By Justin Sokeland
BEDFORD – Jett Jones, a three-sport athlete at Bedford North Lawrence, decided to pursue his college dreams in the game that measures swing speed rather than foot speed, that emphasizes distance over height.
After making his mark on the football field and basketball court, Jones set his college course for the golf course, signing to play for Indiana Wesleyan, a NAIA program and a member of the Crossroads League, on Friday.
The choice was simple. Nobody tries to tackle a golfer, or foul one. And Jones, flashing some self-deprecating humor, added another reason. “I always liked to say in golf, I can be short and slow and still be good,” Jones said. It’s taking him a long way.
After deciding to focus more of his time and skills on golf, Jones has developed into the top player for the Stars. He’s following in the footsteps of former teammates and mentors Colten Girgis and Trevin Hutchinson (both now playing on the collegiate level), while helping continue the rich heritage and tradition of BNL golf at Otis Park.
“When I was younger, they took me under their wing,” Jones said. “I wanted to continue their legacy.”
Jones will join a Wesleyan program coached by Kyle Bloom. The Wildcats appealed to him with their equal emphasis on development, on and off the course.
“I really liked the campus,” said Jones, who plans to major in one of the engineering fields. “They like to compete, but they also build life skills. It’s more than just the sport.”