Coach Scheinost Lands Top Talent from California's Bay Area
All Five Colonials in Top Half of 50-Player Field Following Opening Round
Colonials Card Consecutive Sub-300 Rounds, Persons Opens With 69
Colonials Tied for Fifth Place and on Pace for Top Team Finish of Season
Helton Closes Strong to Set Career-Low 54-Hole Total
2012 GW Golf Intercollegiate Invitational At Bear Trap Dunes Golf Club in Bethany Beach, DE
2013-14: Finished second on team with a 76.16 scoring average and 449-412 (.521) win-loss record in 32 rounds at 11 events ... Tied for ninth at the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship at 12-over 225 (75-69-81) to earn A-10 All-Conference accolades and a share of Colonial of the Week honors with teammate Michael Heda ... Shared team-lead of five rounds of par-or-better with Heda ... Season-low 54-hole total of 2-over 215 (75-71-69) en route to t-14th at the Bash at the Beach ... Averaged 74.4 shots and .735 win-loss percentage (275-99) over 12 rounds in his final five events, recorded four top-17 finishes during stretch ... Recognized on GW Athletics Academic Dean's List for spring and fall 2013 semesters.
2012-13: Led team with a 75.3 scoring average and 535-300 (.641) win-loss record in 32 rounds to earn team MVP honors ... Posted pair of top-20 finishes, highlighted by a t-10th at the Harmony Preserve Intercollegiate with a three-round 7-over 223 (79-72-72) ... T-11th at the Triumph at Pauma Valley with three-round 10-over 223 (72-75-76) ... Fired six rounds of par-or-better, including collegiate-best round of 67 (3-under) at the Donald Ross Intercollegiate on Oct. 15 ... Missed qualifying for 2013 U.S. Amateur by two shots after carding two-round 2-under 142 in qualifier at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Golf and Country Club in July.
2011-12: Finished his rookie campaign with a 76.0 stroke average through 11 tournaments and 29 rounds of play...Helped GW to its first-ever Atlantic 10 Championship with a two-round score of even-par 144 to tie with teammate Brandon Rukin for an 11th-place finish...Named A-10 Rookie of the Week on three occasions (Oct. 26, April 12, April 25) and A-10 Performer of the Week once (Oct. 26) ...Set new school 36- and 54-hole scoring records (138 and 207) en route to a fourth-place finish at the Old Dominion/Outerbanks Collegiate...His nine-under par 207 was a season- and team-best.
Junior, High School & Amateur Golf: Recipient of the 2011 Wildcat Award (Senior Leadership Award) and helped lead St. Ignatius College Prep to the 2010 West Catholic Athletic League Championship title...Placed third individually at WCAL Championship with an even-par 70...37.1 average senior year...Also played for The Olympic Club Junior Team from 2007-11 and won the Bay Cities League Championship in 2010...Best tournament finishes came at the 2010 Fairfield Junior where he won the event and he was a finalist at the 2011 San Francisco City Championship, the oldest consecutively played competition in the world...Lowest competitive score was a 67 at Paradise Valley G.C. in August, 2010 and his lowest non-competitive round was a 65 at the Olympic Club's Ocean Course in May, 2011.
Personal: Born January 10, 1993 in San Francisco, California...Full name is Jack Halsted Persons...Son of Thomas and Susan Persons...Has one younger sister, Nicole... Favorite course played is Spyglass Hill in Pebble Beach, CA...Hobbies include skiing and playing basketball and Frisbee golf...Aspires toward a career in professional golf and/or journalism...Plans to major in political science.