Cooper Jones leads BYU to the Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational win
26 Mar 2024
by Golf Coaches Association of America

see also: Cooper Jones Rankings

Cooper Jones (Golf Coaches Association of America Photo)
Cooper Jones (Golf Coaches Association of America Photo)

In a final round that saw as many as four individual co-leaders, BYU’s Cooper Jones earned an exemption into a 2024 Korn Ferry Tour event by winning the inaugural Bridgestone Collegiate Invitational with a seven-under 209 on Tuesday at Silverado Resort. Jones’ Cougars, who led by 11 shots after Monday’s second round, claimed the team victory with a 12-under 852.

Jones recorded five birdies for a one-over 73 and his first collegiate victory. Nihon’s Yuma Iwai kept the pressure on Jones early by carding six birdies in his front nine, but a birdie on the par 4 No. 17 gave Jones the outright and tournament-clinching lead.

“When I started three-under through five, golf felt easy,” the freshman from Highland, Utah, said. “Because of the lead I had, I knew that I needed to stick with it. Finishing with two birdies in the last four holes felt good to sneak out the win by one shot.”

Jones is currently ranked No. 146 in the Golfweek/ U.S. Rankings.

UCONN’s Bradley Sawka, playing as an individual, and Sam Houston State’s Ting-Wei Hsieh tied for second with Iwai. BYU’s lineup of Peter Kim (T7, two-under 214), Max Brenchley (10th, one-under 215), Zac Jones (T14, two-over 218), and Keanu Akina (T17, four-over 220) all earned top-20 finishes and the Cougars’ first tournament win this season.

“It was fun to come out with the lead and see what the guys were going to do,” BYU Head Coach Bruce Brockbank said. “The freshmen played really well, and kind of carried the team this week. To be here at Silverado, where there’s so much tradition, and the PGA TOUR is a great opportunity for our kids to play such a championship course.”

Todd Miller, BYU’s Director of Golf, is the son of a two-time major champion, World Golf Hall of Famer, and Silverado Resort re-designer Johnny Miller.

“For me, growing up here, It was really special to be back,” Todd Miller said. “I played this course almost every day from the time I was eight years old to 18, so to see the guys play it and be able to coach them was a lot of fun.”

The 2024 Korn Ferry Tour event exemption for Jones will be announced at a later date. Sam Houston State, Nihon, Michigan State, and North Alabama also recorded top-five team finishes.

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