SEA ISLAND, GA, (Feb. 8, 2009) -- Former Walker Cupper Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor, Washington took home the 2009 Jones Cup Invitational Champion after topping Morgan Hoffman in a two-hole playoff.
Stanley, 2-time Southern Amateur Champion from Clemson University fired a final round 72 for a three round total of 1-over-par 217 while Hoffmann sputtered down the stretch.
Oklahoma State's Hoffmann was the 36-hole leader and had a five-shot lead at 3-under-par with three holes to play and stumbled down the difficult final stretch, playing them 4-over-par.
Stanley played the same stretch 1 under par to tie Hoffmann in regulation and force the playoff.
It was the fourth national amateur tournament title for Stanley since he enrolled at Clemson. He won the 2006 Sahalee Amateur in the state of Washington, and the 2006 and 2008 Southern Amateurs. His win at the Southern Amateur last summer will give him a spot in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
Stanley is the third Clemson golfer to win the Jones Cup. D.J. Trahan, now on the PGA Tour, captured the title in February of 2001, and Gregg Jones won the title in February of 2003.
Clemson teammate David May finished fifth in the strong national field.
Cody Gribble, 18 year old high school senior from Dallas Texas shot 73 in today’s final round and finished third at 2 over par 218. Jon Curran of Vanderbilt University shot a 2 under par 70 in the final round to finish 4th at 220 (+4). David May of Clemson University finished at 221 (+5) in 5th place.
Mike McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa finished 6th at 222 (+6) and was the low Mid Amateur in the field.