate in May with his associate in science degree and hopes to continue his golf career at a four-year college, but he still has some unfinished business to take care of before he moves on from Sandburg.
“We have one more tournament (Friday’s PrairieView Classic in Byron) and then regionals,” Reiber said. “Hopefully I can play well at regionals and get to nationals as an individual, but I really want us to get there as a team.”