Scotland's Philip McLean takes early lead at Jones Cup

SEA ISLAND, Georgia (Feb. 5, 2010) -- The Jones Cup, the season's first "major" event in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Men's World Rankings is now underway at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Georgia.

The 54-hole stroke play tournament, founded in 2001, was originally meant to be a one-time preview event held by the host club of the 2001 Walker Cup. Former USGA Senior Champion and Ocean Forest Club member Jim Stahl was one of the event's founders, and he continues to be active as the tournament has moved from a single, then biennial, and now an annual competition with some of the world's best amateurs in the field.

Philip McLean of Scotland shot 3-under on the challenging 7321 yard seaside course on Friday to take the first round lead. The Scottish Elite Team member is currently ranked No. 165 in the World Rankings.

Kennesaw State golfer Matt Nagy, who played in the US Open at Bethpage in 2009, and Romain Wattel of the French National Team are two strokes back at 1-under 71. The average score in the elite 84 player field was 78, as heavy winds and rainshowers on the Rees Jones layout gave the players all they could handle.

For complete first round results, click on the link below.

Results For Jones Cup Invitational Golf Tournament
1GAPatrick ReedAugusta, GA100072-76-74--222*
2FranceVictor DubuissonFrance70078-70-74--222
3FLBlayne BarberLake City, FL50073-74-76--223
4FLByeong-Hun AnBradenton, FL50075-78-71--224
5ALBobby WyattMobile, AL50075-76-74--225

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The Jones Cup was born from a deep commitment to amateur golf by the A.W. Jones family, who founded the Cloister and Sea Island Golf Club in 1928. The Sea Island Golf Club has played host to seven USGA championships. The Jones Cup is yet another extension of the family's strong involvement in amateur golf.

This 54-hole individual stroke-play event, inaugurated in 2001, is played at Ocean Forest Golf Club. The Rees Jones design opened in 1995 and has hosted the 1998 Georgia State Amateur Championship, the 1999 Southern Amateur Championship and the 2001 Walker Cup Match. The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for this three-day competition.

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