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Spartan Gold: Stratford's Matthew Riedel takes home golf gold

Stratford High School’s Matthew Riedel is a champion.

The Spartan junior recently won the individual title at the 2018 UIL Boys 6A Texas State Championship in Georgetown.

Riedel’s two-round score of 135 (68-67) was two shots better than Austin Westlake’s Mathew Denton and Plano’s Tommy Boone.

Riedel has seen many great successes on the course this year, and he looks towards the future with a hopeful attitude.

“My win at state felt amazing,” Riedel said. “It was a huge boost of confidence, and was such a neat experience. It was nice to see all my hard work pay off.”

Riedel has been playing golf since he was in elementary school. He said that it was his dad who got him started on the course.

“I started playing at five-years-old. I always loved playing the game, so it was easy for me to practice. I was lucky enough to get good at it.”

Riedel’s first-place win was motivated by his eighth-place finish at last year’s individual tournament.

“Next season, I hope to become a lot more consistent and hopefully be in contention next year at state,” he said.

Recently, Riedel made a verbal commitment to attend Vanderbilt University.

“I decided to commit to Vanderbilt because they have a great golf program – No. 2 in the country,” Riedel said. “I fit in with the team really well and I liked the coaches a lot.”

Now that his impressive year on the course is over, it’s on to his senior year at Stratford and trying to defend his title in 2019.

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