Arkansas Golf Signs Two In-state Products
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Razorbacks didn’t have to look far for talent after they inked a pair of Arkansas junior golfers. Steven Cox of Jonesboro and Jordan Payne of West Memphis both signed national letters of intent during the early signing period.
“We’re extremely excited to have Steven Cox and Jordan Payne be a part of the Razorback golf program,” Arkansas head coach Mike Ketcham said. “Both come from outstanding families and are a great fit for our program. They also both have extensive national experience and have done very well.”
Cox was a four-year letterman and 19-time medallist at Jonesboro High School. He helped his team garner runner-up honors at the 2004 state championships and earned 5A all-state honors in 2003-04. He was also the 2003 Arkansas state Junior Match Play Champion.
This year he qualified for all four American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) majors and in 2003 he was a United States Golf Association (USGA) Junior Amateur Qualifier. In addition to excelling in golf Cox is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and the basketball team.
Payne is currently ranked as the No. 14 junior golfer in the nation according to the Nov. 8 Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings. We was a four-year letterman at West Memphis High School and earned three all-state and four all-conference honors during his prep career.
He has seen a large amount of success in his senior campaign as he became the first junior golfer to capture all three major Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA) titles in one year. He won the Junior Match and Stroke Play titles and the overall Arkansas High School championship. He was also the 2004 5A East Conference Champion. Over the summer he registered three top-20 AJGA finishes, including a personal-best sixth-place finish in Mobile, Ala.
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