PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With 19 teams representing PGA Golf Management Universities nationwide, the 12th PGA Jones Cup presented by High Definition Golf will be contested Nov. 5-6, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The 36-hole National Championship for PGA Golf Management Universities will feature 95 players (five from each school), with both Defending Champion Campbell University and Mississippi State University vying for a record fourth title. The competition serves as a potential stepping stone for these future PGA members to play in PGA of America Championships, such as the PGA Professional National Championship.
Across the country, there are nearly 2,520 aspiring PGA Professionals enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University Program. At New Mexico State University, Redge Camacho, a student from Guam, will compete in his first PGA Jones Cup presented by High Definition Golf. He follows in the footsteps of fellow countryman Ryan Christensen, who competed last year for New Mexico State. Both students attended the school's Summer Experience Program and were fascinated by the opportunity to study to become PGA Professionals. Among the local golfers in the field are Florida State University's Andrew Story and Florida Gulf Coast University's Austin Davenport, both of West Palm Beach, Fla.
"These future PGA members represent some of the finest playing PGA Golf Management University students, as they compete at PGA Golf Club for the honor of becoming PGA Jones Cup Champions," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "We join our partner High Definition Golf in welcoming each school, as they strive for the glory of victory, while demonstrating the ideals of teamwork and sportsmanship."
All participating universities in the PGA Jones Cup presented by High Definition Golf are schools accredited by The PGA of America to offer the four-and-one half to five-year PGA Golf Management University Program for aspiring PGA Professionals. The college curriculum provides extensive classroom studies, internship experience and player development, and provides students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to succeed in the golf industry as a PGA Professional.
Campbell University returns to the Tom Fazio-designed Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club in pursuit of a second-consecutive title. Last year, the school featured a senior-laden team that dominated the field by 17 strokes over runner-up New Mexico State, while finishing 7-under par as a team. This year's squad features three seniors, none of whom have played previously in the PGA Jones Cup presented by High Definition Golf.
"It's just wonderful to come back and celebrate it," said Campbell University Golf Management University Director Ken Jones. "It's big for our students to brag about it and to use it in recruiting. It shows for future PGA Golf Professionals you are teaching and learning at a high level. It could be between Mississippi State and us for the first one to get to four Championships, and we're really excited about that opportunity."
The PGA Jones Cup presented by High Definition Golf is named for the first PGA Golf Management University Program Director at Mississippi State, Dr. S. Roland Jones, who held the position from 1985 until his passing in 1997. The event provides a platform where participants can display professionalism, integrity, character and camaraderie; all characteristics Dr. Jones instilled in PGA Golf Management students. Students in the PGA Golf Management University Program study a combination of golf and business-related subjects; serve a minimum of 16 months in on-course internships within the golf industry; and are eligible for direct election to PGA membership upon graduation and eligible employment.
"The PGA Jones Cup is a special event, especially with it being held in honor of our initial director, Dr. Jones," said Jeff Adkerson, director, PGA Golf Management University Program, at Mississippi State University, in Starkville. "We were the first school to win the Championship; the first to two; the first to three; and to be the first to four would be really nice. Our students have an expectation to compete and win. Once they make the team, that's not enough for them. They continue to expect to improve and work harder to compete and win the PGA Jones Cup."
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