2018-19 All-Louisiana Freshman of the Year
2018-19 All-Louisiana Second Team
FRESHMAN SEASON (2018-19)
Played eight tournaments during his freshman season ... posted a scoring average of 72.63 to rank No. 4 on the team ... had back-to-back top-five finishes at the David Toms Intercollegiate and Tavistock Collegiate ... shot a 4-under 212 (69-74-67) at the David Toms Intercollegiate for a fourth-place showing ... placed tied for fifth at the Tavistock Collegiate with a 6-under 210 (68-69-74) ... lowest round of the season was a 5-under 67 that he registered twice (Rd. 2 David Toms Intercollgiate & Rd. 3 Tavistock Collegiate) ... rolled in career high of six birdies at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate (Rd. 2) and David Toms Intercollegiate (Rd. 2) ... tied for 18th at the Shoal Creek Invitational ... represented LSU at the NCAA Stanford Regional and NCAA Championships ... tied for 27th at the NCAA Stanford Regional (3-over 213) ... 16 of his 21 rounds played as a scoring member of LSU’s team were counted.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the top high school golf recruits in the country in the Class of 2018 … Ranked as high as the No. 6-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 and No. 7-ranked recruit overall in the country in the National Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings posted on National Signing Day in November 2017 … Was also the nation’s No. 10-ranked recruit in his signing class and No. 14-ranked prospect regardless of class in the Rolex Junior Golf Rankings when he signed his National Letter of Intent … Ranked No. 14 among high school seniors and No. 19 overall in the Golfweek junior rankings … A first-team selection to the American Family Insurance All-USA boys’ golf team for the 2016-17 in conjunction with USA Today … Honored as a Rolex Second-Team Junior All-American for his performance with the American Junior Golf Association in 2017 … A two-time AJGA champion with wins at the IZOD AJGA Championship and Junior All-Star at Chantilly National during the 2015 season … Has earned nine top-10 finishes in AJGA-sponsored events during his high school career … Tied for second place at The PING Invitational in October 2017 before signing his National Letter of Intent with the Tigers … Crowned the 2017 champion at the 68th Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship with a winning score of 9-under par 207 at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, North Carolina … Fired a 5-under 67 in the final round to take the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship by three shots … A standout performer at Cannon School of Concord throughout his prep career … Earned all-state honors while helping lead Cannon School to the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A State Championship as a freshman in 2015 … Captured back-to-back NCISAA Class 3A individual titles as a sophomore in 2016 and again as a junior in 2017 … Defended his state crown in a sudden-death playoff to close out the 2017 NCISAA Class 3A State Championship … Honored for the example he sets on and off the course as the 2016 recipient of the Jerry Cole Sportsmanship Award as presented by the AJGA … Has helped raise more than $140,000 for the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and help provide families access to children’s healthcare with his involvement with The Carolina Cup since 2014 … Also fundraises for the AJGA’s ACE Grant Program and The First Tee initiative.
Full name is James Michael Sanders, Jr. … Born on Feb. 2, 2000 … Parents are James and Susan Sanders … Has one older sister, Tyler Leach … An honor student during his prep career at Cannon School of Concord while maintaining a 3.7 high school grade-point average … Plans to major in business at LSU.