October 4, 2017—
The third-annual Jackrabbit wrapped up this Tuesday, after three wonderful days of collegiate golf. Late-fall collegiate action on the prairie.
Hosted by South Dakota State Jackrabbits, The Jackrabbit brought twelve elite Division I college teams to the remote parts of Nebraska, where they had the opportunity to compete at one of the most unique venues in college golf—our Dunes course.
On Saturday, the weekend had a unique element to the event. One player from each of the top teams participated in a Collegiate-Am, where amateur foursomes paired up with student-athletes to create 5-man teams, as a unique and relaxed way to kick off the event.
It was a great experience for the athletes and the amateur teams got up-close action to the nation’s best young college golfers.
The tournament began on Sunday and ran through Tuesday, with 18-holes each day.
Participating teams included:
The SDSU Jackrabbits, the Tennessee Volunteers, the Central Florida Black Knights, the Missouri Tigers, the KU Jayhawks, the UMKC Kangaroos, the Boise State Broncos, the UConn Huskies, the Houston Cougars, the Santa Clara Broncos, the Creighton Blue Jays, and the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Of these twelve teams, six were first-time attendees. Multiple athletes and coaches commented on the beauty of the property and referred to the Jackrabbit as their favorite tournament of the year.
Low winds all week and overnight rains each night softened the course and forced the committee to implement lift, clean, and place throughout the tournament. This led to a lot of birdies—and we mean, a lot. These collegiate golfers are impressive!
The Santa Clara University Broncos from Santa Clara, California took home the title of tournament champions, totaling an impressive score of 825 (39-under par) over the 54-hole event. The Broncos found themselves at home on their first trip to the prairie.
The individual champion, Hayden Shieh, came from SCU as well, and finished with a total score of 201. He came out firing, posting a first round 64 (8-under par) on Sunday. He kept making birdies and finished the weekend 15 strokes under par.
The University of Tennessee Volunteers were the runners-up with a total score of 828, and the individual runner-up, Rhys Nevin-Wharton, also came from UT, with a score of 202.
The lowest score of the week was a second round 63 (9-under) by Bobby Bai of UCF.
Looking back, we are proud to report that the event was a true success. Pairing top collegiate talent with our uniquely outfitted golf courses creates an event that can be enjoyed by both participants and observers.
We are sincerely grateful for the support and excitement we received from our staff, the participants, and the surrounding community.
It was a wonderful way to close out the season, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.