Media Alert : Jackson Academy NCAA Division I signings
Patti Wade, Director of Marketing & Communications
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Four Jackson Academy athletes to sign with Division I universities November 9
Four Jackson Academy student athletes will indicate their intent to play at NCAA Division I universities on National Signing Day, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Signings will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Learning Commons (formerly called the Upper School Library, on the Sheffield Drive side of campus, in the Administration Building.
The students and their college choices are as follows:
Conner Beth Ball — University of Mississippi, golf
Conley Chinn — Belmont University, basketball
Wilson Furr — University of Alabama, golf
Meredith Roberts — Texas Christian University, tennis
Conner Beth Ball
Madison, Miss. | Golf | Signing with University of Mississippi
- Has played golf competitively since age 6
- Member of Jackson Academy boy’s Golf Team since 2009
- Ranked 40th in the Polo Junior Golf worldwide rankings for her graduating class
- Two-time Mississippi Junior Amateur Champion, one of the state’s youngest players to ever capture the title with her first win at 13 years old.
- MAIS AAA Individual Girls State Champion, leading the Jackson Academy Girls Golf Team to the state runner-up title in 2015 and a member of the 2015 MAIS AAA Boys State Championship team.
- Advanced through match play to the Top 4 in the Mississippi Women’s State Amateur in 2014 and 2016.
- On the national level, Conner Beth finished T-17th in stroke play at the USGA Junior Girls Championship and advanced to match play this summer in Paramus, New Jersey.
- Member of the Southeast Junior Golf Tour (SJGT) and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) with numerous top 5 finishes
- Won three SJGT tournaments and was the runner-up in AJGA Junior at Owensboro.
- Shot a career best 6- under par in two-day competition to capture the medalist honor at the SJGT TimberCreek Junior Classic.
- Finished T-3rd place in the North & South Girls Junior Amateur at Pinehurst, NC in 2015.
- Played in the Big I National Championship in 2012, 2015.
Jackson, Miss. | Basketball | Signing with Belmont University
- Member and starter of the Lady Raiders basketball team since her freshman year
- Member of the 2016 MAIS Basketball overall champions, 2016 MAIS state champions, and 2016 MAIS district champions
- MAIS AAAA tournament team for district, state and overall teams
- All conference MAIS AAAA
- MAIS Player of the Year
- Most versatile player in the 2016 season
- Player for the Alabama Starz AAU team for two years
- 2015-16 Gatorade Mississippi Volleyball Player of the Year, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field
- Member of MAIS State Championship Volleyball Team three years in a row: 2014, 2015, 2016
- A member of the Volleyball All-State Tournament Team each of the past three seasons, she is also a Clarion-Ledger First Team All-State selection
Jackson, Miss. | Golf | Signing with The University of Alabama
- Named to the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American Team for 3rd consecutive year
- Three-time All American
- Had Top 10 finishes at The Thunderbird, The Haas Family Invitational, and the Rolex Tournament of Champions.
- Competed as a member of the East Squad in the AJGA Wyndham Cup
- One of only six American boys on the Junior Ryder Cup team in 2016
- Played in the United States Golf Association USGA Amateur Championship
Jackson, Miss. | Tennis | Signing with TCU
- #1 ranked player in MS in every age group
- Top 10 in the Southern section in every age group
- Ranked as high as top 10 in the US
- Represented MS in the #1 position for Southern Cup 2012-2016
- Clarion-Ledger Max Preps Player of the Year – Tennis 2015
- Dorothy Vest female player of the year for MS 2016
- MAIS 3-time State Champion Girls tennis 2013, 2014, 2015