Curtis Thompson leads at Jones Cup
Curtis Thompson
Curtis Thompson

SEA ISLAND, Georgia (Feb, 3, 2012) – After the opening round of the 8th playing of the Jones Cup Invitational, the leader in the clubhouse is Curtis Thompson from Coral Springs, Fla. Thompson, a 19 year old freshman who plays for LSU, shot a 2-under-par 70 and sits one ahead of Manav Shah of Bakersfield, Calif. a sophomore at the UCLA.

Thompson, last year’s Dixie Amateur champion, carded 6 birdies and three bogeys in his round at the Reese Jones designed Ocean Forest Golf Club.

Sitting alone in third is Justin Thomas of Goshen, KY at even par 72. There is a three way tie at 73 between Michael Hebert of Orlando, FL, Ben Taylor or Leatherhead, England and Cory Whitsett of Houston, TX.

Play continues tomorrow with the second round of the 54-hole championship.

Results: Jones Cup
1KYJustin ThomasGoshen, KY100072-75-69--216
2CAManav ShahBakersfield, CA70071-71-76--218
3New ZealandBen TaylorNew Zealand50073-75-71--219
4IrelandKevin PhelanIreland50074-72-74--220
T5FLMichael HebertOrlando, FL50073-73-75--221

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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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