Jack Tucker, a senior at Bishops Gate Golf Academy, has signed his national letter of intent to play on the men’s college golf team at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich.
Tucker, 18, grew up playing golf in Gross Ille, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, so he’s been familiar with the university for a long time.
“I went there on a visit and the team already felt like home,” Tucker said about why he chose Wayne State. “I’ve grown up around Wayne State because it’s really close to my home. The choice feels good.”
While golf is an individual sport, Tucker is looking forward to playing on a golf team again. Wayne State is a NCAA Division II school and currently ranked No. 60 in the DII college golf rankings.
Tucker is in his first year at BGGA but has loved golf since he was young. He remembers photos of himself with golf clubs from when he was two and three years old. But he started taking golf more seriously around the age of eight.
“I wanted to play golf when I was eight, and I saved up my own money to buy my own set of golf clubs,” said Tucker. “My mom used to make me go to swim team practice. When she dropped me off I would ditch swim practice to play golf and put my bathing suit back on when she picked me up. I loved it and my parents then saw I loved it. They’ve helped me get everything I need to play.”
While Tucker dreams of one day being a professional golfer, he knows the advantage of earning a college education through golf.
Tucker decided to come to BGGA for his senior year of high school after he become serious about taking his game to the next level. He knew he needed to be pushed and the weather in Florida would allow him to train and play golf year-round.
“Since coming to BGGA, I’ve changed mentally more than anything,” said Tucker. “I’ve changed the way I think. It’s totally different and way better than before.”
As Tucker’s time at BGGA nears an end, he says there are plenty of things he will miss. “I’m going to miss how convenient everything is. The houses and dining hall are all right here. The golf course is our backyard. I don’t really have to walk more than 10 steps to get where I’m trying to go.”