SEA ISLAND, GA (December 20, 2016) -- Garrett Barber began the day three-strokes off the pace but a final round even-par did the trick and at 4-under-par he is the 2016 Jones Junior Invitational champion. Barber finished 4-over and two-strokes in front of four others, including 36-hole leader William Moll at the Seaside Course of Sea Island Golf Club.
A fall of 2018 commit to LSU, Barber recorded two birdies and two bogeys during his final round. The birdies came on the 6th and 18th holes as they offset bogeys on Nos. 8 and 13.
In addition to Moll, the runner-up group at 6-over included Zihao Jin, Parker Coody (Texas commit) and Ryan Burnett (UNC commit). Burnett was able to jump into a share of second place with the only under-par round of the day, a 1-under 69. During the day Burnett birdied three-times and bogeyed only once. His round marked the second straight day that just one player was under-par.
Three other players --Canon Claycomb, Reid Davenport (Vanderbilt) and Ryan Grider (Baylor commit)-- tied for sixth at 7-over.
ROUND TWO RECAP
On a day where just one player broke par William Moll took over the Jones Cup Junior Invitational lead. Moll sits a 1-over through 36-holes at the Seaside Course of Sea Island Golf Club and he will carry a one-stroke lead into Tuesday's final round.
Moll was 2-under heading into the second round following a bogey-free day first round and despite his Monday struggles he was able to move into the tournaments drivers seat on Tuesday. Moll's 3-over 73 included five bogeys and two birdies, which came on the 7th and 10th holes. After the birdie on No. 10, Moll was even-par for the day before carding three bogeys the rest of the way.
David Morgan will begin the final round in second place at 2-over after consecutive 1-over 71's. Morgan parred his first 14 holes and then rolled in a birdie on the 16th only to give everything back with a closing hole double-bogey.
Kansas commit Ben Ben Sigel, Canon Claycomb and Zihao Jin are tied for third and two back at 3-over. Claycomb started his round with a triple-bogey before bouncing back with three birdies and a bogey during the reminder of the round.
First round leader Laken Hinton (Augusta State commit) fell to 7-over and a tie for 17th. The only play to post an under-par round on Monday was Daulet Tuleubayev, who fired a 1-under 69. Overall Tuleubayev is 8-over and tied for 23rd.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Augusta State commit Laken Hinton is one of three players under-par and he is pacing the field at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational. Hinton, 3-under-par, will carry a one shot lead into the second round at the Seaside Course of Sea Island Golf Club over the 2-under William Moll.
The day began with some fireworks for Hinton as he birdied the first two holes before dropping a shot on the 3rd. A bogey on the 8th brought Hinton back to even-par before he rebounded with four birdies from Nos. 9-15 to reach 4-under. A bogey on the final hole saw Hinton sign for a 67.
Moll reached 2-under with a flawless 70 that included birdies on the 8th and 13th holes.
Max Siegfried shot a 1-under 71 on Sunday to finish the round in third place. A Virginia commit, Siegfried birdied his opening hole and the 5th to vault to 2-under. From there it was 1-over golf with two bogeys and a birdie.
A trio of players --Ryan Burnett (UNC commit), Zihao Jin and Ben Sigel (Kansas commit)-- are tied for fourth at even-par. In all 19 players are 2-over or better and within five-strokes of the opening day lead.
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ABOUT THE Jones Cup Junior
The Jones Cup Junior Invitational follows in the
footsteps of the Jones Cup Invitational. The
tournament features the nation’s top male junior
golfers ages 15-18. The winner of the 54-hole stroke
play competition receives an exemption to
in the heralded Jones Cup Invitational, which
features a diverse international field. Invitations are
typically mailed in September and are based on Polo
Golf Rankings, Junior Golf Scoreboard Rankings and
the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.
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