Ole Miss' Braden Thornberry catches eye of Walker Cup Captain
Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss <br>(Ole Miss Athletics Photo)
Braden Thornberry of Ole Miss
(Ole Miss Athletics Photo)

SEA ISLAND, GA (February 6, 2017) -- Jones Cup Invitational winner Braden Thornberry wasn't invited to the Walker Cup practice session last December but that doesn't mean he won't be a part of the final roster.

"Whether someone made the practice squad or not has no bearing on whether he will be on the final roster," Walker Cup Captain Spider Miller told Global Golf Post.

"Those players were chosen based on how I saw things at that point in time, and the final roster will be picked on how I see things in August. There is a lot of golf to be played between now and then."

There certainly is plenty of golf left to be played, however as of right now there may be nobody playing better than Thornberry and he has caught the eye of Miller.

“It’d be an honor to play on the (Walker Cup team) for sure,” the Ole Miss sophomore told Golfweek after his win at the Jones Cup.

Late in his freshman year Thornberry began to find his grove picking up two late victories, setting the stage for his three win fall season. Thornberry also led all of NCAA Division I players in scoring average at 68.87.

-Global Golf Post and Golfweek contributed to this story


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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