PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The 15th PGA Jones Cup will be contested Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 1-2, at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with 19 teams representing PGA Golf Management Universities nationwide. The 36-hole National Championship for PGA Golf Management Universities features 95 players (five from each school).
The Jones Cup 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 annually provides a platform for participants to display professionalism, integrity, character and camaraderie; all characteristics Dr. Jones instilled in PGA Golf Management students.
New Mexico State returns to the Tom Fazio-designed Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club after winning last year’s Jones Cup by nine shots over Campbell University.
The title was New Mexico State’s second, the Aggies also won in 2006, and they accomplished it by channeling the incredible emotions associated with the unexpected passing of 18 year-old Gage Gavin, the son of New Mexico State’s Golf Management Director, Pat Gavin.
“Last year’s win was emotional on many levels as our kids dedicated the win to Gage,” said Gavin. “In the weeks after, I received congratulatory calls from each PGA program, and they told me how focused and inspirational our kids were in Port St. Lucie. It was a proud moment for me, both personally and professionally.”
No school has hoisted the Cup in consecutive years since Coastal Carolina University turned the trick in 2004 and ’05. This is not a fact lost on Gavin.
“We talk to them about the pride and honor associated with representing New Mexico State in the Jones Cup, and in turn, our kids have been talking for months about making this team and defending last year’s title,” said Gavin. “I had the pleasure of working closely with Dr. S. Roland Jones during the early days of the PGM Program. He would be amazed at what this event has become. It’s special for all 19 programs.”
All participating universities in the PGA Jones Cup are schools accredited by the PGA of America to offer the PGA Golf Management University Program for aspiring PGA Professionals. There are currently 2,000-plus students enrolled in the program nationwide.
“The Jones Cup has always been a signature event for our top playing PGA Golf Management University students,” PGA Vice President Paul Levy said. “This is an opportune week for networking and relationship building for our future PGA Professionals, and for cultivating one’s own talent within the context of team play, school pride and the ideals of sportsmanship.”
This year’s field includes Spencer Smith from Florida State University, who is playing in his fifth consecutive Jones Cup. Additionally, Norman Blanco (University of Maryland Eastern Shore), Phil Soo Kim (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and Nathan LeBlanc (New Mexico State University) will make their fourth career appearance.
Tiana Jones from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the lone woman in the field. She is playing in her third consecutive Jones Cup.
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.
See below for a listing of Jones Cup Champions and the 2016 field, which includes the rosters for each of the 19 schools participating.
|Campbell University||Clemson University||Coastal Carolina University|
|Peter Clarke||Robbie Failes (2014-15)||John Fanning|
|Corey Layton (2013)||Eric Flood||Bryan Hunt|
|Matthew McCord||Wes Foskey||Andrew Roy (2015)|
|Luke Polland||Andrew Reeves||Zach Taylor|
|Johannes Fantes Zitzer||Chris Sells (2013-14)||Jacob Vaiknoras (2015)|
|Eastern Kentucky University||Ferris State University||Florida Gulf Coast University|
|Nathan Bratcher (2015)||James Delnick||Matthew Chen|
|Tyler Collet (2014-15)||Christian Hayden||Alex Holt|
|Madison Erskine||David Rudary||Tanner Nipper (2015)|
|Phillip Webb||Dominic Scopone (2012)||Alex Reynolds (2015)|
|Robert Wolfers (2015)||Benjamin Spector||Mei Khuan Yong|
|Florida State University||Methodist University||Mississippi State University|
|Zachary Brown||Drew Billard||Keifer Clary (2015)|
|Ross Gutlohn||AJ Clark||Bobby Flanagan (2013, 15)|
|Dan Huffingham||Kerry Connors||Hayden Hauss|
|Turner Meek||Jack Ramsett||Luke Reilly|
|Spencer Smith (2012-15)||Steven Taraska||Zach Tate|
|New Mexico State University||North Carolina State University||Penn State University|
|Redge Camacho (2013, 15)||Kevin Campbell (2015)||Brandon Beatty|
|Josh Elder||Nat Chen||Michael Esworthy (2014-15)|
|Tristin Goodwin||Ryan Miller||Gabriel Rivera (2015)|
|Nathan LeBlanc (2013-15)||Ben Justus (2014)||Christopher North|
|Cole Lorenz (2014-15)||Michael Pittelli||David Ross|
|Sam Houston State University||Univ. of Central Oklahoma||Univ. of Colorado, Colorado Springs|
|Matthew Boundy||Holden Crago (2014-15)||Jayden Bruun|
|Spencer Dillard (2015)||Austin Krewson||Patrick Gregoire|
|Shane Hall (2014-15)||Jake Loveland (2014-15)||Chris Ingram (2014)|
|Marko Lloyd||Garrett Marier||Bradley Myers|
|Dylan Rowe (2015)||Ross Smith||Matt Weiss|
|University of Idaho||Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore||University of Nebraska|
|Drew Carlson (2015)||Norman Blanco (2013-15)||Brad Bailey (2014-15)|
|Tanner Crisofulli||Justin Diggs||Jacob Fordyma|
|David Currie||Bobby Donson||Zach Gleysteen|
|Brennen Eilek||Tiana Jones (2014-15)||Aaron Hart (2015)|
|Emilio Rodriguez||Bryce Young (2015)||Kramer Samuelson|
|University of Nevada, Las Vegas||JONES CUP CHAMPIONS||TOTAL JONES CUP TITLES|
|Jake Dolby (2014-15)||2015 - New Mexico State||Campbell University (4)|
|Phil Soo Kim (2013-15)||2014 - Campbell University||Mississippi State (3)|
|Tanner Manser||2013 - Ferris State||Coastal Carolina (2)|
|Matt Rion (2015)||2012 - Campbell University||New Mexico State (2)|
|Sawyer Spackman||2011 - North Carolina State||Ferris State (1)|
|2010 - Mississippi State||Univ. of Idaho (1)|
|2009 - Campbell University||North Carolina State (1)|
|2008 - Univ. of Idaho|
|2007 - Campbell University|
|2006 - New Mexico State|
|2005 - Coastal Carolina|
|2004 - Coastal Carolina|
|2003 - Mississippi State|
|2002 - Mississippi State|
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