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Thompson Fires 66, Wins Jones Cup Invitational

Sea Island, Georgia (Feb 19, 2005) -- Nicholas Thompson posted the kind of final round at the difficult Ocean Forest Golf Club on Sunday that can pass a lot of players, regardless of where you stand on the leaderboard.

In Thompson's position, however, just a group in front of the leaders and trailing by 4 heading into the final round, it was much more than that. As 36-hole co-leader Roberto Castro was having problems making birdies in the final group, Thompson was only challenged by Brian Harman (the other 36-hole co-leader) who was in perfect position on the 18th fairway needing a par to force a playoff.

With the pin in a treacherous back-left location -- a place that Assistant Pro Matt Stewart called "not very accesible" Harman went right for it and short sided himself, then left his pitch shot short of the green.

“I just didn’t execute correctly,” said Harman, 18, who will be attending Georgia this fall. “I felt good over the shot. I knew I had the right club, right everything. I just went for the pin. I wasn’t playing for a playoff, I was playing to win.”

The resulting double bogey gave Thompson the title of this prestigious event, held biannually to showcase Walker Cup talent on the years that the GB&I vs. U.S. Match is played.

Thompson, who in January participated in a camp featuring golfers being considered for invitations to the U.S. Walker Cup team this summer and is currently the Golf Week #5 ranked amateur, looks solid for a spot on the U.S. Team.

This year's Walker Cup info> will be held at Chicago Golf Club on August 12-14. The Great Britain and Ireland Team currently hold the Cup.

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Final results from the Jones Cup Invitational, played at the par-72, 7140 yard Ocean Forest Golf Club:

Player Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Tot
Nicholas Thompson 77 71 66 214
Brian Harman 71 73 72 216
Jason Hodges 70 76 69 217
Rhys Davies 73 74 70 217
Matt Rosenfeld 74 72 71 217
Roberto Castro 71 73 74 218
Jeff Overton 78 72 69 219
Jack Ferguson 72 76 71 219
Richard Scott 73 75 71 219
Kevin Larsen 77 75 68 220
Richard Ramsay 73 78 70 221
Luke List 72 78 71 221
Duke Delcher 73 77 71 221
Roy Moon 71 75 75 221
Tripp Davis 76 75 71 222
Michael Green 73 76 73 222
Kyle Reifers 80 74 68 222
David Denham 75 77 71 223
Chris Kirk 81 71 71 223
Pat Tallent 76 74 73 223
Nigel Edwards 78 73 73 224
Jon McLean 74 74 76 224
Brendon Todd 76 71 77 224
Martin Ureta 75 79 71 225
George Murray 79 74 72 225
Chan Song 79 72 74 225
Todd White 79 71 75 225
Michael Barbosa 74 72 79 225
Mark Love 79 71 76 226
Jordan Dempsey 73 80 74 227
Adam Gee 81 82 74 227
Craig Smith 77 76 74 227
Stuart Wilson 80 78 69 227
Matthew Richardson 77 79 71 227
Brent Delahoussaye 71 76 80 227
Webb Simpson 74 79 75 228
Dayton Rose 74 78 76 228
Wright Waddell 75 77 76 228
Danny Green 74 75 80 229
Gareth Wright 75 81 73 229
Carlton Forrester 82 76 71 229
Jimmy Johnston 75 78 77 230
Gene Elliott 80 76 74 230
Kevin Kisner 77 77 76 230
Michael Morrison 78 76 76 230
Gordon Strother Jr. 77 77 77 231
Cian McNamara 79 73 79 231
Andrew McArthur 81 77 73 231
Trent Leon 81 76 74 231
Gary Wolstenholme 79 77 75 231
Scott Henry 81 77 74 232
Trip Kuehne 80 77 75 232
Llyod Saltman 80 77 75 232
Buddy Marucci 79 77 76 232
Dalton Melynk 83 78 72 233
David Abell 85 73 75 233
Paul Simson 82 75 76 233
Josh Dennis 82 74 77 233
Lee Corfield 80 84 70 234
Zac Gould 82 82 70 234
Jeff Knox 82 77 75 234
Tim Jackson 76 81 77 234
Nathan Smith 77 77 80 234
Jon Curran 79 80 77 236
Austin Eaton III 83 77 76 236
Michael McCoy 82 76 78 236
Steve Smyers 75 80 81 236
Brian Duncan 79 86 72 237
Todd Satterfield 77 81 79 237
David May 79 77 81 237
Rob Langley 79 77 82 238
Sean Knapp 80 82 77 239
Jonathan Moore 82 79 78 239
Roger Hoit 84 80 76 240
Thomas Jordan 85 79 77 241
Robert Gerwin 89 80 74 243
Butler Melnyk 82 77 84 243
Kelly Miller 86 76 82 244
Alan Fadel 84 83 78 245
Chip Lutz 80 85 80 245
Michael Skelton 84 79 86 249
ABOUT THE Jones Cup

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.

- courtesy JonesCupInvitational.com

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