Corey Conners wins Jones Cup
02 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of

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SEA ISLAND, Ga. (Feb. 2, 2014) -- Corey Conners beat Austin Connelly on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the 2014 Jones Cup Invitational title.

Conners, a rising Kent State senior from Ontario, fired a final-round 73 to finish atop the leaderboard with Connelly, who closed with an even-par 72 in Sunday’s finale.

Conners, who reached the semifinals at the U.S. Amateur this past summer, birdied Nos. 8, 10 and 11 to counter a pair of bogeys on each side and held on to force the playoff after starting the day tied for fourth place.

The foggy final round started with 25 players well within striking distance of the title, including overnight co-leaders Mike McCoy, Bryson Dechambeau and Gregory Eason.

McCoy, the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, shot a 76 on Sunday to finish tied for fourth place alongside Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen. Dechambeau, who plays his college golf at SMU, couldn’t replicate the magic from his second-round 2-under 70 and finished with a 79 to tie for 14th.

Eason, the recent South Beach International Amateur winner, shared the lead from the start but struggled with a final-round 81 to finish tied for 21st.

Curtis Thompson, who won the Dixie Amateur in December and was one of three co-leaders after Round 1, shot a final-round 75 and finished tied for sixth. Auburn’s Michael Johnson also held a share of the lead Friday. He finished with a 76 and tied for 10th.

For Conners, it’s undoubtedly a marquee victory. Over the last two years, he has played brilliantly but hasn’t won. In 2013, he tied for third at the Monroe Invitational and was the runner-up at the Canadian Amateur in addition to his stellar play at the U.S. Amateur. He also had Top 10s at the NCAA Championshp, Porter Cup, Canadian Amateur and Ontario Amateur in 2012.

Results: Jones Cup
1CanadaCorey ConnersCanada100072-73-73--218
2CanadaAustin ConnellyCanada70072-74-72--218
3KYHunter StewartNicholasville, KY50075-74-70--219
T4DenmarkSebastian CappelenDenmark50073-72-75--220
T4IAMike McCoyW. Des Moines, IA50073-71-76--220

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The Jones Cup is probably the biggest of the springtime amateur majors in the United States, and the reason is the venue and the strong U.S. and international field. The past champions list is littered with PGA Tour stars, including Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Luke List, Kyle Stanley, Beau Hossler and several others.

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 Georgia State Amateur Championship, the 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 a three-day competition.

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.

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