FOREST CITY – Thomas O'Rourke is set to return to his hometown as a member of the Waldorf College men's golf team.
O'Rourke, a 2013 Forest City High School graduate, previously competed for the Warriors as a freshman. He officially rejoins the team as a junior next fall after signing a letter of intent on Friday.
"Thomas adds depth to our team and he knows the system well," Waldorf coach Mark Clouse said.
During his prep career, O'Rourke was a four-year varsity letter winner at Forest City and a three-time all-North Iowa Conference (NIC) selection. As a sophomore, he helped the Indians reach the Class 2A state tournament in 2011. O'Rourke placed 28th at state, carding a two-day total of 170 strokes behind 18-hole rounds of 90 and 80.
As a freshman at Waldorf, O'Rourke shined on the links. He earned medalist honors by capturing first place in the Tiger Classic with an 18-hole even-par score of 72 at Fort Madison's Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course on April 7, 2014.
Following his freshman year, O'Rourke transferred to North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. He will compete for the Trojans this spring before making his return to the Warriors.
"I realized how much I liked Waldorf and how much I like being in my hometown," O'Rourke said. "I'm really excited to continue golf here with Coach Clouse and the rest of the team."
O'Rourke is the son of Mike and Jean O'Rourke. He plans to pursue a degree in education at Waldorf and said he's eager to continue improving as a player.
"Golf is definitely enjoyable, especially with Coach Clouse," O'Rourke said. "He brings a lot of knowledge to golf and there are a lot of areas he can help any player build on. I know when I'm practicing now, I'm always thinking about stuff that he told me last year."
Being familiar with his former teammates and the program, O'Rourke will be in his comfort zone as he rejoins the Warriors for the 2015-16 campaign.
"He knows a lot of our team already and has been with our team for a year of competition," Clouse said. "Having him come in like that, it's going to be an easy transition for him. We're looking forward to it."