GCCC's Christian resigns golf post after brief stint

5/4/2014

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

By J. LEVI BURNFIN

lburnfin@gctelegram.com

After just more than four months at the helm of the Garden City Community College men's golf program, head coach Matt Christian has resigned from that position, according to a press release sent Saturday morning from the college's assistant athletic director/sports information director, Dan Delgado.

The resignation is effective June 30.

Christian's resignation was due to "personal reasons," Delgado said in a telephone call on Sunday night, adding "it would be inappropriate for me to comment."

A telephone call to Christian on Sunday evening was not returned.

"Matt brought a tremendous knowledge of golf to the student athletes at GCCC and is an incredible technician of the game," GCCC Athletic Director Ryan Ruda was quoted saying in the release. "We regretfully accept the resignation of Coach Christian. He has put a great deal of effort in helping the student athletes succeed and grow in their love of the game of golf."

The release also stated that many players on the team, "improved their individual round scores significantly under the direction of Coach Christian ."

A Jonesboro, Ark., native, Christian was introduced as coach on Jan. 16 and coached the men's team to three conference tournaments throughout the spring semester, finishing in sixth, fifth and sixth, culminating with an eighth-place finish at the District III Championship at the Alvamar Golf Club in Lawrence on April 28 and 29. The Busters also played a tournament in March in New Mexico, where they placed fifth among six teams.

The 39-year-old was hired following the announcement that the college would begin a women's golf program for the 2014-15 athletic season. Christian replaced previous head coach Phil Terpstra in January with the long-term plan to head both the men's and women's programs.

Terpstra remained on the staff until he was released from his duties by Christian in March for undisclosed reasons.

During his time with the college, Christian signed three high school recruits to NJCAA letters of intent to play at GCCC beginning in the fallSkyler Tebo from Ellis High School, Connor Willmon from Spearman, Texas, High School and Garden City High School's Austin Swender, son of GCCC president Herb Swender.

Christian owns a golf instruction company, Elite Golf Performance, based in Dallas.

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