The Webster University golf team resumed its 2012-13 season at the Callaway Gardens Collegiate Invitational in Pine Mountain, Ga., on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.
The Gorloks shot 338 in the first round and 328 in the second, finishing with a total of 666. Senior Kyler Scott shot 153 (78-75) for the tournament and finished 10th overall in the field of more than 100 golfers. Scott’s second round score of 75 was the second-lowest score in that round.
The Gorloks finished the event 18th overall among the 19 schools that participated.
Scott missed the last tournament of the fall season with a rib injury and has been rehabbing and working out during the offseason. Scott won the 2012 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year award and is looking to add another to his career totals.
“This is my last go round at it,” Scott said. “I want to have fun. I want to go out and compete and play well, but I want to soak it all in. I’m not going to be able to do this much longer, and I would like to see us go back to the national championship, and I think we’ll get to that point where we should win conference again. I think we’re all pretty confident in that. My goal this spring is to play well and repeat as conference champ.”
Coach Andrew Belsky said, as far as he could tell, Scott is doing a lot better after his injury.
“He had a heck of a weekend this past weekend down in Georgia, so I think he is, maybe not 100 percent healed, but he’s doing well,” Belsky said.
Scott, along with seniors Steven Kinsman and Dan Klipsch, provides leadership for the Gorloks, a team that also carries three juniors and one freshman. Belsky stressed the importance of Kinsman to his team.
“He’s one of those guys who is going to play all the time for us because he’s one of our best players,” Belsky said. “I mean, if it weren’t for the fact that you have Kyler sitting right there, he would be the best player on any other team in the conference. Steve (Kinsman) is huge for us.”
Scott said the bulk of the scoring responsibility will fall on the seniors this spring, and they lead by example.
“After this, we’re gone,” Scott said. “And I think we’ve built up a pretty good team, and we’ve set a foundation up of what it takes to win and how to win. And I think we have to instill that in them, so they see how hard that we’ve worked, not just on the course but in the gym and in workouts — to show them what it takes to be winners.”
Belsky felt his team underachieved during the fall and hopes the Gorloks begin to play better. He said they are coming together well, but the poor weather has hampered their time spent on the golf course.
“I think that having Kyler healthy is going to be a big part of it,” Belsky said. “I also think now that (freshman) Brodie (Dakin) has a fall season underneath him and some of the jitters knocked off is going to be huge down the stretch as well. So I think they’ll perform better, but only time will tell.”
In the first tournament of the spring, Kinsman shot a 177 overall (92 and 85) and Klipsch shot a 180 (88 and 92). Junior Andrew Noble shot a 169 (84-85), and Dakin shot 171 (88-83).
The Gorloks play a dual match over spring break against Transylvania University (Ky.) — the 2012 NCAA Division-III national champion runner-up — at The Links Golf Club at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, March 12. Then Webster closes out March by hosting the Gorlok Spring Invitational on March 24 and 25 at Forest Park Golf Course and Sunset Country Club in Sunset Hills, respectively.