Both Men’s & Women’s Golf at William Jessup Find Great Success in Coach Isaac Sanchez’s 2nd Season, Future Looks Bright.
The Jessup Golf program experienced significant growth in 2023, setting the stage for a promising future. Under the leadership of Isaac Sanchez, the program showcased its potential to compete at a high level in the upcoming spring of 2024. The team’s potential was displayed by multiple notable achievements throughout the year.
As Sanchez entered his second year as head coach, the summer of 2022 played a pivotal role in solidifying the team’s roster. Sanchez had more control over the team this year as he was able to bring in his own recruits.
Among the newcomers was freshman Jessica Burdick, a talented local athlete from Rocklin. Burdick wasted no time making an impact, impressing in the opening tournament of the season with a top-five finish at the OUAZ Fall Invitational. She continued her success in the subsequent event, claiming her first collegiate win at the TMU Danish Classic in Southern California.
Burdick made huge contributions to William Jessup Golf, including two tournament wins and numerous top-five placements. Her exceptional collegiate debut earned her the title of GSAC Freshman of the Year after earning an All-GSAC honor at the GSAC Championship.
While Burdick garnered attention, the men’s team also had noteworthy performances during the fall season. The team secured a dominant victory at the PCH Invitational in Carmel, winning by a ten-stroke margin. The team was led by freshman Matthew Shimizu who finished second in the tournament individually.
Continuing their success into the fall, the Warriors clinched their second team win at the Jessup Fall Invitational, held at their home course of Whitney Oaks Golf Club. Despite the cancellation of the second day due to inclement weather, the team emerged victorious in this shortened event.
Following the conclusion of the fall season, the William Jessup Golf Team enjoyed a break of two and a half months before returning to action in the OUAZ Spring Shootout in January. The spring season saw them compete in various locations, including Arizona, Nevada, Northern California, and Southern California, all in preparation for the highly anticipated GSAC Championship in Sun City West, Arizona, at the end of April.
Burdick’s impressive final round in Arizona, scoring 73 (+1), paved the way for the women’s team, while Shimizu led the Jessup men with a two-over final round. As the summer arrived, the Warriors continued to shine, especially freshman Oscar Gutierrez making his PGA Tour debut at the Jalisco Open.
The William Jessup Golf Team looks strong as they round about a successful year with lots of young talent. There is no reason to believe they won’t continue their success into the 2024 season.
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