Austin Jump likes the idea of finishing his collegiate golf career the way his high school career ended — wearing green and white.

Austin Jump likes the idea of finishing his collegiate golf career the way his high school career ended — wearing green and white.

A 2016 Geneseo graduate, Jump will join the Illinois Wesleyan University golf team in the fall after finishing a strong sophomore campaign at Black Hawk College.

“I have a pretty unique opportunity because the golf team doesn’t take transfers very often,” Jump said. “I got a really good opportunity. I’m lucky and excited because I love the school and the golf team is one of the best in the country.”

In his final season at Black Hawk, Jump earned a place on the NJCAA Division II PING All-Region Team for the Central Region.

This season, Jump felt like every area of his game improved as he captured the Arrowhead Conference title with a final round of 69.

“It was mostly my mentality,” Jump said. “I got more comfortable around even par, and my expectations got a little higher. I knew what I’m actually capable of and even par became an expectation. It helps when you have the confidence to know you can do it.”

An All-State player during his senior season at Geneseo, Jump won the Region VI tournament his freshman season, and he finished runner-up at the Arrowhead Conference meet.

During his sophomore season, Jump found a new level of consistency setting his sights on becoming the first player to repeat as region champion.

He started the season with a tie for medalist honors at the Highland 36 Park Hills Golf Course, in Freeport.

Jump led on the final day, but a bad hole late in the final round landed him in third place.

However, the Black Hawk team won its 33rd conference title and set a tournament record for largest margin of victory (56 strokes) and a record for the lowest three-day score (901).

Jump started the postseason by winning the conference title finishing the final day as the only player under par with a 69 at Byron Hills Golf Course, in Port Byron.

As well as Jump scored at the conference tournament, he felt he could have fired an even lower score considering how well he had been playing.

At nationals, Jump struggled on the first day getting up and down and finished with an 81.

However, he responded with rounds of 73-74-72 to finish tied for 38th.

“I was happy about how I came back,” Jump said. “I think it says a lot about how my game improved.”

Jump doesn’t want to lose his momentum this summer and plans to play in the Waterloo Open which has a mixed field of amateurs and pros competing, in Waterloo, Iowa, starting July 20.

Staying at the top of his game is important for Jump who will be adjusting to playing courses he is unfamiliar with at Illinois Wesleyan.

Last season, the Titans’ golf program won the CCIW Conference tournament and finished 15th at the NCAA Division III championships with a player earning first-team All-American honors and another player earning the Division III Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award.

During the fall, Jump’s average score was 76.0, and he lowered his average to 74.5 during the spring season.

Which helps him feel ready to make the jump.

“I feel so much more comfortable under and around par,” Jump said. “My game is getting to a point where par is a bad score. On any given day I’m shooting even par or under par which is a pretty good feeling.”