by The Nelson Daily Sports on Tuesday October 05 2010
By The Nelson Daily Sports
Nelson’s Matt Hopkins left his mark on the golfing scene while attending Lindenwood University in Missouri on scholarship.
And now the L.V. Rogers grad is being honoured for his contributions as a member of the 2010 Lindenwood University Hall of Fame Class.
Hopkins joins Dawn Cameron (softball), Jennifer Dykes and Debbie Johnson (women’s soccer), Jason Micek (men’s golf), Daniel Odom (men’s basketball), Michelle Patrico (softball) and Katie Pizzardi (women’s basketball) at the induction ceremonies later this week.
Also included in the 2010 class are Fern Bittner (former Director of Horsemanship), Dr. Harlen C. Hunter (meritorious service), the 1977-78 men’s basketball team, the 1999-2000 women’s basketball team and the 2004 men’s soccer team.
Hopkins, 28, was a four-time all-conference and all-region men’s golfer for Lindenwood from 2002-05. He helped the team win four Conference Championships and participated in four national tournaments.
Hopkins had 24 top-ten finishes and won three tournaments during his career.
As a freshman, he was the regional individual champion and led Lindenwood to a regional championship. The next year, Hopkins helped the team repeat as regional champions.
In 2005, the son of Sheila Hopkins of Nelson and Matt Hopkins of Victoria finished in the top 15 at the national tournament and was named to the All-American team. He set a course record that year with a six-under-par 66 at the national championships.
After graduating Hopkins toiled on the Canadian Professional Golf tour during 2007. He made one of 10 cuts, experiencing his best finish a 48th at the Jane Rogers Championship.
Hopkins, a former Granite Pointe at Nelson member, now lives in Vancouver.
The 2010 induction ceremony will take place during Lindenwood’s Homecoming on Oct. 15-16. The Lindenwood Athletic Hall of Fame was created in 2007 to honor the people who have helped make the school’s athletics department one of the most successful programs in the nation.