College golf

Jackson swings to prestigious RPI athletic award

By Staff | Oct 10, 2016

Troy, N.Y. — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute student-athlete James Jackson of Islesboro has been named a recipient of one of the school’s highest athletic honors.

Jackson, who recently graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering, is the recipient of the Richard S. Lyons Career Athlete Award. According to Kevin Beattie, associate athletic director for communications and compliance at RPI, “It is among the most prestigious student-athlete awards the department hands out.”

Jackson, who now is an assistant coach with the golf team, was a team captain his senior year and participated in all nine matches. He was named to the All-Liberty League first team and also was the Liberty League male scholar athlete of the year, along with several other accolades.

He averaged a team-best 76.7 strokes for 18 rounds as a senior. He had four top-10 finishes, including third overall at the NYU Spring Invitational, fifth at the ECAC championships and eighth in the four-round Liberty League championships.

Jackson posted a 3.93 grade-point average and was the only golfer in RPI history to earn National Academic All-America accolades.

He also was an all-region and National All-America honorable mention as a junior.

In his first two seasons, Jackson enoyed three top-10 finishes, including a runner-up, and was selected to the All-Liberty League second team during the 2012-13 season.

Jackson is a 2011 Belfast Area High School graduate.

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