Barber leads Jones Cup Invitational

SEA ISLAND, Georgia (Feb. 6, 2010) -- Weather continued to be a factor in the season's first "major" event in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Men's World Rankings at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Georgia on Saturday. But 20 mph winds are a far cry better than the two feet of snow that hit Washington, D.C. Several players even managed to break par on the 7321 yard Rees Jones seaside layout.

Auburn University Sophomore Blayne Barber shot 2-over 74 for a 36-hole total of 3-over 147. Barber holds a tenuous lead over three players, Patrick Reed of Augusta, Georgia; Hunter Hamrick of Mobile, Alabama and Victor Dubuisson of France.

Rounds of the day belonged to Dubuisson, and fiery GB&I Walker Cup player and Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World No. 16 Stiggy Hodgson of England. Hodgson, coming off a disappointing 83 in the first round, came out with guns blazing on Saturday morning with a 4-under 32 on the front nine and his 13-stroke improvement puts him in striking position of the leaders.

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.

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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