Mov­ing for­ward

Yuma Catholic se­nior golfer Jor­dan Gra­sis com­mits to West Texas A&M


For Yuma Catholic se­nior Jor­dan Gra­sis, Tues­day was was a cul­mi­na­tion of years of hard work on the golf course. Gra­sis signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent Tues­day at the Yuma Catholic me­dia cen­ter to move on to West Texas A&M next sea­son on a golf schol­ar­ship.

“I talked to a lot of coaches and looked up a lot of col­leges,” she said. “I talked to coaches on the phone and through email, and af­ter vis­it­ing West Texas I felt in love with the school and I fell in love with the team. They are a fam­ily, which is just what I was go­ing for. The coach said that they go to din­ners to­gether. They do ev­ery­thing to­gether.”

Last sea­son she helped lead the Sham­rocks to a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Boys Di­vi­sion III golf state fi­nals. Golf­ing against the guys, she fin­ished fourth over­all af­ter hav­ing a 72 and a 74 at Tuc­son Na­tional.

Grow­ing up it wasn’t al­ways clear that Gra­sis wanted to solely fo­cus on golf. She was also a vol­ley­ball player, but a cou­ple of in­juries and her love af­fair with the game of golf made her fo­cus clear.

“The thing with golf is that you can play un­til you’re 90,” she said. “I see guys at the course out there all of the time. They just love the sport and I be­gan to love the sport. I had to fall in love with it, and I guess I didn’t have to. It just nat­u­rally came to me.”

Yuma Catholic boys bas­ket­ball is fight­ing some of those early-sea­son grow­ing pains as the Sham­rocks fell to Lake Havasu in their reg­u­lar sea­son opener on Tues­day night.

YC (0-1 AIA) led early but the cold shoot­ing and turnovers set in and they fell 5445 to the Knights (3-0 AIA).

With just a week­end tour­na­ment un­der their belt, the team hasn’t had much time to prac­tice and at times that


YUMA CATHOLIC SE­NIOR Jor­dan Gra­sis (seated) signs a na­tional let­ter of in­tent Tues­day to at­tend and play col­le­giate golf for West Texas A&M Univer­sity. Watch­ing Gra­sis are (from left), her grand­mother Pat Gra­sis; her fa­ther and coach Maris Gra­sis; mother Heather Eynon; sis­ter Kalaina Bar­nett; grand­mother Rose­mary Arm­strong; nephew Noah Ro­jas; and grand­fa­ther Steve Arm­strong.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.