LC-M golf standout Burke commits to Texas State

Published 12:41 pm Monday, April 20, 2020

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LITTLE CYPRESS – Little Cypress-Mauriceville standout junior golfer Jack Burke’s dream of playing NCAA Division I golf came true last week as the 2019 Class 4A state champion verbally committed to play his college golf at Texas State University.

Burke received some more excellent news this week as well as he was named the 2019-20 Southeast Texas Coaches Association Player of the Year for golf.

What a grand day it was last May when Burke strolled his way to the gold medal to win the Class 4A Boys State Golf crown at the Plum Creek Golf Course in Kyle.

After firing an opening round score of 71, Burke improved by a shot in the second round with a sizzling 70 to finish with a two-round score of 141.

Burke won the tournament by two strokes. Argyle’s Logan Diomede was second with a 143 (74-69) after a nice second round while Carthage’s Miller Harris was third with a 144 (73-71).

With his big season, Burke was named the 2019 Boys Player of the Year at the Babe Zaharias Junior Golf Awards.

At 6-feet-2, 245 pounds, requiring a size 16 shoe and projected to stretch out to 6-6, Burke is a unique combination of power, touch, on-course discipline and
ambition for someone 16 years old. People in the know talk in terms of “sky-is-the-limit” potential.
Burke is named after Texas golf icon Jack Burke Jr., winner of the 1956 Masters and a 2000 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee.

Since 2010, he’s won 124 of 179 junior events and 141 of 222 overall tourneys in which he participated.

In 2019 for the Bears, Burke won eight of 11 high school tournaments and finished runnerup twice.

He was on a roll again his junior season, winning each tournament the Bear golf team participated in before the COVID-19 pandemic officially ended all University Interscholastic League competitions.