Senior golfer at Monett High School, Jacob Fair, continues to collect honors and awards.
Last week, Fair was named American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) HP Scholastic Junior All-American and this week Fair was recognized as Rolex Junior All-American, second team member.
"I'm honored," said Fair. "Theses awards are golf's equivalent to being named to the high school basketball's McDonald's All-American team or football's Under Armor All-American teams."
Sponsored by HP since 1988, the team scholastic consists of 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.
Fair is ranked first in his class of 145 students at Monett High School. A standout in the classroom and on the golf course, he is a member of the AJGA Leadership Links program, participating in the Birdies for Charity Program. Fair contributes much of his time participating in and fundraising for the Relay for Life event to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. He is also actively involved in Future Business Leaders of America and the St. Lawrence Catholic Church Youth Group.
In addition to his community involvement, Fair has found success on the golf course, holding the 25th spot in the Polo Golf Rankings. He has compiled four top-10 finishes in competition this season, including a second-place finish at the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities, the AJGA Huntsville Junior and the Lockton Kansas City Junior.
"HP is delighted once again to recognize academic excellence with the naming of the 2011 HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team," said John Dayan, vice president of marketing, Personal Systems Group Americas, Hewlett Packard. "The AJGA works hard to prepare young adults for life after high school by instilling honor, perseverance and good sportsmanship. HP is proud to be associated with the AJGA and this great group of young adults."
To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, leadership skills, SAT/ACT/PLAN/PSAT scores, community service and writing ability. Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.
Fair will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 20, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, Fair is eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion and Haig Courses, Nov. 19-25.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Stewart Cink, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Inbee Park and Morgan Pressel.
"I consider myself a perfectionist," said Fair. "I enjoy the classroom and golf because I am in control. If I hit a bad shot it is on me and I have to work harder to get better. The same goes for in the classroom. The more difficult the problem the more challenging it is for me, the more I am going to work to solve it."
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior All-America Teams recognize players who have proven to be the world's premier junior golfers. This year's selections distinguished themselves through their outstanding play in 83 national events, 70 of which were conducted by the AJGA. The Rolex Junior All-America Teams were determined exclusively through the Polo Golf Rankings as of Oct. 18.
The teams are made up of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-19, from 24 states and eight foreign countries (Argentina, Colombia, China, France, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago).
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans comprise the top players on the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the top 10 players in the PGA TOUR's FedEx Cup, Bill Haas, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Brandt Snedeker and Chez Reavie each earned Rolex Junior All-America honors during their junior golf careers, while Mahan was Rolex Junior Player of the Year in 1999.
"I have always tried to take my academics serious," said Fair. "I understand that golf is a game. If I have a solid education I know after graduation, I will have more opportunities awaiting more than what golf alone can provide."