WCHS golf standout chooses college

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Blake Vogdes, BLAKE VOGDES Blake Vogdes, a rising senior at Wildwood Catholic High School, will play his college golf at Temple University.

Vogdes made a verbal commitment to accept athletic scholarship money from the Division I school during a recent unofficial visit to its main campus in North Philadelphia.

Vogdes chose Temple over Rutgers, Florida Atlantic, Florida Gulf Coast and Penn State, among others.

“I always wanted to go down south to a big-time school and a top team but one of the things about going down south is that you get no break. You’re playing golf 365 days a year,” Vogdes said. “At Temple, we’ll get a two-month break and that attracted me. I also really like the coach (Brian Quinn) and how the team’s done the last few years. Some of their individuals have done really well. They’re very good for a northern team.

“Going into the visit, I wasn’t sure if I’d be interested in Temple but then I absolutely loved the campus. I like the way they treated their athletes and they seem to take their golf program really seriously.”

Vogdes averaged 36.1 strokes per nine holes during league play in the spring, the second-lowest total in the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. He led the Crusaders to a share of the CAL National Conference title with Middle Township, representing Wildwood Catholic’s first-ever conference title in golf.

In May, Vogdes qualified for golf’s Tournament of Champions for the second straight year after finishing second in the Non-Public B sectional tournament. He also finished third at the Cape-Atlantic League individual tournament.

Vogdes said he plans to major in business at Temple.

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