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Jones Cup underway in Georgia
Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas
The 2013 Jones Cup tees off at Ocean Forest Golf Club Friday, kicking off the year's first Major of amateurgolf.com.

The event, which is in its ninth year, features a field made of the top amateurs in the world --- including many Walker Cup hopefuls.

Defending champion Justin Thomas leads a loaded field that will also include his Alabama teammate and the top-ranked player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com World Rankings, Bobby Wyatt.

Other top amateurs and major winners from the last year will also be part of the impressive field, including Steven Fox (U.S. Amateur), Peter Williamson (Southern Amateur, North/South Amateur) and Richy Werenski (Porter Cup).

Other top players include Matthew NeSmith (No. 11 in U.S.), Chase Seiffert (Oglethorpe Invitational), Kevin Marsh (Calif. Am, Stocker Cup, Carlton Woods), Cory Whitsett (No. 22 in U.S.), Ben Geyer (NCGA Player of Year), Jim Liu (No. 2 Junior), Nathan Smith (4-time U.S. Mid-Am winner), Curtis Thompson and Daniel Berger, the last two winners of the Dixie Amateur.

Beginning in 2001, the Jones Cup Invitational annually attracts the op amateurs from the U.S. and abroad for its three-day stroke-play competition. Past winners include Kyle Stanely, John Peterson and D.J. Trahan. PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Gary Woodland and Bubba Watson have also participated in the event.

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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