Aidan Webster Ready To Hit The NCAA Links In Wisconsin
Blenheim’s Aidan Webster will head South of the border this year to play NCAA Division II golf for the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
From his initial visit to Parkside, Webster, who is a member of Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club in Blenheim, knew the school would be a fit on all fronts.
“Leaving my visit from Parkside I really felt like it was the place that would give me the most benefit, both academically and athletically,” said Webster.
“Coming from Blenheim, and Parkside not being the largest school, I got a sense of that small town feel. It was a place I felt very comfortable.”
Webster has been playing this summer on the Jamieson Golf Tour, and has played high school golf with the UCC Lancers since entering high school.
The opportunity to continue competing at the post secondary level was an incredible feeling for the golfer.
“It’s everything,” he said of the opportunity. “I mean for me it’s what I’ve dreamed about ever since I was a little kid. It’s almost reassuring in a sense, like all the hard work I’ve put in over the last few years has been worth it.”
Parkside golf coach Tyler Wollberg is also excited to get the talented golfer.
“Aidan is my first international recruit and someone who I know will be competing for a spot in the top-5 this fall. He has played in all types of tournaments and is very mature for his age. You can’t go wrong with an ex-hockey player on your team as well. I can’t wait to see what he’ll be able to accomplish this next four years for the Rangers,” Wollberg said in a school news release.
Webster will study business at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Athletically, he’s just focused on helping the Parkside Rangers, and becoming the best golfer he can be.
“Really my only goals are to become the best golfer that I know I can be. I know that if I put in the work the results will come, it’s not something you can force. All I can do is focus on playing good golf.”
Webster won the recent Rochester Place stop on the Jamieson Golf Tour, a tour that has seen many local golfers move on to NCAA and OUA golf.
“Seeing all the golfers graduate from the tour and move on to college golf tells me I’m in the right place. It gives me a reference point of where my game needs to be to compete at that level.
The small town product is excited to get started, but he’s also thankful for where he has come from.
“I would love to give thanks to Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club and the Jamieson Junior Golf Tour. I owe them a lot and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”