Aug. 2, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Robbie Webb, a member of the Southern Miss golf team from 1958-1961 and M-Club Hall of Fame member, has passed away at the age of 72.
Webb had few peers during his career under Coach B.O. Van Hook from 1958 to 1961. In his collegiate career, he played 62.5 career rounds and posted a 74.99 career stroke average, which ranks No. 19 in school history. In addition, he tied for the third lowest round in the school's annals, posted a 65 in the Tulane Dual Match at Audubon Park Golf Course in New Orleans on Apr. 20, 1960.
He was a player that had competed successful in the junior golf circles before joining the Southern Miss program and the basic fundamentals that he had mastered playing on that circuit prepared him quite well for playing on the collegiate level.
Both as a junior and later in his career, Webb was able to make a name for himself with his outstanding play in various amateur events, and won or was in contention on numerous occasions, including capturing the 1968 Mississippi State Open championship.
Webb also established himself as an accomplished teacher of the game, especially at the junior level where he gave tirelessly to the game and its young players. During his time as a coach, his pupils won 10 Mississippi State Open championships and three State Amateur crowns.
He also introduced future Professional Golf Association president James Ray Carpenter, and another Southern Miss M-Club Hall of Fame member, to the sport of golf.
Webb became the golf pro at Canton Country Club in 1963. He left Canton in 1979 to help build and run Deerfield Golf Club (now Colonial-Deerfield) in Madison, then returned to Canton in 1988, where he worked until his retirement in 2006. He retired in January of 2007.
Known as a great ambassador of the game in the state as well as the South, he was instrumental in the design and building of several golf courses in the state of Mississippi.
During his first season with the Golden Eagle program in 1958, Webb immediately moved into the lineup. Although the 1958 team recorded just a 4-8 record in dual matches, they tangled with some of the best teams in the South, like Tulane and Texas A&M and finished the year playing in the Southern Intercollegiate in Athens, Ga., where they finished 12th.
The 1959 squad would finish with a 2-4 dual match record, but Webb had emerged as one of the strongest and best players on the team. The team was now playing on the new University golf course, which had opened earlier that year.
The 1960 team led by Webb opened the year with a strong fifth place finish in the McNeese State Intercollegiate and also added a solid 10th place finish towards the end of the year in the Southern Intercollegiate. The dual match record was 6-3-1.
As golf gained in popularity at Southern Miss, the team played an expanded schedule in 1961 and finished with a dazzling 13-3 dual match record. They finished 4th in the McNeese State Intercollegiate that year and 13th in the Southern Intercollegiate, where Webb and teammate Walter Love finished tied for 8th in the individual competition.
After finishing at Southern Miss Webb went on to a successful career as a club professional and his contributions to golf around the state of Mississippi are unmatched.
Funeral arrangements are not complete at this time.