December 5, 2020

Golf earns 6th-place finish in season’s first tournament

Five members of the Webster University golf team finished in the top 56 at the Culver Edgewood Classic.

The competition, held in Janesville, Wis., on Thursday, Aug. 31 and Friday, Sept. 1, featured 96 other golfers and some of the top programs in the Midwest.

As a team, Webster tied for sixth out of 17 teams with a total score of 625. Webster was 29 strokes off the lead.

Senior Kyler Scott tied for 12th place as he shot a 75 in both his rounds. He was 8-over-par in the tournament. Scott said he didn’t perform like he wanted to, but is satisfied with the final results.

“I think I put a little too much pressure on myself, but for feeling like I played bad and finishing 12th is a positive,” Scott said. “I still managed to scrap together a pair of 75s.”

Other Gorloks that competed in this event were senior Steven Kinsman, junior Andrew Noble, junior J.T. Beckmann and freshman Brodie Dakin. This was Dakin’s first collegiate golf tournament, and he tied for 56th. Dakin said nerves got to him when he was at the first hole.

“Nerves definitely struck me the first hole on both days, but they quickly seemed to disappear after walking away from the first green,” Dakin said. “It was definitely nice getting this first tournament under my belt and I’m looking forward to improving week after week.”

Even though this was the first tournament of the year, coach Andrew Belsky said he saw some good and some bad this past weekend on the course.

“We definitely played this tournament like it was our first,” Belsky said. “We’ve got some places to work on, but overall we gave it our all, and it wasn’t good, (but) it wasn’t bad.”

Belsky said Dakin played like it was his first-ever college tournament.

[pullquote]”Nerves definitely struck me the first hole on both days, but they quickly seemed to disappear after walking away from the green.” — Brodie Dakin, freshman golfer[/pullquote]

“It was his first college round and he performed like it was his first college round,” Belsky said. “He just needs to get used to the atmosphere. I think he’ll get there. He’s just going to have to play a few more rounds to do it. He truly played OK in both rounds; he just had some miscues on a few holes each round. But he’ll get there.”

Dakin said he left shots on the course.

“I felt as if I left a lot of shots out there on the course,” Dakin said. “There were a couple holes each day that turned a decent round into a round I just wanted to forget about.”

Next up for the golf team will be the Transylvania Fall Invitational in Lexington, Ky., on Sept. 8 and 9.

Scott said he has some practice to work on prior to this tournament, and he’s going to take advantage of that this week.

“I think the biggest thing would be to progress with putting and to work with the mid-irons and not get ahead of myself in the round and take it one swing, one step, one thought at a time,” Scott said.

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