Jessie Mudd, Kentucky high school state champion and American Junior Golf Association All-American, has committed to attend the University of Florida.
'We got the pick of the litter,' Florida coach Buddy Alexander said of his newest recruit. 'Jessie is an outstanding golfer, and is only going to get better. I believe he can make his mark on Gator golf.'
Mudd is currently the No. 3-ranked junior golfer in the latest Junior Golf Scoreboard National Rankings, which rates a golfer's performance in tournaments and leading statistical categories. In eight national junior tournaments this season, Mudd has one victory, three top-five finishes, six top-10 finishes and seven top-20 finishes.
Mudd, of Louisville, won the AJGA-Henry Griffitts Bluegrass Junior Invitational in Ashland, Ky., in June. Mudd also competed with Gator freshman James Vargas of Miami, Fla., on the 2002 Canon Cup team, which pits the top 10 junior golfers from the East and West of the United States against each other.
Mudd will join fellow Kentucky native Ryan Cochran of Paducah on next season's team. He will also continue the family tradition of playing for Coach Alexander, as his uncle Jodie Mudd played for Alexander at Georgia Southern from 1979-80. Jodie Mudd had an outstanding professional career by winning the PGA Tour Championship in 1990. Mudd's other uncle, Tommy Mudd, played for Alexander from 1984-87 at LSU.