The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team finished fourth out of 10 teams when they traveled to East Lansing to face off against all four-year schools in the Spring Arbor Invite.
The Raiders weren’t able to perform the way that they hoped to during the first two days of the invite, scoring a 315 the first day and 321 the second. However, they were able to respond on the third day by putting up a 307 to secure a fourth place finish overall.
“The first two days were a little rough, but they had a pretty spirited effort on the third day and ended up shooting a 307 which secured fourth place in the event,” said GRCC head golf coach John Forton. “… The kids did well and really responded to some things we talked about the night before.”
The Raiders were the only community college competing in the invite, making their performance even more impressive.
“These guys are learning that in order to compete at that level, we have to work hard in practice and get prepared,” Forton said. “… We held our own pretty well, but the competition is there, and we just know that we have to step it up a little.”
The Raiders were led by redshirt-freshman Arie Jackman who placed third individually in the competition with a score of 223. Jackman is the captain for the team, who not only looks for his performances to carry the team to a higher position, but for his leadership as well.
“(He) is probably the hardest worker on the entire team,” Forton said. “… His 72 (on the third day) secured him a third place finish, so he made the All-Tournament team. His impact not only on the course, but as a team leader, has been beneficial for us.”
Along with Jackman, the Raiders were led by redshirt-freshman Logan Templeton who placed 10th overall with a score of 229, redshirt-freshman Davis Courtright who placed 31st (240), and redshirt-freshman Matthew Denhartigh, freshman Connor Oman, and freshman Alex Taylor who all tied for 44th overall with a score of 254.
The Raiders have started the fall season on a positive note and will look to continue their success when they travel to Ravenna to compete in the Moss Ridge Invite on Sunday, Oct. 3.