College men's golf: Jackrabbits signs two to 2024 class

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BROOKINGS — The South Dakota State men’s golf team has added two players to the roster for the 2024-25 season.

Jake Olson and Jack Randall are set to enroll as freshmen as South Dakota State next fall.

“This 2024 class is very exciting for SDSU men’s golf as we believe it might be the best recruiting class we have signed,” said head coach Parker Edens. “Jack and Jake will come in and make an impact right away. Both players are highly talented and will fit in well with our competitive culture. We are looking forward to the future here in Brookings!”

Jake Olson (6-2, Watertown S.D., Watertown High School)

Jake Olson comes to South Dakota State from Watertown High School in Watertown, South Dakota. Olson brings a number of accolades from the high school and junior competition levels.

Olson is a two-time South Dakota high school individual state champ (2021, 2023) and finished runner-up at the event as a junior in 2022. In his senior campaign, Olson also led the Arrows to a team championship. He has been named the South Dakota Junior Golfer of the Year three times (2021, 2022, 2023) and was the South Dakota Golf Association junior champ in 2021 and 2023. Olson won the Sanford Futures tournament in 2023. Olson has won three individual ESD conference titles and helped the Arrows the three team conference championships. He has tallied 19 individual varsity tournament victories in his career (2019-23).

Olson is the son of Doug and Amber. He plans to pursue a degree in preparation for medical school.

“I have been tracking and following Jake since I got to SDSU,” Edens said. “His junior golf career has landed him as a top 100 recruit in the 2024 class. Jake will be the highest ranked player we have ever signed and are excited to see what he brings to Brookings in the next four years. We are beyond thrilled that Jake will be joining us next fall.”

Jack Randall (6-1, Lawrence, Kan., Free State High School)

Jack Randall makes the move to Brookings from Lawrence, Kansas, where he is in his senior year at Free State High School.

Randall finished in third place at the High Plains Amateur event in 2023. He was runner-up at the Kansas City Junior Amateur in 2022 and was a regional champ in 2021. In 2023, Randall led the Free State squad to its first team win in 10 years and has earned all-league honors three times.

Randall is the son of Steve and Kathy. His father, Steve, served as the South Dakota State men’s and women’s golf coach from 1993-97. He plans to major in business and sports management.

“Jack has some ties to SDSU and we are thrilled he is going to be joining us next fall,” Edens said. “He has had a successful junior golf career and he will be able to come in and compete for us immediately. He is a wonderful young man who knows about being a part of a team and will represent SDSU with the highest class. With the access to our first-class facilities, the sky is the limit for Jack.”