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St. Joseph's Kerry Culberson dedicated to his golf game

By jhornberg
March 28, 2010 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2010 at 10:28 p.m.

Senior Kerry Culberson lines up a shot after the St. Joseph tournament on March 13 .

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TAPPS DISTRICT 3-4A GOLF TOURNAMENT

Today, shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. at Colony Creek Golf Course

What's next after district?

After the district tournament, the top four finishing teams advance to the regional tournament at Weston Lakes in Fulshear on April 12. All of the players from the top teams advance regardless of score, said St. Joseph golf coach Jack Lee.

Kerry Culberson has put a lot of time into developing his swing. He's been playing golf seriously since starting at St. Joseph, and has been around the sport since he was younger.

But it isn't enough.

He said he practices as often as he can with Breene Cantwell at Victoria Country Club to work on all aspects of his golf game, and to keep improving.

"I'm out there almost every day, just to work on my golf game and get my swing where I need it to be," he said. "To me, it's not perfect."

The senior golfer for St. Joseph and the rest of the Flyers' boys and girls golf teams will test their skills today against the rest of TAPPS District 3-4A at Colony Creek Golf Course, attempting to win a district championship.

Along with St. Joseph, participants at the tournament include Corpus Christi Incarnate Word, Corpus Christi John Paul II, San Antonio Texas Military Institute, San Antonio Christian and Austin Hyde Park, said St. Joseph's golf coach Jack Lee.

And of his teams, he said he's expecting both teams to do well, but that the competition will be stronger on the boys side. He said Culberson has had success in practice rounds, and that the team is ready for the tournament.

"He played a practice round [Sunday] and was even par on the front side," Lee said.

Lee said he is looking for the girls' team to play well today, saying they are familiar with their competition. A few of the teams, including Incarnate Word, played two weeks ago in the St. Joseph tournament on the same course, with the Lady Flyers finishing ahead of their district rivals in the tournament.

"We played these girls before and had good success," he said.

It's all a matter of the mental and physical aspects of the game coming together on the course for Culberson, said his father, Alan.

"Breene has nothing but good things to say about him. ... He says the swing's there, it's just putting it all together at the same time," he said.

He's set for college also. Culberson has already been accepted to Texas Lutheran in Seguin, and he said he's hoping to play golf there.

"I'm hoping to, but right now I haven't heard back from the coach," Culberson said. "I'm already accepted, and I've made my choice. I like the school."

His mother, Jane, said he didn't get serious about playing golf until he reached high school, but had been exposed to it when he was younger.

"He started off taking golf camps when he was young, and played different sports through junior high," she said.

"He's got the mechanics, he's got the swing and all that going for him," she added.

Both parents said they don't always come out to watch their son play, mostly out of his interest. When the tournament is out of town and they accompany him, they will watch him play, but when it's in town, they said more often than not they will try to stay out of his way.

"I'll come out at lunch, [Jane] might follow him around," Alan Culberson said. "Sometimes, we just let him go so he doesn't have to worry about mom and dad sitting there staring at him."

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