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Mattson’s success key for GRCC golf team


By Andy McDonald – Collegiate Staff

Jordan Mattson’s recent success on the golf course has been excellent for the Grand Rapids Community College golf team.

Mattson has been playing golf ever since he was young and his father would take him to hit golf balls at the driving range. He competed in his first tournament when he was 13, and has been playing competitively for six years now.

Graduating from Grandville High School in 2014, the 19-year-old Wyoming native is attending GRCC for business administration, while playing golf for the college. Mattson said the team as a whole has been playing well.

“I for one have been playing decent,” Mattson said. “I had one bad round, but everyone is going to have one of those here and there.”

While Mattson has been playing strong this season, the team has been solid as a whole. Mattson said the team already  has a first place finish this season, and a few top five finishes as well.

“We’re playing well, but we would like to see more first place finishes,” Mattson said.

The highlight of Mattson’s career is his growth in the game.

“I’d probably say my biggest achievement in my career is how much I have progressed throughout my six years of golf,” Mattson said. “From playing my first ever tournament and shooting a 90, something in my first few tournaments as an early teen, to averaging mid 70s at one of the hardest courses in Michigan, Egypt Valley.”

There was one shot that stuck out to Mattson that happened recently while playing in a tournament for GRCC.

“My most memorable shot was my first hole-in-one a few weeks ago in a tournament at Stonegate Golf Club, which also got me into a playoff for a medalist but ended up falling short,” Mattson said. “Golf has made my life so much more enjoyable to live because of all the relationships I have formed and all of the amazing times I have had on the golf course. If it wasn’t for golf, I would be a totally different person than I am right now.”

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