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Isaiah Jackson’s family will be cheering on the Tigers as again as the Red Bay alum continues his golf career with the University of Memphis Tigers.

Isaiah Jackson signs with University of Memphis

By Bart Moss / For the FCT

Former Red Bay golf star Isaiah Jackson has signed a scholarship to continue his college golf career at the University of Memphis in Tennessee.

Jackson has spent the last two years at Meridian Community College honing his skills. During his time at Meridian, he placed in the top 10 in 13 of the 14 tournaments in which he participated, including four first-place finishes. He is currently ranked as the No. 1 golfer in the NJCAA Division II.

He is also tied for the most eagles this fall (7) among all collegiate golfers nationwide.

“Being able to play at the Division 1 level just gives me more reassurance that there is a God,” said Jackson. “It’s been a long and hard road with hours of practice and sacrifice. Without God, I wouldn’t have been able to make it this far.

“Being able to continue playing at Memphis means that all the hard work has paid off and that with hard work your dreams are limitless and anything is possible.”

Playing at Meridian, Jackson added, “has been a tremendous help to my game. The competition level that we compete in every week is at a high standard. You have to show up every week with your A-game, or you can forget about winning,” he said. “Coach Key and Coach Rosenbaum push me every week. If my game is not good, they aren’t afraid to tell me that I need to work on it.”

Jackson was named a 2016-17 First-Team All-American and named to the NJCAA Freshman All-American teams.

Jackson has been an accomplished golfer since his days at Red Bay High School, including qualifying for the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships in Woodland, Texas, in 2014. At Meridian Community College he has won four individual medalist awards and placed in the top ten in 13 of 14 community college tournaments. This fall he had a low round of 64 (-8) and a two-round low of 133 (-11).

For his play last year on the course at Meridian, Jackson  was named MACJC State Individual Champion while leading Meridian to the MACJC state championship. He was named the Mississippi Player of the Year for MACJC. He was also named to the NJCAA All-Freshman Team and the NJCAA First Team All-American.

“Isaiah will bring experience and the ability to win golf tournaments to the team next fall,” said Memphis head coach Blake Smart in a recap from the university athletics website. “He is a dynamic player and a great team guy who will push others to be their best.

“Anytime you can get a multi-time First-Team All-American and No. 1 JuCo in the country, you feel confident in the direction of the program.”

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