JONESBORO, Ark. (12/2/16) – Arkansas State head men’s golf coach Mike Hagen has announced that Jakub Bares, a 2016 NJCAA Honorable Mention All-America selection and the Golfstat No.3-ranked junior college player in the nation this year, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Red Wolves beginning with the 2017-18 season.
Hagen, the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, also recruited Bares at Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) before joining the Red Wolves’ program as head coach in July of 2015. Bares helped lead the Warriors to the top spot in Golfstat’s NJCAA rankings this past fall, one year after earning academic all-region and first-team all-district honors during the 2015-16 season.
“I’m excited about the addition of Jakub,” said Hagen. “He will bring valuable experience and is used to winning at the best junior college golf program in the country. He embodies the type of character, work ethic, and talent to make an immediate impact for us.”
A Preisdent’s List and Dean’s List member at IHCC, the current sophomore holds a 72.22 stroke average and 15-3 record against top-25 opponents this season. His record versus top-50 opponents this year stands at 31-3. The Warriors competed in five tournaments during the fall, winning two and placing runner-up in the other three.
The Vrchlabi, Czech Republic, native was named a Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award semifinalist as a freshman after posting a 71.30 and 72.95 stroke average for the fall and spring, respectively. He has played in every tournament of his career for the Warriors.
Prior to joining the IHCC program, Bares attended Gymnasium Vrchlabi school and was the 2014 Czech Republic National Amateur Matchplay champion. He placed third at the International Junior Amateur Championship in 2013, the same year he finished runner-up in the Czech Golf Amateur Tour.
Along with current A-State junior Andrew Huseman, Bares is the second Indian Hills player to sign with the Red Wolves’ under Hagen. Huseman was named a Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection last season for A-State.