May 12, 2017 - By Scott Akanewich, Sports EditorRiverton's senior golfer will be on the fairways for the Yellowjackets next season.
Jayd Dion has finally reached the end of one chapter of his golf career and is ready to now embark on the next. The Riverton High School senior signed a national letter of intent Thursday to attend and play at Montana State University-Billings.
"It feels like a long journey has ended," said Dion, who, along with his Riverton teammates, won four consecutive Class 4-A state golf championships. "It's been a long four years, but I've finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel."
Dion only took up golf after a football injury derailed his gridiron dreams in seventh grade, he said.
"We were doing up-and-downs during practice and a kid fell right on my arm and broke it," said Dion. "I thought about it for a while and said 'maybe I'll try golf.'"
Chalk it up as an excellent decision, one which has now provided him the opportunity to compete at the college level while also pursuing higher education.
Despite the relatively late start in picking up the sticks, Wolverines head coach Lars Flanagan attributed much of Dion's success to old-fashioned work ethic.
"Jayd's worked very hard to be a good golfer," said Flanagan. "For example, the other day when we were out of school, he was over at the country club all day working on his game."
It's not only Dion's course acumen which endears him to Flanagan, but his overall well-roundedness.
"Jayd's not only a good golfer," said Flanagan, "but a good student and a good person, as well."
Dion said he thrives on the fact golf is an individual sport within a team framework, providing the best of both worlds as far as he's concerned.
"I love the individual aspect of the game, especially when you're out on the course fighting for your life," said Dion. "I love tournament golf and the round-by-round scenarios with your teammates. It's a different world out there -- you have to be so focused."
As far as his Wolverines career goes, Dion knows he's going to have to go some to beat his time as a Big Red swinger, he said.
"I had a great high-school experience," said Dion. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
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