By Anthony Clark Jr.
Grand Rapids Community College men’s golfer Tyler Hausserman was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II PING All-Region Team for a second consecutive year.
“Being selected for a (second) consecutive year is an honor,” Hausserman said. “It’s definitely nice to be recognized for the hard work that’s put in year round in preparation for the season.”
The honor follows an impressive season by the team who finished 11th out of 19 teams in the NJCAA DII National Tournament and clinched the following two titles:
- NJCAA DII Region XII Championship
- Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) State Championship
Hausserman, a redshirt-freshman, was one of many catalysts for the Raiders’ success in the 2020-21 season. He finished with the top score in the Jackson College Invitational (score of 69), finished top-five of all golfers in the seven regular season matches, and led the Raiders by one stroke in the national tournament.
“Tyler isn’t just one of the best community college golfers in the state, he’s among the best in the nation,” said former Interim Athletic Director David Selmon in a press release.
As a second-consecutive PING All-Region Team recipient, top golfer in the MCCAA, and team leader since the 2019-20 season, Hausserman reflected on his high level of intensity and dedication for the game.
“All things considered, I thought I hit the ball nicely all season,” Hausserman said. “I think I’m able to find some success in golf because of my love for the improvement process. I love practicing and I love competing.”
The men’s golfers were part of an extensive list of athletes nationwide (and globally) who were forced to adjust to the many barriers of COVID-19. However, the team successfully completed their season without having to forfeit a match, which led to the many positives for Hausserman.
“I had the most fun playing competitive golf this past season more than any other year,” Hausserman said. “Our team was really close, competitive, and loved to push each other. I didn’t take anything for granted.”