Putnam's Jake Bourquein inks Division II men's golf letter of intent
Putnam High School's Jake Bourquein is taking his golf game to the East Coast.
Bourquein on Wednesday confirmed his commitment to the Dominican College men's golf team when he signed a National Letter of Intent with the NCAA Division II Chargers of Orangeburg, New York.
"Dominican has everything I'm looking for," Bourquein said. "It's the right size, it has the majors I'm interested in, and the golf team is really competitive.
"Being a Division II school, it was more than some of the other places I was looking at and it also had a lot more to offer in the way of scholarships, so that was perfect. It was exactly what I was looking for."
Bourquein said he initiated the conversation with Dominican coach Keith Prokop, but didn't get an immediate response.
"He was in the middle of their fall season, so he was kind of busy," Bourquein said. "Then he replied to my email a little later and said, 'If you're still looking for a spot, we'd love to have you.' So, I hopped on the opportunity and went for a visit in mid-February and it was awesome."
Bourquein, a 4.0 student with a 4.5 handicap, said at one point in the recruiting process he had given an oral commitment to Northwest Christian University in Eugene and then changed his mind.
"A couple days after I committed, I got the email back from the coach at Dominican," he said. "It was too perfect to pass up."
The Chargers' current roster has players from Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, and one from Portland -- junior Hunter Wescott out of Westview High School.
Prokop, a former Dominican player, is in his fourth year as the Chargers' coach and is making his way through the PGA Apprenticeship program, working as a teaching professional at New York Country Club.
Bourquein is interested in either business or education as a possible major, and is leaning more toward business having already taken one college-level business and marketing course while at Putnam.
"This opportunity means so much," he said. "It's taken a while to get here, but I'm excited that this happened because it's what I've been looking to do for the last couple years.
"As my game start getting better, I realized that an opportunity such as this might happen and I'm really happy that it actually did."