Feb. 1, 2013
EA ISLAND, Ga. -The University of Alabama men's golf team will be well-represented at the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational being held this weekend at Ocean Forest Golf Club. Seven Crimson Tide golfers will tee it up in the 90-man, invitation only tournament spanning from Feb. 1-3.
Crimson Tide All-Americans Justin Thomas, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt will be joined by Lee Knox, Trey Mullinax, Tom Lovelady and Dru Love. The Jones Cup is a 54-hole stroke play tournament that was founded in 2001. It was played every other year from 2001-07 but became a yearly event beginning in 2009.
Thomas, a sophomore from Goshen, Ky., won the event last year with an even-par total of 216. It will be the third start in the Jones Cup Invitational for the 2012 National Collegiate Player of the Year, who is averaging 70.4 strokes per round in five events during the 2012-13 college season.
Whitsett will be each making his fifth appearance in the tournament, after competing in the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions of the event. Whitsett finished tied for 24th in 2009, tied for seventh in 2010, tied for 39th in 2011 and tied for 12th last year.
Wyatt will be each making his fourth appearance at Ocean Forest, after finishing tied for fifth in the 2010 tournament, tied for 16th in 2011 and tied for fifth again in 2012. Knox is making his third appearances in the Jones Cup Invitational. Love is making his second start in his hometown event while Lovelady and Mullinax are making their first appearances.
Additionally, former Crimson Tide golfers Michael Thompson and Gator Todd finished tied for third and tied for seventh, respectively, in the 2007 Jones Cup Invitational. Bud Cauleyfinished third in 2011, missing out on a playoff by one shot.
The Rees Jones designed Ocean Forest Golf Club, which opened in 1995 and has hosted the 1998 Georgia State Amateur Championship, the 1999 Southern Amateur Championship and the 2001 Walker Cup Matches. The Jones Cup Invitational brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for this three-day competition.
The Alabama golf team will begin the 2012 portion of its schedule on Feb. 17-19, at the Puerto Rico Classic at the Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.
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