LINCOLN LAND CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES SPRINGFIELD NATIVE AS 2018 SPONSOR EXEMPTION

4/10/2018

Five-Time Men’s City Tournament Champion, Jake Erickson to compete in 2018

 

Springfield—April 10, 2018—The Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS announced today that Jake Erickson, a Springfield native and five-time Men’s City Tournament Champion will compete in the 2018 event via sponsor exemption into the tournament.  “We are very excited to be able to extend an exemption to Jake for the 2018 tournament. Jake brings not only his tremendous talent to the table but will also give the home-town crowd a local favorite to root for at this year’s event.” said Executive Director, Kate Peters.  “We know Jake has seen remarkable success at Panther Creek in the past and we are planning to see significant galleries in attendance to show their support.”

 

Erickson, a Springfield native and 2009 Sacred-Heart Griffin graduate, has an impressive golf resume.  A five-time city tournament champion (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017), Erickson also finished T12 in the 2017 Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship at Calumet Country Club in Homewood, Illinois.   Other highlights on Erickson’s resume include a T2 finish in the 2017 Illinois State Mid-Amateur Golf Championship at Exmoor Country Club and has been the Club Champion at Panther Creek Country Club in 2016 and 2017.  “It is an honor to have the opportunity to compete in the Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS, “said Erickson.  “After earning my master’s degree at SIU, I didn’t have the opportunity to immediately pursue my lifelong dream of playing professional golf and I’ve been focused on growing my career as an amateur as my finishes at the Illinois State Amateur tournaments throughout the years will show. I know that if I have ever been ready, now is the time.   To be able to compete on my home course with my friends and family to support me, it’s a dream come true.”  Currently Erickson is employed as a Credit Officer with Bank of Springfield.  “At Bank of Springfield, we are excited that Jake has this opportunity.  He is a tremendous competitor and we support him 100%.” Said Mike Pence, Executive Vice President at Bank of Springfield.  

 

The Lincoln Land Championship presented by LRS will be held June 25 – July 1 at Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, IL.  Tickets to the Lincoln Land Championship are on sale now for $10 or $25 for a four pack of tickets.  Every dollar from grounds ticket purchases will go to participating charities.   Spectators can upgrade their tournament experience with passes into the Landmark Cadillac Club. The Landmark Cadillac Club is an all-inclusive VIP experience that provides food and beverage, clubhouse access and access to the shared hospitality area on the 18th green.   Information on all ticket packages as well as a variety of sponsorship and volunteer opportunities can be found online at LincolnLandChampionship.com

 

 

Jake Erickson – Golf Bio

Division 1 Collegiate Career:

  • 4-year Division 1 NCAA Golf Scholarship & Academic Merit Scholarship to Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
  • 2-time Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar
  • 3-time Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete First Team
  • 2-time Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf All-Conference First Team
  • 5-time Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Player of the Week (second-most in SIU history)
  • Won 3 Division I Collegiate Tournaments during 4-year career (most in SIU history)
  • Nine career rounds in the 60s (Tied for most in SIU history)
  • Second most rounds played in a career at SIU

 

Other:

  • Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship T2nd place in 2013 (67-73-71-73)
  • Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship T6th place in 2015 (71-70-71-69) (At Panther Creek)
  • Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship T7th place in 2016 (68-68-70-68)
  • Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship T12th place in 2017 (68-71-72)
  • Illinois State Mid-Amateur Golf Championship T2nd place in 2017 (74-74-70)
  • Southern Illinois Golf Association (SIGA) Champion and SIGA Player of the Year, 2011
  • 5-time Springfield Men’s City Golf Tournament Champion, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017

(Runner-up 2014) (Broke the all-time under par record for the City tournament at 20 under par in 2016) (70-62-67-69) (69 was at Panther Creek CC)

  • 2016 Panther Creek Club Champion (66-72, 6 under par)
  • 2017 Panther Creek Club Champion (66-70, 8 under par)
  • Set the Course Record at Lincoln Greens GC with a 10 under par 62 in the 2016 City tournament
  • Tied Illini Country Club Course Record with a 7 under par 64 on August 8, 2017
  • United States Mid-Amateur Qualifier, 2016 (67) (T64th - Lost in a playoff to make match play)
  • United States Amateur Alternate, 2010
  • United States Amateur Four Ball Alternate, 2016
  • United States Open Local Qualifier Alternate 2016 (70)
  • United States Mid-Amateur Alternate, 2017 (71)