After Day 1 struggles, golf bounces back to finish 15th in St. John’s Fall Invitational


For the second consecutive weekend, Webster University’s golf team had a strong finish in their tournament. After a slow start at the St. John’s Fall Invitational in Sartell, Minn., on Saturday, Sept. 15, the team bounced back and shot a score of 316 on Sunday, Sept. 16 in Sauk Centre, Minn., to tie for 15th in the tournament. The Gorloks shot a total of 645 in the two-day event.

Freshman Bodie Dakin and senior Kyler Scott tied for 45th place overall with a score of 156 between the two days. Dakin and Scott were Webster’s top finishers at the event.

Scott was suffering from a preexisting rib injury during the tournament but did not want to leave his team and coaches.

“I was playing really well when it dislocated and after that, I wasn’t going to quit on the team,” Scott said. “I did my best to keep calm and just try to swing in control and I had to stop taking practice swings. I could only carry my bag on one shoulder. And as far as it being an issue, it’s been a couple years but this is the first time it’s ever happened in a tournament.”

Also competing for Webster at the tournament was senior Steve Kinsman, who shot a total of 167, placing him 88th overall. Juniors J.T. Beckmann and Andrew Noble ended with a 168 and 170, respectively.  Kinsman said he struggled on the first day but got things turned around for the final day and knocked off seven strokes from his previous score.

“As I still didn’t play well, I managed to roll in a couple more putts and got rid of some mental mistakes. As a team and myself, we didn’t play well at all,” Kinsman said. “There were some decent rounds shot but we have a lot of room for improvement.”

There will be some changes throughout the week for Webster golf as they prepare themselves for the upcoming tournament. Senior Dan Klipsch will participate this weekend, and fighting for the fifth spot will be freshman Ben Minahan and junior Andrew Dowd.

Coach Andrew Belsky said he understands the slow start for Dakin, but doesn’t get what is holding back the other players.

“Brodie (Dakin) is still learning,” Belsky said. “He’s still learning the ropes of the collegiate level and I understand for his slow start but for the other guys, this should not be happening.

“They’ve been around here long enough to compete at a better level. So this week, we are moving forward with changes and new faces playing for us.”

On Monday, Scott said his rib is back in place and is feeling much better. He will not miss any action this weekend. The golf team’s next tournament is the University of Dubuque 2012 Fall Classic on Sept. 22 and 23 in Dubuque, Iowa.

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