Randpark’s Stefan Jacobs has won one of America’s most prestige college golf tournaments just three months after arriving at Georgia’s Augusta University as a freshman.
The 19-year-old took top honours in the 54-hole Southland Conference Championship held in San Antonio Texas this past week. Stefan was part of Augusta University’s “Jaguars” line-up that participated in the Championship alongside nine other teams from top universities in the south of the United States.
The Randpark whiz kid had rounds of 66, 68 and 69 for 13-under-par overall at Hill Country Resort Golf Club to lift the individual title. His final round included birdies at three of his last four holes. And his 203 aggregate was only one stroke off the tournament record of 202 set way back in 1985 by Lamar University’s John Reigger who would go on to play on the PGA Tour and win at professional level. He joins Reigger as one of only two players in the tournament’s history to post all three rounds in the sixties.
Stefan’s hot golf played a big part in helping the Jaguars lead from wire-to-wire in the team event, so for Augusta University, there was a double celebration once the last putt had been holed.
Jacobs and the Jaguars will now represent the Southland region in the NCAA Men’s Championships as automatic qualifiers. And Stefan, son of Randpark’s senior golf star Schalk Naude, also earns himself a coveted spot in the six-player all-tournament Southland team.
Written by Randpark member Grant Winter.