Golf team wins state championship; 3 players named to All-MCCAA First Team

May 8, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s golf team battled wind, cold and rain to win its 10th state championship on Tuesday.

The team was down by one stroke entering play Tuesday at Arbor Hills Golf Club in Jackson. The Raiders shot a tournament-low of 302, beating Oakland Community College by 9.

“We did an outstanding job on the second day,” said John Forton, who is in his third year as GRCC’s golf coach. “The guys really brought it yesterday -- I am so proud of their effort.”

Freshman Cooper Bell, from East Grand Rapids High School, and sophomores Nicholas Ward, from Northview High School, and Ryan Skislak, from Kenowa Hills High School, were named to the All-MCCAA First Team.

"Our golfers are impressive student-athletes on and off the course," Athletic Director Bill Firn said. "The team overcame some tough conditions to prevail, and add to a very proud legacy here at GRCC."

The Raiders advance to the NJCAA Region XII Division II Tournament on May 13 and 14 at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.

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