May 15, 2019 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College’s golf team completed a grand slam -- taking first place this week at the NJCAA Region XII Division II Tournament.
Tuesday’s win sends the Raiders to the NJCAA Division II National Championship, May 21 to 24 at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, Ind.
“I'm proud of the way the guys hung in there and secured the victory late in the round with some outstanding shot making,” said coach John Forton.
Freshman Cooper Bell, from East Grand Rapids High School, was the Tournament Medalist and was also named to the All-State and All-Region teams.
“The performance of Cooper Bell throughout the tournament was clutch,” Forton said. “He secured the Medalist honors with scores of 74, 72 and 75.”
Sophomores Nick Ward, from Northview High School, and Ryan Skislak, from Kenowa Hills High School; and freshman Logan Holtkamp, from Northpointe Christian High School, also earned All-State and All-Region honors.
“Nick Ward hit a laser-like 4-iron from 235 yards to eight feet on the 16th hole and made the putt for eagle,” Forton said. “That has to be in my top five pressure shots I have ever seen.”
The Raiders have participated in the National Championship in four of the past five years. Last year, they placed 15th overall.
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.