Campbell University Wins 19th PGM Jones Cup
By Chelsea Sedlar
The drought is over for Campbell University, winning the 19th Jones Cup, the first to be contested in over two years. The 36-hole event saw talent from five players from each of the 18 universities that sponsor the PGA Golf Management program.
The Camels captured their PGA Golf Management Program’s sixth Jones Cup by a commanding twenty strokes over University of Nevada Las Vegas (605). 2010 Champion Mississippi State University (608) and Methodist University (610), finished third and fourth, respectively.
Campbell held a hefty 12 stroke lead over Mississippi State after round one and they did not take their foot off the gas, finishing with a gross total of 585 (+9). Campbell’s squad is supremely talented, and no stranger to winning a Jones Cup, which allowed them to stay cool, calm and collective on their way to a wire-to-wire victory.
As much fun as the competition was, it was even better for everyone to be together again, says coach Kevin Nagy of Campbell University. “You always want to win when you show up to a Championship but the history of the Jones Cup is the most exciting part for my team. To be a part of a select group of students that get to meet future colleagues from other universities, learn about the history and future of the PGM program, and be announced on the tee by a PGA Officer, that’s what this event is all about.”\
Anthony DeFrank, of Coastal Carolina University, had a wire-to-wire victory of his own on the Arthur Hills course. After firing the low round of the event, 68 (-4), during round one. With his team sitting in third place and just thirteen strokes off the lead, he knew he needed to show out on Wednesday morning, which is exactly what he did. “I came out here this morning trying to copy and paste yesterday’s round in hopes it would be enough. Unfortunately we couldn’t get the team title but I am excited to bring medalist honors back to the [Coastal Carolina] program!” Anthony said, following round two.
The PGA 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 provides a platform where participants can display professionalism, integrity, character and camaraderie; all characteristics Dr. Jones instilled in PGA Golf Management students.
"Spending time with the future of golf is inspiring. These young, soon to be golf professionals, are all about growing the game and creating relationships. I am very excited about the future of our profession and game," says PGA Secretary Don Rea.
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 more than 2,500 students enrolled in the program nationwide.
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