After taking her first swings as a 5th-grader and competitively playing as a 7th-grader, Jada Mattson of South Heart can now call herself champion.
Posted June 20, 2014
By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
After taking her first swings as a 5th-grader and competitively playing as a 7th-grader, Jada Mattson of South Heart can now call herself champion. Mattson recently capped off her junior season with a victory in the State Class ‘B’ golf tournament.
Mattson said this season started off with some bumps in the road.
“It started off a little rough, but I definitely improved, and had my best at state,” Mattson said.
She attributed the rough start to the inability to get consistent playing time early in the season. Golf usually starts in March, but with the weather this season the team didn’t get many meets in early on like they have in the past.
Though they got on the course by the end of March, with the snowfall coming and going, they would have to wait until it melted and dried again to be able to play.
Mattson has been competing at the varsity level since she was in seventh grade and has been surrounded by the sport from her family.
“My older brother, he played golf for NDSU,” Mattson said.
He even had at shot at the state title himself his junior year in high school, falling one stroke shy.
Though Mattson has had family support, she also cites her coach with pushing her to get that extra edge she needs to compete.
When Mattson was able to get some consistent practice and playing time, she excelled. Mattson earned seven first place finishes this season and shot her personal best at the regional meet in Bowman.
The state meet, held in Carrington during the last week of May, was a two day, 36 hole event. After shooting her personal best at the regional meet, Mattson said she wasn’t nervous but did put a little pressure on herself.
“I wanted to do well and had some expectations for myself,” Mattson said. “But I never thought that I’d win it.”
She shot a 76 and ended her first day of play tied with one other golfer.
She ran away with it the second day. Her competitor faltered some, but Mattson’s play did all the talking as she finished seven strokes ahead of the second place finisher.
“I played alright in the front nine,” Mattson said. “And the back nine I played very well.”
Mattson finished with a second day score of 77, shooting a total of 153 over the two day meet.
She was named to the 2014
All-Region team, as well as
being named a 2014 Class ‘B’ Medalist
So what’s next for Mattson? She has already competed at Bully Pulpit and placed second behind a golfer who competes at the class ‘A’ level, and she also received an invitation to play in the World Junior Masters in Las Vegas in late July.
She hasn’t decided if she’ll make the trip to Las Vegas, but in the mean time she’s playing everyday with the hope of defending her state title one more time as she enters her senior year of high school.