Weaver ’20 Sweeps State Amateur Tournaments

Weaver ’20 after he completed a feat no other golfer was able to accomplish—sweeping the top amateur golf tournaments in Missouri.

During his time at Priory, Weaver was a Metro Conference Player of the Year as a junior, a two-time all-state golfer as a freshman and sophomore, and helped the Ravens win the Class 3 Missouri State High School Championship as a sophomore.

Playing golf at Priory, according to Weaver, ranks right up there with some of the most enjoyable experiences of his life. “I go back in my phone all 

the time to look back at all the memories I’ve had from those days. A few of those teams include friends that I’m still very close with today. I’m extremely grateful for those years and all the memories I get to look back on.”

After graduating from Priory, Weaver attended Villanova University. “I chose Villanova for golf because it had the smaller school vibe I was looking for as well as a reputable engineering program.”

He added, “Similar to Priory, Villanova has a monastery and church on campus run by Augustinian friars, which made me feel right at home when I got here.”

Adjusting to college life as a student-athlete can be challenging for anyone, but not for Weaver, and he attributes that to his time at Priory. “The rigors of being a student-athlete at such a demanding school like Priory prepared me extremely well for the student-athlete life in college. I learned a bunch of skills at Priory that have translated very well to Villanova.”

“Knowing how to budget my time and how to prioritize myself are at the top in terms of skills that I’ve carried to this day from those years.”

In his three years at Villanova prior to the summer of 2023, Weaver found himself consistently improving. After being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team as a sophomore, where he set a program record for lowest stroke average at 72.26, a mark that was held since the 2009-2010 season, Weaver moved up to the All-BIG EAST First Team in 2022-2023.

Peter Weaver '20 senior photo

This past year alone, he was the league’s third ranked player, broke his own program record for single season scoring average at 71.91, set multiple single season bests in birdies (109) and par or better rounds (14).

He had a lot of momentum heading into the summer and was no stranger to the Missouri Amateur, St. Louis District Golf Association’s Griesedieck Championship, and the Metropolitan Amateur.

“It was my fourth time playing the Missouri Amateur with my best finish being tied for ninth at The Club at Porto Cima. It was going to be my sixth time playing at the Griesedieck Championship where my best finish was third, while it was going to be my third time playing the Metropolitan Amateur where I also placed third.”

“Coming into that summer I was pretty sure it was going to be my last summer of golf before having to look for a job after graduation,” says Weaver. “

This gave me a little extra motivation to play well and not let my last summer slip by. I had high expectations for that summer. I had a good junior college season where I was lucky enough to receive All-BIG EAST First Team honors, so I was ready to continue that momentum into the summer events.”

First up was the Missouri Amateur where it was a 10-round, seven-day tournament, and he came away with the win, scoring three birdies on the final five holes for the victory.

“That was a really special week,” Weaver says. “It was my biggest win for sure up to that point, which was really big for my confidence for the rest of the summer.”

Peter Weaver '20 at the 116th Amateur Championship

Up next was the STLDGA Griesdieck Championship - a course Weaver has played many times growing up.

“There are a few more things I’d like to accomplish before my college career is over BIG EAST Player-ofthe-Year is a huge honor and a big goal of mine for the final semester. Additionally, I have a scoring average goal of under 70 for the year. As a team, a BIG EAST Championship would be the icing on the cake for my time here at Villanova."

“On the 18th hole of the final match, I was down one in the match after 17 and knew I needed something special on the last to hopefully send it to extra holes,” he says. “I ended up holing out my approach shot from 93 yards to win the hole and eventually won the match on the fourth playoff hole. That shot was the greatest moment of my golfing career.”

Now with two victories under his belt – Weaver was unaware about the history he could make at the Metropolitan Amateur until the day before the tournament, which added a little bit of extra pressure to the week.

“I played well all week with just a short stretch during the second round not playing my best,” Weaver stated. “I remember being one stroke back with two holes to go with the leader on the hole behind me. The 17th hole at Persimmon Woods is a narrow tee shot with a bunch of trouble off the tee.”

He added, “My tee shot ended up in the right first cut leaving me with 157 yards to the pin in the back right of the green. Knowing I’d likely need at least one birdie on the final two holes, I hit one of the best 9 irons of my life to about three feet for a comfortable birdie.”

“The 18th was a bit adventurous, but I came away with a par. I had to wait for the group behind me to finish up, and I was able to win by one shot.”

With three tournament wins in a summer all wrapped up, holding program records at Villanova, being a two-time All-BIG EAST selection—now what?

“There are a few more things I’d like to accomplish before my college career is over,” reflects Weaver. “BIG EAST Player-of-the-Year is a huge honor and a big goal of mine for the final semester. Additionally, I have a scoring average goal of under 70 for the year. As a team, a BIG EAST Championship would be the icing on the cake for my time here at Villanova.”


Peter Weaver '20 at the 33rd Metropolitan Amateur Championship