Middleton's Beckman now a Badger

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By: 
Rob Reischel
Middleton senior Jacob Beckman signed his national letter of intent last week to play golf for the University of Wisconsin./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jacob Beckman is now officially a Badger.

Beckman, a senior at Middleton High School, signed his National Letter of Intent last week to play men’s golf at the University of Wisconsin.

Beckman had made a verbal commitment to play for the Badgers in Dec., 2019, then made it official last week.

“We continue to prioritize the top players from Wisconsin and we are thrilled to have Jacob join the program,” Wisconsin coach Michael Burcin said. “He comes from a very competitive high school golf environment. Moving to the Madison area from the northeast a few years ago, he will be familiar and comfortable in Madison and playing golf all over the nation.”

Beckman’s achievements include:

• No. 1 ranked player in Wisconsin by Wisconsin.golf.

• Fifth place at the 2020 WPGA Junior Championship.

• Fifteenth place at the 2020 Wisconsin Junior Boys Championship.

• Fourth place at the 2020 Lake Arrowhead Invitational.

• First place at the 2019 WPGA Junior Championship.

• Ninth place at the 2019 Wisconsin State Amateur.

• Finished 12th at the 2019 WIAA State championship.

• Participant at the 2019 Junior Boys PGA Championship.

• Placed 12th at the 2019 Wisconsin Junior Boys Championship.

• 2019 Third team All-State (Wisconsin).

• 2019 First team All-Conference (Big 8 Conference).

• 2018 and 2019 academic All-State high honors for golf.

• Third place at the 2018 Players Tour Blackwolf Run.

• Semifinalist at 2018 16U Junior Masters.

Beckman began playing golf when he was three years old, took quickly to the game, then began making a name for himself in Wisconsin when his family moved to Middleton in 2016.

Beckman finished 28th individually at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament in 2018, when he helped the Cardinals finish in a tie for sixth place.

In 2019, Beckman jumped up to 12th individually at state and helped Middleton finish second as a team. 

Beckman averaged 75.54 in 2019 — a four-shot improvement from his freshman year — and was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference and third-team all-state by the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association.

Middleton’s season was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

“Jacob really took his game to a different level,” Middleton coach Tom Cabalka said after the 2019 campaign. “Improving four strokes in one season does not often happen to a player that was already averaging in the 70s. He’s a great competitor and a real student of the game.”

Beckman began contacting several schools, both in and out of the state, after the 2019 season ended. But he’s always loved the UW — which is where his father, Mark, attended. And when Burcin offered Beckman a scholarship last winter, it didn’t take him long to accept.

Last week, Beckman made it official.

“Wisconsin is close to home and the academics at the UW can’t be beat,” Beckman said. “I want to major in business and the UW has one of the top ranked business schools. 

“Also … it is clear they have a very promising future and I want to be a part of it. It was the perfect blend of academics and athletics and being able to stay close to home is an added bonus.”

 

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