Jeansonne, Jones go low on first day of Dogwood Invitational
ATLANTA, GA (June 29, 2016) -- Nathan Jeansonne and Jimmy Jones were lights out on the first day of the Dogwood Invitational as they carded 8-under 64's. Jeansonne and Jones will carry a two-stroke lead into the second round at Druid Hills Golf Club.
Jeansonne, a sophomore at LSU, carded ten birdies and two bogeys in his opening Wednesday round. One of top players in the freshman class of 2014, Jeansonne bogeyed the first hole before rattling off five birdies in the next eight holes as he opened in 4-under 32.
The backside was more of the same for Jeansonne with birdies on 12, 14, 15, 16 and 18. His only bogey over the final nine holes came on No. 13.
Col-leader Jimmy Jones, a junior at Florida Southern, got off to a torrid start on the front nine firing a 6-under 29. Following a par on the first hole Jones birdied Nos. 2 and 4. However, his most impressive work was done on holes 7-9 where he went eagle-birdie-eagle.
On the homeward nine of his bogey-free round, the 2015 All-Sunshine State Conference second teamer cooled off and tallied just one more birdie.
Jacob Joiner, a rising junior at Georgia Tech is in third place after a 6-under 66. Joiner was under the radar much of the day until he birdied five of the last six holes. Joiner won the Carpet Capital Collegiate this past season in just his sixth collegiate start.
Seven players are tied for fourth at 5-under while another nine players share 11th at 4-under.
Defending champion Dawson Armstrong (Lipscomb) is 2-under and tied for 35th.
ABOUT THE The Dogwood Invitational
The first Dogwood Invitational, held in April 1941,
validated Druid Hills Golf Club as a challenging venue
for amateur golf tournaments. The Club has hosted
eight Georgia State Amateur Championships over the
years, and the tournament continues as a staple on
the major amateur golf circuit. The Dogwood was
discontinued in 1973 and did not return until 1994
when a new tournament format was introduced. The
new format included entrance into the tournament by
invitation only and added an 18-hole qualifier for five
to eight open spots prior to the tournament start. A
Senior Division was added in 2005.Participation in The
Dogwood Invitational is by invitation from the
Dogwood Tournament Committee. The tournament is
72 holes of stroke play with a 54 hole cut to low 40
and ties for final round. Players are required to walk
during tournament play and may carry their golf bag
themselves or take a caddie. 8-spot Qualifier is held
Monday of tournament week, prior to the event.
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