Carpet Capital Collegiate includes Dalton State as well as UTC

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga golf coach Mark Guhne holds a driver while talking to Brooks Thomas Wednesday during practice at the UTC Golf center on Hickory Valley Road.

Kory Webb has walked on the cart path during the Carpet Capital Collegiate golf tournament and played the roles of spectator, supporter, cheerleader, teammate and friend.

He has a different role this year. He'll be walking in the fairways and playing his own ball.

Webb, a junior from Knoxville, has earned a spot on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga squad that will compete in one of the most prestigious college tournaments of the year.

"Kory was on one of the top high school players in the state, and the first tournament he qualified for was the NCAA Preview against the best of the best," UTC coach Mark Guhne said.