D-II standout: Jordan Koelewyn
School: Central Valley Christian
He's qualified because: Made school history by becoming the first Cavalier to qualify for the CIF State Championships. The only competitor from the Central Section in the 54-player field shot 82 and placed 49th at Quail Lodge and Golf Club in Carmel. "That was my goal this year — get to state," Koelewyn said. "I knew it wasn't going to be easy, so it feels good that I did it."
The big breakthrough: Koelewyn got into the state finals after placing second at the Southern California Regional, where he shot a 6-under 66 to tie for the 18-hole lead with Sunny Hills-Fullerton's Jack Chung before finishing second in a playoff. Koelewyn, also the first CVC player to get into the regional, birdied five holes and eagled the par-4 16th while finishing two strokes better than third-place Ki Taek Lee of La Quinta in the 124-player field at Pasadena's Brookside Golf Club. "I knew it was a big tournament and I would have to shoot under par to make it to state," Koelewyn said. "I said: 'You got this far, so go have fun and make a lot of birdies.' I was feeling pretty confident."
Postseason journey: The four-year standout shot a 1-under 71 to win the Central Area tournament. Koelewyn also tied for fourth place after shooting a 76 at the Central Section Individual Championships, and helped the Cavaliers finish second in Division II by shooting a team-leading 80 at the Central Section Team Championships. "I had a lot of fun this year," said Koelewyn, who began playing golf competitively at 13. "It seemed like everyone wanted to get better and we wanted to do good as a team. So we put a lot of hard work in, and it paid off."
The future: Koelewyn, who describes himself as a good scrambler with a solid short game, plans to golf for Reedley College next season with the hope of eventually transferring to a Division I program.