Golf team earns state title, heads to national tournament

The Grand Rapids Community College golf team is headed to the national tournament after earning the state and conference championships.

The team has won every tournament it has participated in this season, and earned the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championship and National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII crown with an eight-stroke win over second-place Oakland Community College on Tuesday.

Tyler Hausserman,a freshman from Ionia, finished in second place overall, shooting 76, 78 and 73 over the three-round tournament.

Davis Courtright, who attended Zeeland East High, tied for third with scores of 75, 73, 80.  Logan Templeton of Portage was tied for fifth place after shooting 75,76 and 78. Dominic Luciani of East Grand Rapids was tied for seventh with scores of 76, 79 and 78. Arie Jackman of Caledonia finished ninth, shooting 81, 73 and 81.

The win, at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, is the GRCC golf team’s eighth state championship since 2000, and eleventh overall.

The team will now advance to the NJCAA DII National Championship, hosted by Ancilla College at the Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, Ind.

Five members of the undefeated team posted the top five scores in the conference for the season, and were named to the MCCAA’s All-Conference team.

The GRCC cross country teams, volleyball team and women’s basketball team all reached the national tournaments this year.

Golf team members and coach John Forton, all wearing face masks stand on the grounds of the Egypt Valley Country Club.

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