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Before the spring season began, Webster University golf coach Andrew Belsky said in an interview with The Journal that he felt like he had the best team in the history of the Webster golf program. Now that the 2011-2012 season is nearly over, Belsky believes his squad backed up that sentiment.
“I think that in the end, it proved out to be that way,” Belsky said. “We got a little bit of a slow start through the spring. The weather did not cooperate very well — though March was really nice, April was really bad. But in the end, we had an excellent year. I do believe that it proved to be the best team we’ve ever had.”
Juniors Kyler Scott and Steven Kinsman, as well as freshman Matt Vanderbeek, led the Gorloks all year. Freshman Tanner Rabb, the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year, joined the Gorloks in the spring after playing golf at Hanover College during the fall semester.
“I still think we’ve got a lot of guys who could be a decent player on almost any team,” Belsky said. “Before, we’ve always had like one guy that was really good. And I would say that for the most part, we had usually two or three guys that played really well (this year).”
During the fall portion of their season, the Gorloks won the Sept. 17 and 18 Anderson Fall Invitational and finished second in two events — the Sept. 25 and 26 Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational and the Oct. 2 and 3 Big Blue Fall Classic.
In the spring, Webster got off to a rugged start. But the Gorloks turned it on for the April 23 and 24 SLIAC championships. Webster coasted to a 35-stroke win by shooting a record-breaking score of 874. It was the fifth time in program history Webster has won the SLIAC title.
The Gorloks will end their standout season in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., to compete in the NCAA Division-III championships, which begin May 15. Belsky’s goal at the championships is to make the cut, which would mean a top-15 finish.
“If we can make the cut, then everything that we have set out for this year has been accomplished,” Belsky said.