Article by Pat Payton | Sports Editor for the Journal Argus
It’s the right fit for Jordan Jarrett.
A good business school and a school with a great golf program.
Jarrett, 18, leaves for Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio next month to start a NCAA golf scholarship at the Division 3 school.
Springfield is about an hour from Columbus, the capital city of the state.
Jarrett, who recently graduated from St. Marys DCVI, will study business at Wittenberg, a private four-year liberal arts college serving 2,000 full-time students. She will pick a business Major in her second or third year. Jarrett had other options as well, but she and her family were convinced that Wittenberg was the right choice.
“We picked out schools that would be a good fit for me . . . smaller schools, good academics and a stronger golf program,” Jarrett told the Journal Argus in an interview last week.
“The Wittenberg coach reached out to us at the same time we were researching other schools.”
Jarrett says Wittenberg has a strong golf program. This past May, the Tigers finished tied for third (out of 22 teams) at the NCAA Division 3 championships at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston.
Jarrett will begin playing with the Tigers as soon as she starts school in mid-August. The fall season runs until October, and the spring season from March until May.
“It’s really exciting, but also nerve-wracking at the same time,” she said. “But for the most part, I’m really excited.”
Jarrett has visited the school twice, and met some of her teammates on the golf team. “It had a big impact on where I decided to go,” she said. “I felt the team atmosphere was really good.”
Wittenberg belongs to the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC).
Jarrett describes herself as a “late bloomer” to the sport of golf.
The lefthander didn’t start playing the game “competitively” until three years ago.
“I didn’t really see this (scholarship) happening at all . . . but practicing pays off,” she said.
When asked about the strengths of her golf game, Jarrett replied: “Normally my short game is pretty good, my chipping and putting.
“To be honest, my driver is hit and miss. When it’s on, it’s on, but when it’s off it’s not good. And I can usually rely on my irons, too.”
Jarrett says “putting it all together” and “being more consistent” is what she continues to work on. “I have good holes and bad holes . . . I just have to get rid of the bad holes.”
A member at St. Marys Golf and Country Club, Jarrett’s best score on her home course is 77 to date.
Early last week, she competed at the Ontario Junior (U19) championships at the Elmira Golf Club. After qualifying for the event, she was in a field of 54 golfers.
Jarrett’s next big event is the Optimist International Junior golf championships at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., starting July 30.
She qualified for the prestigious event at the Midwestern Optimist Junior qualifier in St. Marys last July.
With Jarrett leaving for school the middle of next month, she won’t be able to defend a couple of titles at St. Marys Golf and Country Club. She is two-time defending Ladies Club champion, and she has also won the Junior Club title the last three years.
Jordan is the daughter of Steve and Janet Jarrett, of St. Marys.