Palmer Jackson wins first college tournament, helps Notre Dame to team title
Palmer Jackson knows how to deliver on the golf course.
He delivered in a big way for Notre Dame on Monday at the Quail Valley Collegiate tournament in Vero Beach, Fla.
No. 7 Notre Dame was in a tight match with South Florida heading to the final hole of 54-hole tournament. The teams were deadlocked at 42-under par when the Franklin Regional graduate and Fighting Irish freshman stepped to the final hole.
Jackson made birdie to give Notre Dame its fourth team title in five tournaments and clinched his first collegiate title.
Jackson finished the three-round tournament with a 16-under par 200, edging out teammate Taichi Kho and South Florida’s Albin Bergstrom, each who shot a 14-under 202.
“We couldn’t be prouder to finish the fall off with a win,” Notre Dame coach John Handrigan said. “These guys showed a ton of grit keeping their heads down after early success and were never satisfied. In my 20 years of coaching I’ve never been a part of something this impressive. Four wins in five events is unprecedented in college golf.”
Jackson’s performance set a new tournament record. His 16-under par total also set a new 54-hole program record.
Jackson was the very definition of consistency, recording just one bogey over his first 45 holes. Jackson tallied seven birdies during his round of 67. He also had a 67 in the first round and a 66 in the second round.
Paul Schofield is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .