Christian Matt from Wissahickon doesn’t let adversity get in his way.
This year’s Reporter / Times Herald / Montgomery Media Golf Athlete of the Year proved it at the Suburban One League Championships, where he overcame a tough situation and also handled Mother Nature, putting on a masterful performance. to win the trophy.
It was the start of a formidable playoff series for Matt, who would go on to place in the top 20 at the PIAA-3A Individual Championships, finishing tied for 18th with a four over par 75 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort. .
Matt started his playoffs at the Five Ponds Golf Course, battling against the best in the Suburban One League.
Things looked grim when he carded a bogey on the fourth hole. Then the thunderstorms started to break, causing an 80 minute delay.
But Matt was in a good position.
âI felt great though,â said the elder. “We were all playing foosball (indoors during the storm), we were having a good time, so I kinda forgot that.”
After the delay, Matt Came fired back, resuming his run with an eagle in the fifth par-5.
âI just did the bogey before the deadline, so I hit a shot, hit a second shot just to the left of the green and knew the chip was achievable,â he said. “And then I did it.”
Matt then completed the first nine at 4 under 31, then held steady on his back to shoot the day’s best score at 3 under 68. Senior Wiss would lead the contingent of 39 SOL qualifiers for the District 1-3A tournament.
âI knew if I could start early I could hold the lead for the rest of the day,â Matt said of his performance, as part of an outstanding senior season for the Trojans. “And then a few putts fell, I did that eagle after the break and after that it was like a freewheel, I had nothing to lose.”
What made Matt’s battle at SOL even more interesting was his back-and-forth with another All-Area selection, Kevin Lydon of Central Bucks West.
Lydon said of the couple: âMe and Christian had a lot of fun fighting both ways. I thought it was really fun, the competitiveness in the group, because we were going back and forth, back and forth and it was really fun.
The feeling was mutual.
âIt made it really fun,â Matt said. âHe birdied – I think 15 – to get one and we were crushing. It made him really competitive and it was fun.
Matt is looking to continue his career at the college level, having signed a Letter of Intent at St. Joe’s University.