EKU's Jones Cup Team Places Fourth in National Championship
Congratulations to EKU’s Professional Golf Management Program on their 4th Place finish at the Jones Cup Tournament in Port Saint Lucie, Fla., November 1-2, 2016. EKU shot a two-day team total of 603 (303-300), marking the highest finish to date for the Colonels.
The 19 accredited PGA Golf Management universities nationwide participated in this annual event. The competition is a two-day, 36 hole stroke play event at PGA Golf Club’s Wanamaker Course.
This year’s EKU PGM 2016 Jones Cup team featured Nathan Bratcher, a junior from Louisville, Ky.; Tyler Collet, a senior from Cross Lanes, W.V.; Madison Erksine, a freshman from Ronceverte, W.V.; Phillip Webb, a sophomore from Irvine, Ky.; and Robert Wolfers, a junior from Spring City, Pa.
Three of the five team members - Bratcher, Collet, and Wolfers - also played on the 2015 EKU PGM Jones Cup team. Their experience as well as dedication to beating last year’s scores is what helped to boost this year’s scores. In 2015, EKU came in 11th out of 19 teams. This year, EKU placed 4th out of 19.
Collet also won the Individual Medalist award out of 95 other students. He had the lowest two-day score of 143; 73 on the first day of the tournament, and 70 on the second. Collet explains, “The Jones Cup this year was great! This was my third straight year playing and it will be my last since I am a senior. Last year I played great but I went into this year with a goal to be under par for the two days, which I accomplished. The course was very challenging because of the wind, but I kept my nerves in control and tried to keep the ball in play and make pars.”
Teammate Wolfers agrees, “It is very exciting to be a part of a team that made history at Jones Cup this year, and we had our best finish to date. To be a part of that means a great deal, but we also have a bright future with guys ready now that will represent EKU in future Jones Cups. It's exciting to see what happens next, but I am just happy and ecstatic to be a part of the history we made last week.”
Collet continues, “It is a true honor and I feel extremely humbled and blessed.”
Mr. Ross Lingenfelder, the accompanying EKU PGM faculty on the trip, explains the hard work and dedication exhibited by the students all semester long in order to make the team. “The top three point-earners from a series of weekly fall semester tournaments are automatically drafted onto the Jones Cup team. We stop accumulating points after the seventh tournament. After that, the PGM faculty and staff put forward two nominees for the team that have shown diligence and excellent playing all semester.”
To find out more about PGA Professional Golf Management at EKU, visit www.pgm.eku.edu
Mr. Ross Lingenfelder
Published on November 14, 2016