On Thursday, former Glen Rose Tiger Austin Jordan received an athletic honor at the next level.
A sophomore financial economics major and golfer at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Jordan was named Lone Star Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week.
Jordan birdied two of his last three holes to finish 5-over-par 221 on the par-72, 7,070-yard Club at Sonterra’s North Course. He was the leader in the clubhouse with five groups remaining and watched as all the challengers fell away save for Midwestern State’s Derek Oland. Oland posted a 221 to tie Jordan.
The two players then replayed hole 18 to determine an individual champion at the James S. Litz Memorial Tournament hosted by UIW. Jordan hit his drive down the middle of the fairway while Oland found trouble in the trees on the left. Oland took two shots to get out of the trees and his short chip left him eight feet away for bogey.
Jordan responded with an approach shot into the heart of the green. He left his birdie putt six feet long and then watched as Oland missed his bogey putt before calmly draining his par putt for win.
“(Oland) hit a bad tee shot, while I was just trying to go for the center of the green and play for par,” Jordan said. “It helped that he was in trouble.”
Jordan’s play has clearly elevated in 2013.
“(My collegiate golf career) has been going pretty good,” Jordan said. “I hadn’t won any (tournaments) until now. I’ve had some top 10s, then I’d finished second last week before winning this week.
“It’s starting to come around (for me), and hopefully it continues. I’ve been putting better, which has helped.”
Jordan graduated from Glen Rose High in 2011. He played Tiger golf for four years.
“It’s great to come from Glen Rose, which is a great city,” Jordan said. “There are two great golf courses there, and that really helped me become the player that I am today.”