A WALK WITH A HAWK ... FEATURING: MIKE VEVERKA
Michael Veverka (pictured) is a competitive table-tennis player

Michael Veverka (pictured) is a competitive table-tennis player

Nov. 1, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It is 11 a.m. on a Thursday morning inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The halls are relatively bare, but a faint echo can be heard inside the student-athlete weight room. It is soon understood that the noise is from a group working out.

The entire group is working tirelessly, but one particular student-athlete stands out. The individual is not the tallest, strongest or most masculine of the bunch. He is busy trying to make himself better and is the vocal leader. Upon asking others who he is, many of his teammates provide that he is the hardest worker of them all.

He is junior golfer Michael Veverka.

Although small in stature, he stands much taller than his peers.

His academic and athletic resumes speak for themselves.

The former three-sport athlete at Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Md., has made an impact in his career at UMES. He began his collegiate career by playing in all eight tournaments as a freshman, finishing in the top-25 of four. His average of 82 was bettered by three points as a sophomore, where he was named Most Valuable Player for the 2011-2012 season.

So far this year, he has shot 75 three times and has sat under 80 in all but one round. He assisted the squad in picking up the lowest two-day score in school history when the Hawks shot a 598 at the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Invitational in Atlanta.

“Being a small guy, I have always had to let my work and performances do the talking,” said Veverka. “I always pushed myself to be the best I can be in anything that I do.”

His success on the links is rivaled by an impressive academic career. Veverka was named to the MEAC Commissioner’s All-MEAC team and was a member of the 2012 Golf Leaders All-Academic team. He also helped the golf team stand amongst the top-10 in GPA for all Division I men’s golf. It was his effort that propelled the Hawks to receive the highest GPA of all men’s sports at UMES last year.

The Brunswick, Md., product was a dual success story in high school, where he was a National Honor Society student and ranked among the top-5 of his graduating class. He was also on the baseball, swimming and diving and golf teams for the Railroaders. Veverka lists he greatest achievement as an athlete as winning the Antietam Invitational Golf Tournament.

The work ethic that Veverka has attained was developed in his younger years. He had to push through many setbacks, but was never afraid to fail. It was his ability to see that one can always improve – no matter what – that make him special.

“I am motivated by the fact improvements can always be made,” said Veverka. “You can always improve.”

Veverka lives and breathes the game of golf. When he is not on the course, he is busy studying in the Professional Golf Management Program at UMES. The entire golf atmosphere is what drew him to the institution.

“UMES is one of 20 PGM schools in the country,” said Veverka. “It is one of the two out of those 20 that allows PGM majors to play on the golf team. I have been able to travel all over the place.”

His ultimate goal is to play golf professionally, but he also aspires to be the head coach of a college golf team.

He will compete in one more tournament this fall when the team travels to Savannah, Ga., on Nov. 7 to participate in the Tiger Invitational. The event will last three days, before the team takes a three month break over the winter.

Three months may seem like a long time, but it is certain that the Hawks will be ready come spring time.

After all, the team does have one of the hardest workers and most competitive student-athletes at UMES leading them.

He is Michael Veverka.

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