2014-15: Competed in four events for Valpo as a junior, shooting 10 rounds ... posted a scoring average of 79.50 ... opened season with a 36-hole score of 155 at the CSU Cougar Classic, good for an 18th-place finish ... registered first career top-ten finish at the Rocket Individual Classic Oct. 27-28, finishing in sixth place with a 54-hole score of 232 ... shot a season-best round of 75 to open that event ... member of Horizon League Academic Honor Roll.
2013-14: Appeared in two events during his sophomore campaign … carries a 77.88 career average into his junior year … carded a season-best 72 and finished tied for 39th at the Golfweek Program Challenge (224) … turned in a round of 74 at the John Piper Intercollegiate (234).
2012-13: Appeared in four events during freshman season ... recorded a 78.8 scoring average in 10 rounds ... shot a season-best 1-under round of 71 on the way to tying for 16th at the CSU Cougar Classic (151) ... placed 30th at the Bradley Invitational.
Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Cougars ... qualified for state tournament in 2010 ... three-time All-Conference honoree ... twice earned Team MVP honors ... helped team capture conference title in 2008 and qualify for sectionals in 2011 ... set school records for low nine-hole score, as well as career and single-season scoring average ... won 2012 Illinois Junior PGA Championship to qualify for the Junior PGA Championship ... two-time Joliet Junior champion ... won iTour season championship in 2011 ... earned six victories on the iTour between 2010 and 2011 ... also won one letter in basketball ... a member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Matt is the son of Scott and Christine Ward ... major is sports management.