FORT MYERS, Fla. –
First-year FGCU men’s golf head coach Brent Jensen
dipped into the local talent pool to land his first recruit, announcing the signing of Bishop Verot’s Jack Hernandez (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS)
to a National Letter of Intent on Monday afternoon.
“We’re really excited to have Jack joining the FGCU family,” said Jensen, who guided the Eagles to a pair of team titles in the fall. “We’ve had such a strong group of local players come through our program and we think Jack will continue that tradition. He’s got such a solid all-around game and the right demeanor on the course to be very successful.”
As a senior this fall, Hernandez led Bishop Verot to a District A-17 title at Riverwood Country Club in Charlotte, Fla. with a three-under par 69 to take home his second straight individual district championship. Hernandez was one of two individual state qualifiers at the Class 1A-Region 6 Tournament, as Bishop Verot lost in a playoff to advance to the state tournament as a team.
The Class A State Tournament appearance was the third of Hernandez’s career, as he finished in 36th place after back-to-back 75s. Hernandez sported a nine-hole stroke average of 35.5 during head-to-head matches during the regular season.
Hernandez will build onto an already-strong local pipeline that includes Fort Myers natives senior Dan Mazziotta (Fort Myers, Fla./Cypress Lake HS) and junior Alex Medinis (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS). Two weekends ago, Hernandez finished in a tie for fourth place at the Southwest Florida Men’s Amateur in which Medinis won at Eastwood Golf Course.
This past summer, Hernandez picked up a huge win over former Bishop Verot teammate and reigning Fort Myers News-Press Player of the Year Chase Marinell at the 18th Nolan Henke/Patty Berg Junior Masters at Cypress Lake Country Club. Trailing by three strokes entering the final round, Hernandez carded a four-under par 68 to win the event and defeat Marinell by one stroke.
Prior to the start of his junior year, Hernandez got the best of both Mazziotta and Medinis in July of 2009, finishing higher than them at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier at Kensington Golf & Country Club in Naples with rounds of two-under 70 and 73.
Just a few weeks prior to squaring-off against Mazziotta and Medinis, Hernandez finished third at the 55th Florida Boys Junior Championships in Palm Beach, Fla. In December of 2009 at the Doral-Publix Junior Golf Classic run by The First Tee Miami-Dade Amateur Golf Association, Hernandez finished 37th out of a field of 170 participants in the Boys Championship flight and was the 13th-best finisher from the U.S.
It was a good fall for Jensen and the Eagles, as they produced tournament titles at the Savannah Mizuno Intercollegiate and the Stetson Invitational. FGCU also turned in a pair of runner-ups and finished at under-par as a team in seven of 15 rounds over five tournaments.