Surrounded by family members and friends at Montezuma-Cortez High School on Wednesday, Dimery Plewe became the latest member of her family to commit to playing golf at the college level when she signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at Idaho State University.
Plewe’s signing came on the heels of three solid seasons as a member of Dolores High School’s girls golf team, which has blossomed into one of the area’s most successful prep programs in recent seasons.
Plewe, who attends Montezuma-Cortez High School and finished 8th in Colorado’s Class 3A State Tournament last season and 23rd in the Class 3A State Tournament as a sophomore, said she made her decision to sign with ISU after visiting the school earlier this year.
“I love the golf program (at Idaho State), and when I went and visited the college and talked to the coach, it just clicked,” Plewe said. “I’m looking forward to competing at the college level and pushing myself. You have more time (to focus on golf) and everybody plays at a high level.”
Upon arriving at Idaho State in the fall of 2020, Plewe will join a program that finished 11th in the Big Sky Conference Championship last season and is looking to improve.
Head coach Dallen Atkins currently leads the young team, which includes seven underclassman and just one senior.
Atkins, who was hired prior to the 2018-19 season, serves as the PGA pro at Juniper Hills Country Club in Pocatello, Idaho, and received the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award in 2013.
Especially exciting for Plewe will be the opportunity to compete against older sister and M-CHS graduate Kiselya Plewe, who currently plays for fellow Big Sky Conference member Weber State University.
Plewe’s older brother, Hayden Plewe, also competes in the Big Sky Conference as a member of Southern Utah University, meaning the three Plewe siblings will likely meet up at multiple college tournaments next year.
“It will be super cool to see (my siblings) and compete against them,” Plewe said. “Having it be a family thing makes it more than just a sport.”
Prior to departing for Idaho State, Plewe will finish out a busy senior year at M-CHS, where she currently suits up as the starting point guard for her school’s basketball team. The senior is also hopeful to place well in this year’s state golf tournament, while adding to the many rich memories of her high school experience.
“I’ll always remember all of the help that I got along the way and I’ll remember my teammates,” Plewe said.
“You don’t remember every score, but you remember the memories that you make.”
Asked what advice she would give to young athletes in the local area who one day hope to stand in her shoes, Plewe said that having a strong belief in oneself and heeding the words of coaches is key.
“Just go for it and believe that you can,” Plewe said. “I wasn’t exactly thinking that I could make it to the Division I level when I started, but I talked to people and they believed in me. If you believe it, you can make it happen.”
Wise words, to say the least, from one of Montezuma County’s most successful student athletes.