Dartmouth, Mass. -- UMass Dartmouth senior Jackson Mitchell has been named as the 2018 recipient of the Guy Tedesco Award presented annually by the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association. Mitchell, a native of Marion, Mass. and a graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School, received the honor prior to the start of the NEIGA Championships at The Captains Course in Brewster, Mass.
The Guy Tedesco Award is presented each year to the outstanding New England college golfer who has made a significant contribution to college golf in the areas of active participation, exemplary behavior, promotion of the game, leadership and cooperation with others, and sportsmanship.
Mitchell, who serves as the Corsairs’ captain, helped lead UMass Dartmouth to a runner-up finish at last weekend’s Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at Blackstone National Golf Club in Sutton, Mass., as he carded a two-day total of 163 to finish tied for 14th place. Jackson, who earned all-GNAC honors after posting a runner-up performance at last year’s league championships, has shined throughout his collegiate career, including claiming medalist honors at the 2016 Husson Invitational and earning GNAC Rookie of the Week accolades following a stellar performance at the 2015 NEIGA Championships during his freshman season.
“I remember sitting at the (NEIGA) banquet during my freshman year when the Tedesco Award was presented and thinking, “Wow, that would be amazing to receive an award like that”, and it really hasn’t sunk in that it’s actually happening,” Mitchell said of his honor. “I’m so incredibly thankful to NEIGA, the Tedesco family, (UMass Dartmouth Head) Coach (Joel) Baptista and everyone who made this possible. To be mentioned in the same group of previous recipients is humbling, and I am very grateful.”
It’s already been quite a year for the Mitchell family, as Jackson and his mother Temple (a former UMass Dartmouth field hockey standout and 1997 inductee into the Corsair Athletic Hall of Fame) teamed up to capture the Massachusetts Mother & Son Tournament title with an even par round of 72 at the LeBaron Hills Country Club in Lakeville, Mass. on August 16th.
“With this award, Jackson joins a select group of New England collegiate golfers, and it is well deserved,” Baptista said of Mitchell’s honor. “For four years, Jackson has donned the blue and gold for UMass Dartmouth and done so at a high level in representing his teammates, coaches and the University. It has been an honor to coach Jackson and see him grow both as a golfer and as an individual during his career.”
(Photo courtesy Joel Baptista)