Hi coach. I'm Matthew Bernthal, age 17, and
I’ve been playing competitive golf since I was 8 years old. I won my very first tournament and was hooked. Since then I've competed in over 100 tournaments throughout Arizona, Texas, and California.
I currently play in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA), the nationally-ranked AJGA, and on my High School team (Arizona Lutheran Academy) where I have been the #1 golfer and varsity letter winner my first 3 years. My nickname at school is "Bernie."
I've also played on the Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association tour, the Southwest Section PGA Antigua Tour, the Southern Texas Junior PGA tour, and on the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour.
I love everything about golf but most of all I LOVE competition. I thrive on it. That's also why I admire my swing coach, Andy Walker so much. He was a key member of the 1997 NCAA national championship team at Pepperdine along with his close friend Jason Gore. His motto is, “I don’t have a passion for golf as much as I have a passion for competitive golf.”
I share that passion. That's why my goals for college golf are to play for a competitive team in any division. My desire is to improve as a golfer and as an individual so I can help my team be the best they can be. I believe that happens not only by shooting low scores, but also by setting a good example in academics, work ethic and making good life decisions.
Some of my fondest memories from my first 3 years of High School are getting a hole-in-on in my first High School golf match as a freshman (167 yards, 8-iron) and shooting 68 (-4) on the final day of the Arizona State High School championship as a Sophomore. It was the lowest score of the final round -- outpacing 98 other golfers, including prep standout Frankie C. (Alabama recruit at that time). As a Junior I beat Frankie in a head-on match at Palmboorok Country Club in May of 2018, winning by 2 strokes at his home course in a high school 9-hole match. At the time, Frankie was the world #1 golfer on Junior Golf Scoreboard. I shot 34 (2 under) to his 36 (even). Just a few months later, he is now a starter on Alabama's varsity team which is 6th in the nation. And Frankie is currently ranked 54th among all D1 college golfers.
What I'm Working On
This year I'm working 22 hours per week to improve my swing, my ball flight, my distance control, my mental game, and especially my short game. My favorite thing to practice is making clutch putts in pressure situations because that's what wins tournaments.
Outside of golf, I also play football. I made varsity my freshman year and became a varsity starter by my Sophomore year. I was selected by my coaches to win the Coyote character award 3 out of my 4 playing years. Last Fall (my Junior year) I won the Mr. Hustle award for being the hardest worker in practice and most competitive on the field.
I'm a hard worker and try to excel at everything I do. In the classroom I have maintained a 3.91 (unweighted) GPA. I regularly volunteer at my church and am a member of the National Honor Society.
Why I'm a Good Recruit
I'm quiet by nature, but highly competitive. As a result, I usually play my best golf and card my best scores in the biggest tournaments.
I feel my character, athleticism, work ethic, scholarship, and commitment to improve makes me an ideal candidate for any golf coach looking to fill a roster slot for 2019. Please feel free to call or text me with any questions at (520) 405-0041.