One of the top amateurs in the country... named second team All-American by Golfweek and honorable mention All-America by Ping in 2006... a two-time All-ACC selection and the 2005 ACC Freshman of the Year... chosen to represent the United States at the 2006 World Amateur Team Championship in South Africa... played last March in the Bay Hill Classic, a stop on the PGA Tour, afer receiving an exemption... broke a bone in his right hand in October, 2006, forcing him to miss the World Amateur Team Championship... was advised not to play golf until December, 2006... named the 2006 Player of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association... always striving to get better... very passionate about the game of golf... one of the top recruits in Jerry Haas' 10 seasons as head coach.
Member of the victorious Walker Cup team that defeated Great Britain and Ireland at Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, N. Ireland . . . The U.S. won 12.5 to 11.5 . . . It marked the first U.S. victory away from home in 18 years . . . Drained a 110-foot putt during a foursomes match when he was paired with Jonathan Moore . . . Also played two rounds of singles during the Walker Cup . . . Also played in the United States Amateur at the Olympic Club in San Francisco . . . Finished 25th in stroke play with a four-over 144 . . . Lost in match play to eventual runner-up Michael Thompson of Alabama . . . Won the Southern Amateur at Pinehurst and the Dogwood Amateur in Atlanta . . . Shot back-to-back 63s in winning the Dogwood at Druid Hills . . . Received the Southern Golf Association's monthly award in July . . . Also represented the U.S. in the Copa de las Americas Championship in Canada . . . Also earned a prestigious spot on the USA roster for the Palmer Cup.
An All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection last spring . . . Became just the ninth Wake Forest golfer to earn All-ACC honors three times . . .Led the Deacons in scoring with a 71.83 average and took medalist honors at the U.S. Collegiate Championship in Alpharetta, Ga. . . . Has played in three NCAA Championships . . . Birdied the first hole in a three-team playoff with East Tennessee State and Oregon State in the West Regional that helped push the Deacons into the NCAA Championships . . . Began the season with a broken bone in his hand and ended the regular season with his first collegiate victory . . . Named North Carolina Amateur of the Year for 2006 . . . Finished second in helping the Deacons to a first place finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate on March 27th . . . Wore University of Georgia apparel as an April Fool's joke in winning the Azalea Amateur in Charleston, SC in late march . . . Posted his first collegiate win on April 11 at the U.S. Collegiate Championship . . . Posted three top 10 finishes and four top 20s . . . Led the team with eight rounds in the 60s and 11 sub-par rounds . . . Was Wake Forest's top finisher at PING/Golfweek NCAA Preview, the SunTrust Gator Invitational, the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, the U.S. Collegiate Championship and the NCAA Championship.
Played in three tournaments before breaking a bone in his hand in October... decided to skip the team's trip to Scotland for the International Collegiate because he anticipated missing class time in October at the World Team Amateur Championship... had the second-lowest stroke average (72.78) on the team... 7.75 of his nine rounds counted toward the team score... four of his nine rounds were at par or better... shot 2-over at the Carpet Capital Collegiate to finish 41st... finished 11th at the Ping/Golfweek Preview after shooting a pair of 69s in rounds 2 and 3... shot 72 and 73 at the Bank of Tennessee Collegiate, but a second-round 81 dropped him to 41st place.
Won the Sunnehanna Amateur Golf Tournament in Johnstown, Pa. in June... shot a 67 in the final round, including a key birdie on the final hole, to win the 53rd annual event... qualified for the North/South Amateur match play with a 69-72.
Named second team All-America (Golfweek), honorable mention All-America (Ping), All-South Region (Ping) and All-ACC... finished the year ranked 20th in the Golfweek individual rankings... produced one of the lowest stroke averages (72.26) in the ACC... had two rounds of 65, tying for the lowest on the team... had four top-10 finishes and six finishes in the top 20... saw 92.1 percent of his rounds (35-of-38) count toward the team score... eighteen of his 38 rounds were at par or better including nine rounds in the 60s... had a team-low stroke average of 72.00 in the fall season... had a stretch of six consecutive rounds at par or better... started off the season with a bang, shooting 7-under 209 and finishing fourth at the PING Preview in Oregon... finished at a remarkable 13-under to take second place, one stroke behind teammate Kyle Reifers, at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout... his 203 at the Mattaponi Springs Shootout tied for the sixth-best 54-hole score in Deacon history... went 1-2-1 at the U.S. Collegiate Match Play Championship with both of his losses coming in 20-hole shootouts... began the spring season with a pair of top-20 finishes at the Sun Trust Gator Invitational (16th) and the Lexus Naples Intercollegiate (13th)... took second place and led the team to a first-place finish at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate... opened that event with a 68, followed by a career-low 65... earned his second straight second-place finish and his third second-place finish of the season at the U.S. Collegiate Championship... shot a 77 after opening with a 68 and 67 to slip out of first place... finished 1-over and in 28th place at the ACC Championship... shot 5-over, finished 26th and helped lead the Deacons to first place at the NCAA East Regional in Orlando... was key in Wake's run to a third-place finish at the NCAA Championship... shot one round of par and one under-par at the Crosswater Golf Club in Oregon.
Enjoyed a very successful and busy off-season... took first place at the Southern Amateur in Myrtle Beach after firing four consecutive rounds of under par... took fourth place at the Dogwood Invitational after shooting a second-round score of 63 at Druid Hills... made it to the round of 32 in the United States Amateur in Philadelphia.
The ACC Freshman of the Year... became the third Deacon to win the award, following Justin Roof (1994) and Bill Haas (2001)... named All-ACC... named honorable mention PING All-American... saw action in 12 of 13 tournaments... led the team in stroke average (72.40)... finished in the top 10 three times... finished in the top 20 seven times... led the team in scoring in five events... led the team in rounds counted (33.17 of 35)... 42.9 percent of his rounds were at par or better including 12 under-par rounds... finished tied for third in his first college tournament -- the Bank of Tennessee Collegiate -- shooting a 5-under 211... shot a 67 in the final round of his next event, the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate, and finished 4-under for the tournament... shot a 67 in the final round of the Isleworth Invitational... turned in a 71-68-71--210 to finish second at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate... tied teammate Kyle Reifers for fourth place at the Courtyard by Marriott Collegiate after shooting 7-under in the 36-hole event... came on strong at the ACC Championship by shooting a final-round 69... shot 1-under for the tournament, helping lead Wake to the NCAA East Regional championship... shot an opening-round 68 at the NCAA Championship.
One of the nation's top prep golfers... played at Raleigh Broughton HS for coach Phil Ratliff... three-time Cap-7 Conference Player of the Year (2002, 2003, 2004)... three-time team MVP... set a new low-scoring average each year in high school ... won the state high school 4A individual championship in 2004... first team AJGA Polo American in 2001, 2002, 2003... ranked as the GolfWeek/Titleist No. 1 high school senior nationally.
Born August 8, 1985 in Raleigh... son of Sam and Debbie Simpson... full name is James Frederick Webb Simpson... post-school ambition is to play on the PGA Tour... majoring in religion... sister-in-law (Ashley Witcher Simpson) and brother-in-law (Jim Galloway) both graduated from the Wake Forest Babcock School of Business... was president of his high school freshman class... active in Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes... chose Wake Forest because of Coach Jerry Haas and the outstanding golf and academic tradition.