With a seventh place finish at the provincial men's amateur golf championship and a trip to the national tournament, it's been quite the Summer for Humboldt's Mike Herperger.
The 23 year-old is set to head to the University of Mobile in Alabama for his second season with their golf program.
Herperger has been around the Humboldt Golf Club since he was three years old but it was in high school when he knew the game was special to him.
"Growing up I always strive to be a better player and then once high school came I started winning a few tournaments and I started traveling around the world. At the age of 16 I went to Scotland and when I was 18 I went to Scotland again and Australia and started to see some really good golf being played and I thought, hey maybe this could be me one day."
Herperger's seventh place finish at the provincial amateur was his second highest placing in the "six or seven" times he has competed. He admits it was a wild week in Estevan but he did achieve his goal.
"It was quite a week there, we had some tornadoes go through, the one day we had up to 100 km/h gusts. It was something with the weather but everyone had to play through it and maybe it was even better. My tournament wasn't the best I had played but you know what, at the end of the day I made it to nationals and that was the goal."
Herperger wasn't a member of Team Sask at the national event in Toronto but he did get an exemption. Herperger missed the cut shooting respectable back to back 80's.
He says he would have liked to placed higher.
"Wednesday I had a pretty busy day, we played 36 holes and you know it's an eye opener when you go to a course like we played here. It makes you see things a little differently and I think I played it a little passive. I needed to be more aggressive and think that I could have done better because I know I could have."
The fact that Herperger can even still play the game he loved little lone to this level is miraculous considering he was involved in a horrific motorcycle crash while traveling abroad a year ago. Herperger suffered three skull fractures and brain trauma in the crash. That was followed by 14 days in the hospital before he could even return to Canada to recuperate. Due to the swelling in his brain his eyesight was a question mark immediately which was his biggest fear.
"It was, it was a scary thing. My perception was one of the biggest things that happened to me and on the golf course when you are eyeing up a shot you need your perception and it really scared me."
His eyesight has restored itself and he really has no lasting effects from the injuries and with that in the past Herperger has taken a new lease on life. The motorcycle crash didn't slow him down and now his focus is to make it to the top of the golfing world and joining the PGA Tour.
"At the end of the day it's a dream for me and I am going to keep working hard to get to that goal. Coming to this tournament for the second time(he played the men's national amateur in 2010) I've seen a lot of great players, I've been around the world and seen a lot more great players but at the end of the day I am going to work hard towards it and I am going to try to get there."
Last season Herperger's team set a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics record for lowest team score with the U of Mobile, unfortunately they just missed the national championships, he adds that is their goal heading into this season.
You can hear much more from Herperger in his interview with Bolt FM's Clark Stork below.