Storbeck to receive Phil Joselyn Inspirational Award

Ventura’s Thomas Storbeck’s world was turned upside down in 2019. 

Following a push from a close friend to be examined, an MRI conformed Storbeck’s fears – a rare spinal cord issue – which led to a laminectomy – that forced the removal of the T-11 and T-12, plus the L-1 and L-2 vertebrae.

An operation on his spinal cord was needed, one that left a 10-15% chance of Storbeck being paralyzed.

Fast forward to 2021 and Storbeck (pictured above), who now is enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa, is back on the course inspiring others follow his successful surgery at Mayo Clinic and lengthy rehabilitation process. 

Storbeck was recently honored for his courage and competitive spirit by being selected to receive the Phil Joselyn Inspirational Award. Storbeck will accept his award at the IGA’s Annual Award Banquet in December at Glen Oaks Country Club.

Joselyn (left), who won the 1960 Fort Dodge Amateur, served as President of the IGA from April 1989 through April 1991. Joselyn also served as honorary captain of the IGA’s Iowa Cup team in 2013. Joselyn served the USGA for 20 years on the Sectional Affairs committee from 1990-2004, then Regional Affairs committee from 2004-2010. 

Joselyn, who passed away in 2018, was proud supporter of the Iowa Golf Association and active participant for many years in its championships. His positive attitude, love for competition and ever-present smile was always present IGA events.

Read more about Stobeck’s inspiring story back to the course written by Zach Martin of the Globe Gazette by clicking here.

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