The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team secured their first win of the 2021 fall season with a score of 307 in the Aquinas Invite on Wednesday, Sept. 9.
The Raiders were able to get the win against top universities such as Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, Rochester College, and more. The Raiders also faced top Michigan community colleges including Muskegon Community College and St. Clair County Community College.
“I am very pleased,” said GRCC head coach John Forton. “We did well and we won the tournament competing against a bunch of four year schools… I think it’s a great start for us, getting the first win of the year.”
The Raiders were led by freshman C.J. Stephan who placed second individually with a score of 73 making his first collegiate start an impactful one.
“He is really a tremendous player,” Forton said. “He is one of those performers that’s going to give you a good score almost every time. With his score today, it is probably the score that won us the tournament.”
The Raiders saw great performances from second-year players including redshirt-freshman Davis Courtright who placed fourth overall (74) and redshirt-freshman Arie Jackson who placed 13th overall (80).
Freshman Conner Oman also had a score of 80, tying Jackson for 13th overall. The Raiders also received contributions from redshirt-freshman Logan Templeton who placed 41st (86).
GRCC is coming off of a successful 2021 spring season where they made a trip to the national tournament, as well as bringing home a conference and regional championship. Coach Forton hopes the team can continue building off of the first win of the season and repeat the successes they had in the previous season.
“This is a good start, and I think we can build this momentum as we go into fall, and just continue to get better each and every tournament,” Forton said.
The Raiders will look to continue their success into the next invite when they travel to Port Huron to compete in the Sam Kromer Invite on Friday, Sept. 17 starting at 10 a.m.
“This will give us a good look at what we are playing against in the MCCAA,” Forton said. “I look for another good performance from the Raiders.”