4x4: Javier Portal '11
Javier Portal ’11
International Business Major
Among the highlights from Javier Portal’s junior year was playing in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Golf National Championships.
In his first three years as a member of the men’s golf team, Portal played in 20 events, including eight out of nine events his junior year. Last year was Portal’s most successful as an individual player. His best showing was a 2nd place finish at the Alabama State University Fall Classic in Montgomery, where he shot a -3 (141).
The men’s golf team finished the year as one of the top 30 teams in the country and won the last three events of the spring season, earning them a berth in the National Championships, which took place in May at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
“The team is returning four starters this year, so the expectations are sky high,” Portal says. “We expect to be National Title contenders. I’m really looking forward to being on the team and am excited for the season this year.”
On the academic front, Portal says he has enjoyed diving into upper-level classes in business and finance. Over the summer, he took courses at home in Miami and interned in the accounting department at Doctors ER Services. “It was a great experience,” he says of his internship. “I was able to get my feet wet in the ‘real world.’”
After graduation, Portal plans to obtain a master’s degree in international business and pursue a career in the banking or financial industry.
In the meantime, he plans to live his last year at SHC to the fullest. “My SHC experience has been unbelievable,” he says. “This school has given me so much more than just an education. SHC is a special place, and every student here would agree with that. I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything else.”
Portal’s advice to freshmen: “Soak it all in and enjoy your time at Spring Hill. It’s a special place, and before you know it, you’re almost done with it all and moving on with life.”