Jack Kerdasha has been playing golf almost his entire life.

The 16-year-old first picked up golf clubs a dozen years ago. His father taught him the game. Jack says he likes golf because it’s a family sport and he often plays with his siblings and parents. And he likes it because of the game’s integrity.

Jack Kerdasha after winning the Atlanta Junior Golf 18-hole Tournament.

Practice paid off. This year, the Dunwoody High School sophomore won the Atlanta Junior Golf 18-hole Championship.
Jack was a member of the Peachtree Middle School golf team and now plays on the Dunwoody team. This past year, the team won county and regional championships. Although he was on junior varsity team last year, he plans on making the varsity squad this year.

His golf skills led him to Atlanta Junior Golf. He’s been part of the organization for three years. While he has competed in the championship for all three years, his best finish before this year’s win was 22nd. The biggest factor in Jack’s jump from 22nd to first was to put in the necessary practice, he said, and stronger shots with the clubs known as irons.

Golf isn’t his only interest. Jack also plays saxophone in the high school marching band and he will be the sophomore class president this year. Outside of school, he volunteers at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

Jack has been playing the saxophone for five years. “I always liked the way it looked and sounded,” he said.

The instrument first intrigued him in fifth grade, he said, when he saw the video of former President Bill Clinton, decked out in cool sunglasses, playing sax on the “Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992. Jack now plays in his church’s concert band and the DHS marching band.

Jack hopes to work in Washington one day, as he has already applied to work as an aide for Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. Jack is to be the DHS sophomore class president. In eighth and ninth grade, he served as treasurer.

Outside of sports, music and school, Jack is a “volunteen” at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. He has worked at the hospital for the past two summers in admissions, patient transport and communications.

Allison Hager, director of guest and volunteer services at the hospital, said that Jack has a special bond with the seniors in the hospital. She said that he genuinely became friends with many of the patients and that “they love him, and they can’t wait until he comes back.”

What’s Next?

Jack hopes to study political science in college and eventually go on to law school.

This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a senior at The Galloway School.