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Player Resume

Eli Mattioli
  May 2010
Eli Mattioli
Eli Mattioli
Home: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Graduates: May - 2010
High School: Fayetteville High School
Home Golf Course: The Blessings Golf Club
Height: 6 ft. 1 in.   Weight: 182 lbs.
Started Playing Golf at Age: 6
Plays Golf: Right handed
Recent Tournament Summary
  Date Tournament Name Location Yardage Par Score Finish
1 Jun 21-24 AJGA Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic Southern Oaks Golf Club, Burleson, TX 7154/7254 72 /
2 May 1-2 FCWT Feather Sound Open Feather Sound CC, Clearwater, FL 6679 72 77 - 78  155 T12/32
3 Jan 23-24 FCWT Leadbetter Challenge IMG Academies Golf & Country Club, FL 6803 72 76 - 79  155 T16/47
4 Oct 10-11 FCWT Eagle Creek Challenge Eagle Creek Golf Club, Orlando, FL 6926 73 69 - 67  136 1/45
5 Sep 26-27 FCWT TPC Tampa Bay Challenge TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, FL 6683 71 76 - 71  147 T7/48
6 Aug 3-6 AJGA Scissortail Junior Championship Golf Club of Oklahoma, Broken Arrow, OK 6919 72 76 - 76 - 78  230 T21/75
7 Jul 20-23 AJGA Lockton Kansas City Junior The National Golf Club of Kansas City, KS 6762 72 76 - 76 - 73  225 T11/75
8 Jul 1-2 Trusted Choice Big I Arkansas RidgePointe Golf and Country Club, Jonesboro, AR 6549 72 70 - 70  140 1/68
9 Jun 29 USGA Junior Amateur Sectional Qualifying Country Club of Little Rock, Little Rock, AR 6454 70 74 - 73  147 3/34
10 Jun 23-25 AJGA Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic Southern Oaks Golf Club, Burleson, TX 7154 72 70 - 76 - 71  217 T5/100
All About Me
  1. Golf Achievements: Tournament scoring average for 2009 is 75.2 for 40 rounds. 1st alternate from Arkansas to US Jr. Amateur; qualified to play in the Optimist International Jr. Championship as well as The Trusted Choice Big I National with a wire to wire win with a score of 140 (-4) at Ridge Pointe CC in Jonesboro, AR.  Fully exempt on the AJGA with T5 at the Elbit Systems of America Junior Golf Classic.  Won FCWT Eagle Creek Challenge with score of 136 (-10). Competed on IJGT earning top 10 finishes.  Represented USA as a member of IJGT Euro Cup (2008) and North America Cup (2009) teams.
  2. Other Achievements: In addition to golf, I played soccer, football, and basketball. I was on a “competitive” traveling soccer team, the Arkansas Comets through U14, and played for the NWA Hawks traveling basketball team until the start of junior high school. I played football (8th grade) and basketball for Woodland JHS (8th  and 9th grades) and qualified to the #3 spot on the FHS Varsity Golf Team as a freshman in 2006. I continued to play basketball for FHS through 10th grade, when I decided to focus all my attention on golf.
  3. Attributes that will make me a good college student-athlete golfer: My game is pretty good right now, but I know that there is a lot of room for improvement. I do reasonably well in school without a huge amount of effort, so I think I will be able to handle golf and school at the same time without going crazy. I am willing to work hard in practice and be ready to play when the time comes.
    I encourage my teammates to do their best, and I feel that I get along well with others in social situations. 
  4. I will be a good college teammate because:

    I was named Arkansas All State (7A) in 2006, 2007, and 2008. I played in the number 1 position as a junior while on my high school team. I have always scored better than my average and held than my position in the conference and state championship tournaments to help us win our titles. I was a member of the IJGT Euro Cup Team USA in 2008.  I won 2 singles matches and halved two others against Canada and Scotland. In 2009 I was on the IJGT North America Cup Team, which is a Ryder Cup style event between USA and Canada held at the Weston Golf & CC in Toronto. With my partners, I won both of my matches and my singles game too, continuing my success in international match play again this year, which contributed to Team USA’s retention of the North America Cup.

  5. I am looking for a university and golf program that: I am looking for an interesting and positive life experience and a chance to learn new things in the classroom and on the course.  Having grown up in warm climates (I lived in Puerto Rico from birth until I was eight and then in Fayetteville, Arkansas), I hope to go somewhere I can play golf most of the year. Most important, I am looking for a coach who will work with me to help me reach my potential on and off the course.

  6. My college goals are: My college goals for golf are to improve as much as possible as a player, get an experience of a lifetime, prepare for a career after college, and to take my golf game to the next level.  I would like to be part of a team that competes for their conference and possibly a national title.
  7. I am looking for a college golf coach that: I am looking for a nice guy who understands the game, can improve each team member’s individual skills, and can coach the team overall to get the best out of the team’s abilities under pressure during tournaments.
  8. The strengths of my golf game are: I like to think that the strengths of my game are my long irons, woods, and driving off the tee.  I can consistently drive the ball over 300 yds, which makes most par 5 reachable for me. My recent wins in match play in the North America Cup and high finishes in stroke play have given me more confidence in my ability to “close the deal” under pressure.
  9. The weaknesses of my golf game are: Right now, my weaknesses are my short approach game and touch shots around the green.  Sometimes, I can really struggle with approach putting pace, but I am improving. I also am working on my mental toughness in pressure situations and shot selection when there are several options available.
  10. I think my golf game will continue to improve because: I think that I can continue to improve just about everything in my golf game.  I know that this is the attitude I need to have to get better and become a top-rated junior and excellent college golfer. My scoring average in tournament play has improved every year in high school and my swing is now more simple and reliable. I know that I have not reached my potential yet as a junior.
Personal Statement
            I want to play golf for a highly competitive D1 NCAA program. Since I started playing tournament golf at age 12, I have always dreamed of playing college golf at a top-rated program, whose goal was to compete and win a national championship.

            I just completed my senior year at Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which is a large, public high school with a graduating class of around 600 students per year. FHS is consistently ranked among the top public schools in Arkansas in both academics and athletics. I completed the Arkansas Smart Core curriculum, designed for college bound students.  My final GPA was 3.36 and I graduated with honors in the top 25% of my class. My super composite ACT score is 23.

            I have been playing golf since I was very young.  My grandpa lives in a golf course community in North Carolina and he introduced me to the game on family visits during the summer when I was starting elementary school.  I was born and lived in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico until I was eight (my mom and dad were both professors at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez at the time), when we moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas for my mom and dad to accept new appointments at the University of Arkansas.  There were few opportunities to practice or play golf in western Puerto Rico, but when I moved to Fayetteville in 2000, I started to play a lot more, initially through the Junior Golf program at Fayetteville Country Club.  I started to play tournament golf when I was 12, participating in the Junior PGA events in northwest Arkansas, and a few other junior events sanctioned by the Arkansas State Golf Association. After success on the local, regional, and state level, I began competing at the national level on the IJGT and FCWT tours and now on the AJGA tour.

References available on request and to coaches.