Tonganoxie’s Sandburg receives Kenneth Smith Award

07/17/2014 8:46 PM

07/17/2014 8:46 PM

As if his post-graduation vacation in Hawaii could not get any better, recent Tonganoxie graduate Drew Sandburg received an unexpected phone call as he was heading to the beach.

It was his former golf coach Jared Jackson calling to tell him he was selected to receive the Kenneth Smith Award which honors the top male golfer in the Kansas City area based on athletic performance, academic achievement, leadership and community service.

“I did not think I would be the one that would win it with all the Kansas City schools coming out to Tonganoxie,” Sandburg said. “It means the world to me.”

It did not come as much of a surprise to Jackson though, who nominated Sandburg after he placed in the top three in nine of his 10 tournaments this season including winning the Kaw Valley League Tournament and finishing second at the Kansas Class 4A state tournament.

“The consistency was just uncanny being able to nine out of 10 times place in the top three,” Jackson said. “I think it shows the maturity of an individual who doesn’t let the highs and lows get to them too much.”

Sandburg carried the same dedication to the classroom where he ended his career with a cumulative grade point average of 3.97 while being named to the school’s academic honor roll every semester.

He also served on Tonganoxie’s Students Respecting Students organization which seeks to combat bullying in the school.

Sandburg will continue his career at Washburn University where he plans to major in accounting and finance.

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