Vanderbilt’s Zack Jaworski will enter the spring season with a much higher profile.
Jaworski, who had not won in 3-1/2 seasons with the Commodores, rallied Nov. 8 to win the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. The 41st annual tournament at El Paso Country Club featured 22 All-Americans from last season.
“It’s really surreal, honestly,” said Jaworski, an honorable mention All-American last year after he tied for 11th at the NCAA Championship. “To think of the guys that have won this tournament, it’s an honor to now be on the list with them.”
Jaworski joins a Western Refining fraternity that includes future major champions Davis Love III, David Duval, Tiger Woods and Webb Simpson, among others. Jaworski played his final 10 holes in 4-under to shoot the day’s low round, a 4-under 67, and finish at 6-under 207. Vandy teammate Matthias Schwab, LSU’s Zach Wright and South Florida’s Claudio Correa tied for second at 209.
In three fall tournaments, Jaworski, of Alpharetta, Ga., finished 22nd, T-31 and T-69. He failed to qualify for Vandy’s final fall event and came to west Texas at No. 385 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Yet third-year Vandy coach Scott Limbaugh knows Jaworski’s capabilities.
“He has proved he can play well in big tournaments,” said Limbaugh, whose Commodores lost to eventual champion LSU in last year’s NCAA match-play quarterfinals.
In nine fall rounds, Jaworski averaged 73.89 strokes, with no score in the 60s. In his final two rounds at El Paso, he shot 69-67.
“I have put in a lot of work since the end of the fall season,” Jaworski said, “and came out here looking to do my best.”
After Vandy’s fall season, Jaworski spent a weekend in Florida with renowned instructor Claude Harmon III.
“That certainly helped him,” Limbaugh said. “Zack is too good of a player.”
For one weekend in Texas, at least, it was all good.
By Lance Ringler for Golfweek