GolfWeek / June 8, 2002 / by Lance Ringler
Matt Anderson once skipped his calculus class at Edina (Minn.) High School to watch the 1999 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in nearby Chaska. He dreamed of the day he could play in the event as a Golden Gopher.
The soft-spoken junior, who is majoring in finance, did much more than just play in the national championship June 1. Anderson shot a career-best, 5-under 66 to lead Minnesota to a four-shot victory.
“I felt like I had blinders on,” said Anderson, whose previous low was 69 at the Tillinghast Invitational last October.
Anderson, who did not make the team in his freshman season, walked-on as a sophomore and did not play. As a junior on a partial scholarship, he had played in 11 events prior to the NCAAs and had a scoring average of 74.7.
“He is a kid who just works and works and works,” said Minnesota interim coach Brad James. “For a kid to walk-on and shoot 66 in the final round of the national championship just shows how big his heart is.”