2016 Jackrabbit Champion Wins US Amateur


August 23, 2017—

The Jackrabbit continues to add to its unbelievable resume.

Last weekend, more Jackrabbit history was made. This time at the 117th U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club in California.

Southern California (Torrey Pines) was the site of the ultimate emergence for a 2015 Jackrabbit Alum, Jon Rahm. Rahm, now ranked 8th in the world rankings, launched a career as one of the elite young players in the entire world.

At Riviera, Clemson Tigers sophomore golfer Doc Redman had his shining moment.

Redman, the 2016 Jackrabbit champion at The Prairie Club, claimed his signature victory. He won the U.S. Amateur. As the champion of the U.S. Amateur, he’ll probably be invited to the Masters tournament next spring, along with the U.S. Open and The Open Championship. This win will springboard his entire 2018 season—and potentially, entire career. In the aftermath of the U.S. Amateur, he was one of 10 golfers selected to the 2017 Walker Cup team.

And we thought his 63 on the Dunes course would be the signature moment…

The finish of the Redman/Doug Ghim match was absolutely incredible. Down two with two to play, Redman needed to win the remaining two holes. Watch what he did on 17:

And then on 18, needing this putt:

He won in a playoff.

What an incredible chapter to add to golf’s history, let alone Jackrabbit history.

For those of you who have yet to play or participate in the Jackrabbit, we hope this is more evidence signaling the magnitude of the talent that comes to The Prairie Club each and every year for this premier college event. We now have a U.S. Amateur champion. With the teams on this year’s schedule, we’re hearing the talent level is the same.

If can make time to join us this year, please contact Casey VanDamme at South Dakota State (casey.vandamme@sdstate.edu) and contact our team.

For more information on the 2017 Jackrabbit.

Watch the Full Recap of the final match, here: