BLITZ Golfer of the Year: Jack Rowe

The BLITZ Boys Golfer of the Year is Jack Rowe of Habersham Central. His standout sophomore season has many wondering just how good this kid can be.

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Area Champion
  • Class 6A State 4th Place
  • 35.8 9-hole average
  • 71.4 18-hole average

Jack Rowe was quite the surprise in 2022. On a team with Smith Caudell, a senior who won Golfer of the Year a couple of years ago, it was clear the Raiders would be a force to be reckoned with. However, not many thought Rowe would be the Area Champion and a top-5 golfer in one of the highest classifications in the state of Georgia. Still just a sophomore, your mind can imagine the possibilities of the future success of this young man.

He carded a 35.8 average in 9-hole events, and a 71.4 18-hole average. In the area tournament, Rowe had a 1-under 71 to lead the pack. At state, he had a first round score of 72, and followed it with a 73 in the second round to lift Habersham to 9th overall.

VOTING RESULTS

  1. Jack Rowe – 59 pts (9 1st-place votes)
  2. Tanner Bronnum – 50.5 pts (5)
  3. Garrett Horton – 35 pts (1)
  4. Alex Hughes – 18 pts (1)
  5. Connor Horton – 14.25 pts
  6. Henry Sharpton – 9.75 pts
  7. Smith Caudell – 9.25 pts
  8. Logan Schindler – 4.25 pts

Voting included our 17-person panel made up of sports reporters, writers, video producers, former coaches, players, GHSA officials, and sports experts. The voting is Heisman-style, with the following points system:
1st place votes: 5 pts; 2nd: 3 pts; 3rd: 2 pts; 4th: 1 pts; 5th-6th: 0.5 pts
; 7th-8th 0.25 pts

Jack Rowe earned this one over a LOADED field of very talented golfers. He had nine 1st-place votes, while Tanner Bronnum had five, and Garrett Horton and Alex Hughes one each.

HISTORY OF GOLFER OF THE YEAR

  • 2022 – Jack Rowe – Habersham Central SO
  • 2021 – Jacob Adams – White County SR
  • 2020 – Smith Caudell – Habersham Central SO
  • 2019 – Jeremy Davis – Commerce SR
  • 2018 – Chase Williams – Towns County SR
  • 2017 – Michael Weidner – Tallulah Falls SR
  • 2016 – Hunter Burt – Dawson County JR
  • 2015 – Garrett Rowland – White County SR
  • 2014 – Garrett Rowland – White County JR
  • 2013 – Eli Crumley – White County SR
  • 2012 – Lee McCoy – Habersham Central SR
  • 2011 – Aaron George – Lumpkin County SR
  • 2010 – Aaron George – Lumpkin County JR

Jack Rowe becomes the third Habersham Central golfer to claim the award, as fellow teammate and finalist Smith Caudell won it a couple of years ago. Caudell was a sophomore when he won it, and now Rowe is only the second sophomore to win it.

WHO WILL WIN IT NEXT YEAR?

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