Greensburg Salem golfer Sam Wotus excells in ledership role
Greensburg Salem golf coach Kevin Fajt has seen a drastic change in Sam Wotus over the past four years.
In fact, Fajt said if Wotus wanted, he'd probably be a successful college golfer because of his work ethic.
But Wotus, a senior, said he isn't planning to play in college. His plan is to study petroleum engineering at Penn State.
“I'm not quite sure if I'll try out for the team,” Wotus said. “My plan is to concentrate on my studies.
“Just because I won't be on the golf team in college, I'm still going to play as much as I can in different West Penn Golf Association and amateur events.”
Wotus competed in the WPIAL Class AAA golf championships at Fox Chapel Country Club earlier this week, after deadline for this edition. He was hoping to advance to the PIAA Western Regional on Oct. 15 at Tom's Run Golf Course at Chestnut Ridge Resort in Blairsville.
“I'd love to make it to the state tournament,” Wotus said before the event. “But my focus is on WPIALs.”
He earned a spot in the WPIAL championship tournament after shooting 8-over-par 80 at the WPIAL semifinal qualifier at The Links at Spring Church in Apollo to finish 12th.
Greensburg Salem has struggled as a team this season, but it hasn't stopped Wotus. He's been the team's most consistent player.
Fajt said Wotus has learned to manage his game a lot better, and he's become a better leader.
“I definitely think he can play college golf,” Fajt said. “He understands the game, and he's just learning how to become a better player. He'll become better by playing against better competition.
“He's athletic and has the skills to get better. He drives it pretty well and he has a decent short game. He's learned from his mistakes, and he's become a better leader.”
Wotus said he enjoys his role as a leader. There are many times he asks Fajt if he can play against the younger players at practice so he can help them with their games.
“I'm a team guy,” Wotus said. “I try to help out the younger guys. I try to play with the younger kids. I'll read putts and help them with course management. I try to do anything to help them be comfortable.
“The team has been struggling. So I try to keep it as positive as possible. I try to set an example. “
Fajt said he was voted captain by his teammates and he shown the leadership role of a senior captain.
Wotus said the biggest thing he's learned from golf is patience.
“It teaches you patience in school, and it teaches you to put the time in so you can improve,” Wotus said.
Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-836-5095.