PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida — Campbell University came to the 13th PGA Jones Cup presented by Golf Advisor at PGA Golf Club on a mission — to become the first team to capture four titles.
The Camels led wire-to-wire in the 36-hole event, which features players from the 19 colleges and universities accredited by the PGA of America for aspiring PGA Professionals. Campbell built off of its four-stroke lead entering the final round, to win by 11 strokes over runner-up Florida State University.
Campbell and Mississippi State were both vying for a record fourth title, but Campbell prevailed, capitalizing on a game plan to play steady, controlled golf to set the mark. Campbell also won titles in 2007, 2009 and 2012.
“When you come to Campbell, we expect you to be a good player — it’s part of the Campbell pride and PGA pride,” said Ken Jones, director of Campbell’s PGA Golf Management University Program. “We came down with a team that was set up to do this. We thought it was great that we were paired together with Mississippi State and Coastal Carolina [in addition to FSU], as we had won eight PGA Jones Cups between the three of us going in. It feels really good to win.”
Campbell senior Robert Fenton enjoyed the glory of winning. “It was a special week with a great group of golfers and a great group of guys. This is my first and last PGA Jones Cup. It was really awesome.”
The other members of Campbell's team were Ian Illig, Brian Jones, Kevin Nagy and Connor Reilly.
The PGA Jones Cup presented by Golf Advisor 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.
Results of 13th PGA Jones Cup presented by Golf Advisor
PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker Course
1) Campbell 303-303–606 Ian Illig 69-77–146; Robert Fenton 75-76–151; Brian Jones 83-73–156; Kevin Nagy 80-77–157; Connor Reilly 79-83–162
2) Florida State 312-305–617 Spencer Smith 74-71–145; Andrew Story 78-77–155; Christopher Stone 79-77–156; Dan Mahoney 81-83–164; Parker Soule 85-80–165
3) Maryland Eastern Shore 313-305–618 Tiana Jones 79-74–153; Jesse Williams 75-78–153; Mike Veverka 77-78–155; Norman Blanco 86-75–161; Greg Raad 82-84–166
4) Coastal Carolina 307-313–620 Morgan Deneen 73-77–150; Ross Seaman 79-73–152; Peter Basso 80-79–159; Charles White 85-84–169; Zackary Staub 75-NC–NC
5) Mississippi State 310-311–621 Blake Hatfield 76-75–151; Ryan Oliver 78-74–152; Braxton Rainey 77-79–156; Andrew Porubiansky 79-83–162; Garrett Bernhardt 80-84–164
6) Central Oklahoma 313-309–622 Justin Watkins 78-71–149; Holden Crago 78-75–153; Katie Bensch 80-80–160; Devin Kerbaugh 79-83–162; Jake Loveland 78-86–164
7) Eastern Kentucky 318-310–628 Mikal Harpster 78-74–152; Chase Garris 82-76–158; Josh Griffin 83-77–160; Tyler Collet 79-83–162; Joey Faulconer 79-85–164
8) New Mexico State 315-317–632 Jonathan Parker 75-81–156; Nate LeBlanc 77-82–159; Cole Lorenz 81-79–160; Anthony Del Dotto 82-78–160; Arthur Doorn 88-79–167
9) Nebraska 325-308–633 Andrew Moores 77-73–150; Brad Bailey 80-75–155; Grant Davis 86-76–162; Connor Lindahl 82-85–167; Brett Klug 86-84–170
10) Florida Gulf Coast 321-314–635 Corey Weckerling 77-75–152; Turner Batdorf 79-80–159; Austin Davenport 84-78–162; Brandon Jeffries 81-81–162; Warren Chappuis 86-81–167
11) Sam Houston State 318-319–637 Matt Rinehart 74-81–155; Garrett Smith 76-81–157; Shane Hall 82-81–163; Alex Lee86-78–164; Chris Hendrickson 93-79–172
12) Clemson 322-317–639 Robbie Failes 81-74–155; Alex Goss 80-79–159; Victor Choi 80-82–162; Chris Sells 81-84–165; Alex Totusek 88-82—170
13) Ferris State 322-318–640 Timothy Pearce 80-80–160; Jordan Weinger 80-80–160; Kosta Ramirez 79-81–160; Aaron Caverley 83-79–162; Matthew Goldi 85-79–164
14) Colorado-Colorado Springs 325-320–645 Chris Ingram 78-78–156; Alex Calleja 79-80–159; Matthew Goodson 83-79–162; Ian Ott 88-83–171; Chris Boehm 85-94–179
15) Idaho 327-319–646 Taylor Riggin 84-75–159; Tyler Clavin 79-82–161; Jordan Ferguson 81-81–162; Brandon Drake 83-82–165; Eric McCabe 84-81–165
16) UNLV 324-325–649 Phil Soo Kim 76-76–152; Jake Dolby 81-81–162; Erik Matthewson 84-83–167; Austin Snow 83-85–168; Jeromy Stoks89-86–175
17) Penn State 326-327–653 Ryan Hager 79-78–157; Steve Sanderson 84-81–165; Doug Rutherford 81-85–166; Michael Esworthy 86-83–169; Jamie Hoke 82-93–175
18) North Carolina State 332-323–655 Zachary Rubenstein 86-78–164; Anthony Capra 87-78–165; Tim Palmer 79-86–165; Reed Riley 83-83–166; Ben Justus 84-84–168
19) Methodist 335-329–664 Dan Hemme 79-80–159; Dane Allen 85-79–164; Brandon Peters 83-86–169; Josh Leddy 88-85–173; James Bruns 90-85–175