E.A. Sports Today

Lining up his future

Donoho state, ACC champion LeCroy commits to playing his college golf at South Alabama after a big summer

Jacob LeCroy chose South Alabama over offers from Jacksonville State and Troy. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Jacob LeCroy knew this was going to be a huge summer for his future in golf. He had a strong game, but no college offers and playing well in a heavy summer schedule could be the ticket to taking his career to the next level.

The Donoho senior won two big tournaments, including a state high school title, and parlayed it into three offers. He committed to South Alabama after visiting over the weekend and plans to sign in November.

“It was a good summer; it meant a lot,” he said Thursday between shots while practicing at Anniston Country Club. “I think I’m finally getting to that point I’m good enough to go play college golf.

“I committed a little early, but I wouldn’t have said it if I didn’t like the school. It’s actually where I wanted to go. I’m excited,” he said.

LeCroy played some of the best and most confident golf of his life this summer.

Over the last four months he led the Falcons to county and state team titles, was the Class 1A-2A individual champion, won the Wilfred Galbraith Anniston CC Invitational against a field of adults, qualified for the IMG Junior Worlds at Torrey Pines, and finished fourth in the State Junior Boys.

That led to offers from Jacksonville State, Troy and South Alabama. JSU afforded the chance to play close to home. He seemed close to committing to Troy after visiting there, but pulled the trigger on South Alabama this weekend.

He said it was a difficult decision because “I liked all three a lot.”

“I think it’s probably his best option to get better if he’s wanting to play after college,” Donoho coach Garrett Burgess said. “With the weather and everything, where it’s located, I think it’s a good fit. I don’t know he could’ve picked a better spot.”

LeCroy shot two rounds under par to the 1A-2A medalist. He won the ACC Invitational with a final-round 4-under-par 66 for a three-day total 202 (8-under-par); he beat defending champion Dalton Chandler and Gary Wigington by two.

Wigington was impressed with what he saw.

“He certainly felt like he deserved to be there,” he said. “You could tell he was much more comfortable, he was confident. You can just tell he was built for this type stuff. He’s got the game for it. He’s good all the way around. Somebody was asking me what’s the weak point. I don’t see one.”

Jacob LeCroy (L) accepts the winners trophy in the Wilfred Galbraith ACC Invitational.

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