Vogt signs to play golf at Pratt

Thursday, March 16, 2006

If Dylan Vogt is not in school and there's daylight left, he can be found out at the Cassville Golf Course.

The Cassville High School senior said he spends about 35 hours a week on the golf course, perfecting a game that he loves.

Vogt's hard work has paid off. On Monday, he signed a letter of intent to play golf at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan. In return, Vogt will receive a scholarship that will cover tuition and books.

"Dylan's opportunity to play college golf is a direct result of his strong work ethic," said Lance Parnell, CHS golf coach. "I think Dylan will be a very good player in college."

When Dylan joins the Pratt Beavers, he'll play alongside CHS teammate D.J. Meadows, who also signed to play with the junior college next year.

"I was talking to Randy Meadows (D.J.'s dad) and he told me I should look at some of the community colleges for golf," said Dylan. "I contacted Pratt, they offered me a scholarship and then I visited.

"It's what I want to do," said Dylan. "I want to play golf in college and see where it takes me."

Dylan's parents, Tina and Virgil Vogt, of Cassville, are very proud of their son's accomplishments.

"I'm just happy for him and happy he gets to play golf," said Virgil.

Dylan, a member of the CHS Wildcat varsity golf team, had an outstanding golf season last year. As a junior, Dylan was named to the All-Big 8 Conference and All-District first teams and was a state qualifier.

This season, Dylan hopes to repeat his conference and district honors as well as finishing in the top 30 at the state golf tournament.

With his eye on these goals, Dylan spends virtually all of his available time golfing. It's not uncommon for the senior to golf for three hours after school each day and then spend eight to 10 hours on the course on Saturdays and Sundays.

"He generally does not get back home until after dark each day," said Virgil.

"With the days getting longer, he'll spend more time golfing," adding mom, Tina.

Pratt Community College is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and is currently transitioning from a Division II junior college school to Division I.

The team, coached by Rod Snyder, competes in the Kansas Jayhawk Conference. In 2002-03 and 2003-04, the Pratt golf team won back-to-back Region VI championships.

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