Matt Naumec '15 enjoys strong summer on links
For the start of the last few school years, Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Matt Naumec ’15 said the same thing: he had his best summer of golf ever.
Matt was accurate again in his description of the summer of 2014, where he played with the best amateur golfers in the world and won his share of trophies.
“I think it was the strongest summer of golf I’ve ever had because I understood my game,” Matt said. “I knew what shots I had to hit and where to play it. My putting and driving have really improved.”
The highlight of Matt’s summer came in August when he played at the U.S. Amateur Championship, which drew the best non-professional golfers in the world. The tournament was held in Georgia. He earned a spot by placing second at a qualifying event in Connecticut in July.
“I qualified. I went to Georgia and it was awesome,” Matt explained. “I didn’t play that well but it helped me with my game. I learned a lot. I played against high-ranking amateurs. It was probably the best experience for my golf game I’ve ever had.”
Matt had quite a few other great experiences as well. He won the Massachusetts Junior Open on the last hole, which was particularly exciting since he placed second in 2013. It was his fourth top 10 finish at the event.
“It was cool. It’s been one of the tournaments I’ve wanted to win,” he said.
Matt won two other events during the summer as part of a team. For the second year in a row, he was on the first place side when Team Massachusetts won the New England Junior Championship, which was a collection of the top seven golfers from the New England states. Matt’s team won by 17 strokes. Later in the summer, Matt helped Team New England beat Team USA in a match at the Boston Golf Club, which included the top high school golfers in the country.
Before all of his summer accomplishments started to pile up, Matt verbally committed to Boston College. He received a partial athletic scholarship and hopes to be enrolled into the prestigious Carroll School of Management following his freshman year. He plans to officially sign with B.C. during the November signing period.
“The coach and I got along well and I had a strong connection to a lot of the guys on the team,” said Matt, whose mom graduated from B.C. in 1988. “They’re my friends and they’re the top New England junior golfers in the country. We’re going to have a good team. We have a good class coming in this year. It’s great academics and a great balance between golf and academics. They have great practice facilities and a great strength of schedule, playing in the ACC. It just worked out.
“I had a good fit with the college. I looked at many other colleges but it’s so true: when you find it, you find it, and I only felt it strongly at B.C.”
Matt also considered Notre Dame, Maryland, Penn State, Purdue and Georgetown.