His season ended there, as he shot an 85 at an unfamiliar course, but Veeh wasn’t down afterward.
“It’s been fun,” he said after his season wrapped. “I did bad at Sterling Hills last year. I wanted to come back to prove I could play with the big boys and I did just that.”
Veeh more than held his own, he set the standard, advancing farther in the CIF Individuals than any area golfer this year.
For his efforts, and the results they produced, Veeh was voted All-Area Boys’ Golfer of the Year by the sports writers and editors of the Glendale News-Press, Burbank Leader and La Cañada Valley Sun.
Though the end result of the season was great, it was a tough year for Veeh. His play was inconsistent for most of league play and he sometimes shot in the mid-40s.
“I wouldn’t see his name in the paper,” Veeh’s golf instructor John Milligan said. “Every time I’d see him, I’d say, ‘Where was your name in the paper, did they forget to put your name in there?’ and he’d say ‘Naaah, I shot 42.’”
His slow start was caused by a few things.
His home course, Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, was closed for most of the winter months and reopened just shortly before the season started and he was barely able to practice before the season kicked in.
On top of that, Veeh can best be understood by the things he loves. He loves Metallica and Led Zeppelin. He loves playing guitar. He loves playing football — specifically linebacker.
“He could always hit it,” says Milligan, “but he just liked to hit it hard, that was more important than anything. He’d be in football mode.”
This season Milligan and La Cañada Coach Richard Tetu tried to help him with learning the soft touch.