The 1998 MHS graduate, for the last three years the head golf pro at Badin Inn and Golf Club in Badin, N.C., is among 365 of the nation's 28,000 golf pros -- and only the 10th in North Carolina -- to be accorded Master Pro recognition.
"I have been working on this for over three years and I could not have done it without a lot of help from many people, especially my wife," Jacobi said. "I feel very privileged to be part of such an elite group."
To be accorded that status, the application must submit an extensive thesis on one aspect of golf, which is reviewed by a panel of professionals in the field. Those topics range from the mental and physical aspects of the swing to computer technology to course construction.
Jacobi was a two-time all-state player for the Owls, finishing 10th in the 1997 MSHSAA Class 3 Championships at Columbia Country Club and third the next year on the same course. He led Marshall to third place in the team scoring as a junior and sixth place as a senior.
Following his prep career, Jacobi went on the play for NCAA Division III power Methodist College (N.C.), earning a degree in Professional Golf Management. He still competes in Carolina PGA Pro-Am events and other tournaments, including the 1998 PGA Club Professionals Championship and the 2011 Nationwide Tour BMW Pro-Am.