Bobby Walden, Joey Hester, and Chance Gwaltney were all great kickers for the Cairo Syrupmakers, but none of them owns the Georgia state record for most field goals in a career. That distinction goes to Jake Bundrick. Bundrick
Bundrick broke Chris Gardocki's record of 33 field goals during the 2001 regular season. Bundrick's consistency on kicks is what allowed him to catch Gardocki halfway though his senior season.
His accolades are outstanding. Bundrick has been named to the All Region team three times, the All Area team three times, the All Big Bend two times, and to the All Southwest Georgia Team twice. He is also a member of the Cairo High School Key Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
A two-sport star, Bundrick is also an outstanding baseball player. He represented the State of Georgia, along with Parkview's (and recent Clemson signee) Jeff Francoeur, Chattahoochee's John Ingram, Walker's Rip Warren, Lakeside Evans Parker Dye, Hart County's Friedel Pinkston, and Duluth's Brian McCann.
The team won the Sunbelt Classic Baseball Tournament thanks in part to Bundrick starting every game at second base and his .385 batting average. Team Georgia also won the national title in 2001 over Team California.
Baseball notwithstanding, it is important to understand the significance of Bundrick's kicking achievement. He was perfect on his PAT's this year 18/18 and for his career he was 72 of 77, which is a conversion rate of 93.5 percent.
What is most astounding is that Bundrick's kicking achievements place him above great Georgia high school kickers like the aforementioned Gardocki and Hester as well as Kevin Butler, Billy Bennett, and other great kickers from the State of Georgia.
Currently FSU, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, Troy and New Mexico have offered Bundrick the chance to walk on and kick, but no one has offered a scholarship yet.
Bundrick's next step is playing baseball for Cairo in the spring and possibly participating in the Georgia-Tennessee All Star Football game to be played at the University of Tennessee on June 15th. __________________________________________________
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