Despite his freshman status, Matt Chambers is playing more like a veteran for a rapidly improving Walters State Community College men’s golf team.
Chambers, a mass communications major from Jacksboro, qualified for all five of the Senators’ matches. That includes the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament scheduled later next month at Plymouth, Ind.
During Walter State’s victory last week in the Aramark Collegiate Invitational at Etowah Valley, NC, Chambers posted his best individual finish of the season.
He tied for 5th place overall and 3rd on his team with a score of 152.
“Matthew is a technician the way he studies the game,” Walters State coach Bill Gardner said.
“He is sort of a quiet leader on our team. He is a pleasure to be around and works hard all the time.”
Chambers was named to the all-tournament team of the Aramark Invitational.
The highest previous finish for Chambers was 31st overall at the Southeastern Kentucky Intercollegiate the last weekend of March at London. He also placed 33rd at the Spring Fling in Scottsboro, Ala. and 53rd at the Tusculum Invitational.
“It’s been a pretty good season for me,” Chambers said.
“Of course, there’s lots of room for improvement. I’ve gotten to the point to where my swing is pretty good. I’m just working on being more consistent.”
After a tough fall campaign, the Senators have been a totally different team this spring. Walters State has finished in the top 5 in three of four tournaments and has beaten several teams from four-year colleges, including nearly a dozen from NCAA Division II.
“You look at our fall schedule, and we played very poorly,” Gardner said.
“When we were on the way back from the Aramark Invitational, the boys asked me, ‘Coach, aren’t you excited?’ I said, to tell you the truth, I expect to win every tournament we enter.
“They’ve worked hard and made a commitment to our short game, anything 100 yards and in.”
Walters State is a dark horse going into the national tournament. The Senators placed 13th last year.
“I think we’ll be in the top 10,” Gardner said.
“It depends on how hard we work. The sky is the limit in this game if you work hard and keep your cool.
“If these boys want to go on to play at a bigger school, they have to prove they can beat these other players.”