Aug. 6, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin head golf coach Michael Burcin announced the addition of Jack Watson of Lincolnshire, Ill., to the Badger roster. Watson is a junior transfer from Kent State University and will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out next season.
“We are extremely excited to have a player of Jack’s caliber added to our program,” Burcin said. “Kent State is a perennial national team contender, and we are excited to have someone from such a competitive program come to Wisconsin. We look forward to Jack’s contribution in another year.”
Watson most recently qualified July 30 for the 2012 U.S. Amateur when he shot a 73-69--142 at the Bull Valley Golf Club in Woodstock, Ill. The U.S. Amateur invites 312 qualifiers for stroke and match play tournament to be held August 13-19 at Cherry Hills Golf Course in Denver.
He also qualified for the 2012 Western Open where he is 54th with a 6-over par 70-73-78-72--293 at Exmoore Country Club in Highland Park, Ill. The Western and the U.S. Amateur are two of the biggest amateur events in golf.
Earlier this summer, Watson made the cut at the Southwestern Amateur where he finished 54th with a 72-75-78-77--302. He also played in the Eastern Amateur where he tied for 47th with 70-71-68-73—282 at the Elizabeth Manor Golf and Country Club in Portsmouth, Va. He won the Illinois Match Play Championship and competed in the Chicago District Golf Association Amateur.
Watson began his college career at Kansas State where in 2010 where he played in all six fall tournaments and finished in the top 10 twice. He ranked third on the team in stroke average with a 74.44 and led the team in rounds even or under par with seven. He took second while playing as an individual at the Jim Colbert Intercollegiate where he fired a 2-under par 214. He tied for sixth at the David Toms Intercollegiate where he fired a team season best 5-under par 211 over three rounds. He also tied for 54th at the Kansas Invitational, 53rd at the Big 12 Conference meet, and 44th at the Firestone Invitational.
In 2011 he transferred to the nationally-ranked Kent State golf program where he played in only one tournament. In March of 2012, he placed 72nd at the Barona Collegiate Cup with a 68-77-81—226.
A four year letterwinner at Carmel Catholic High School in Lincolnshire, he was named the 2009 East Suburban Catholic Conference Player of the Year as a senior. He led his high school team to its first conference championship and first state finals appearance in over 25 years where he finished third. He ranked 98th in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings. He holds school records for scoring average in 18-hole events (72.5), 9-hole events (36.5), low nine-hole round (32), and low 18 hole round (69).
Collegiate Career lows: 18 hole (68 at Barona Colllegiate); 36 holes (140 at David Toms); 54 holes (211 at David Toms); 72 holes (311 Big 12 Championship)
Southwestern Amateur 54th -72-75-78-77--302
2012 U.S. Open Local Qualifying - Inverness, Ill. 11th -73
Western Amateur Open par 54th 70-73-78-72--293
Eastern Amateur 70-71-68-73—282
Barona Collegiate Cup T72nd 68-77-81--226
Big 12 Conference Championship 53rd 75-76-74-86—311
Border Olympics 67th 71-76-77—224
Fresno State Lexus Classic 27th 78-73-72—223
David Toms Intercollegiate 6th 70-70-71—211
Firestone Invitational 44th 71-75-80--226
Wolf Run Intercollegiate 69th 77-77-80—234
AJGA - Midwest Junior Players Championship 9th 73-70-77—220
AJGA - AJGA Notre Dame Junior Open 4th -74-69-72—215
AJGA - AJGA Flossmoor Junior Open 2nd -76-71-72-219
AJGA - Nationwide Insurance Junior presented by the Memorial Tournament 55th 79-77-76—232
AJGA - Midwest Junior Players Championship 20th 79-74-70--223