Athlete, Golf, 1988-1989
Jamie McNair learned valuable lessons first hand from former Waubonsee coach Bill Prince. “He taught us not to let a bad shot or hole ruin your entire round. Don’t let frustration get the best of you,” states McNair. “With Coach Prince it was not just about the mechanics of your swing, he taught us how to compete and work together as a team,” recalls McNair. “I feel he was a better coach than the two division one guys I played for.”
McNair graduated from Oswego High School in 1987, where he qualified individually for the Illinois State High School Golf Tournament his junior and senior years. He went to Southern Illinois University on a golf scholarship, but he was ‘redshirted’ and did not play his first year for the Salukis. McNair returned home, and Prince persuaded him to compete for the Chiefs instead, becoming the first student-athlete at Waubonsee to ever receive an athletic scholarship. McNair proceeded to earn All-Skyway Conference honors in both 1988 and 1989, leading the Chiefs to the conference title both years. As a freshman he placed third at the Region IV Tournament to qualify for the NJCAA Nationals, back when all golfers were in one division. The next year he finished seventh to once again earn All-Region status and advance to the NJCAA National Championship Tournament.