SEA ISLAND, Ga. — As conditions continued to pester the 84-player field at Ocean Forest Golf Club, Baylor University senior Kyle Jones shot one-over 73 to maintain a three-stroke advantage heading into the final round of the Jones Cup Invitational.
Jones, of Snowflake, Ariz., which is roughly three hours northeast of Phoenix, carded a 68 on day one and led Austin Connelly by three and Hank Lebioda by four. Lebioda, a Florida State junior, shot 72 again on Saturday and is in solo second place, two ahead of Adrian Meronk and Matt NeSmith in third.
ROUND ONE RECAP: Kyle Jones leads with opening-round 68
Connelly, a dual citizen of Canada and the United States, shot 77 in the second round and fell into a tie for ninth.
Jones was one of 16 players invited to participate in a Walker Cup practice session a month ago on the Georgia Coast in St. Simons Island, and with one round to go, Jones is close to surely securing his spot. 2014 highlights for Jones included a win at the Southwestern Amateur and a round-of-16 appearance at the U.S. Amateur.
The defending champion Corey Conners already has a win to his name in 2015, capturing Australia's Lake Macquarie Amateur two weeks ago. The Canada native shot 76 on Saturday after a 73 Friday and is eight shots back in a tie for 14th.
Just two players broke par on Saturday, bringing the total to four for the first two rounds. Carson Jacobs of Vanderbilt followed up a 79 with a 71 while University of South Carolina freshman Keenan Huskey shot 14 shots lower on Saturday with a two-under 70.
Saturday's average score of 77.1 is just a touch higher than the opening round average of 76.7.
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