During the Little Cypress-Mauriceville September Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Sept. 9, Board members recognized a young student for his accomplishments outside of the classroom.

Mauriceville Elementary fifth grader, Jack Burke, is becoming a golf legend at 10 years old. Jack shot a great round at the Southern Texas Pro Golfer Association Junior Golf Championship to tie for third place this summer. He shot a 76, with 74 taking the tournament. He then won a playoff on hole 18 for a spot on the STPGA Texas Junior Cup Team. His top five finish also qualified him to play in the pro-am at the PGA Champions Tour event in San Antonio in October.

Jack’s dad, Campus Athletic Coordinator and Head Football Coach at Mauriceville Middle School says, “Jack has loved golf from the moment he was old enough to hold a club.  As an infant he tried to eat the plastic clubs and as he got older he eventually learned to swing them.”  By the time he was five, Jack played full rounds with his dad at Sunset Grove Country Club and began competitive golf at the age of seven in the Southern Texas Junior PGA and First Tee programs, playing tournaments all across the state.

This past summer Jack reached an amazing milestone by winning his 75th junior tournament.  He is the three-time defending STPGA Points Champion, a two-time Grand Slam champion (winning the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Championships), four-time YMBL Champion, three-time Bruce Leitzke Champion, and the First Tee Junior Masters Champion.  By winning the 2013 STPGA Points title and tying for third at Junior Golf Championship, Jack was named to the 2013 Texas Junior Cup Team, which will compete for the Ryder Cup in October in Austin.  He is also looking forward to playing in the PGA Champions Tour Pro-Am event in San Antonio later that month.

Jack is the son of Aaron and Sabrina Burke and is coached by Todd Ross. Jack also loves fishing and travelling to play golf with his friends from all across the state. He prides himself in making straight A’s in school and is starting fifth grade at MVE.


Photo – Jack with MVE principal, Beverly Knight, and parents Aaron and Sabrina Burke.