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EKU's Jones Cup Team Finishes Seventh in National Championship

l-r: Tyler Collett, Joey Faulconer, Josh Griffin, Mikal Harpster, Chase Garris

Five PGA Golf Management students competed in the 2014 Jones Cup National Championship at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on November 4-5.

EKU's team brought home a seventh place finish competing against 90 other students from 18 universities across the nation. Eastern Kentucky's No. 7 Team Score was 318-310 — 628 with individual scores of:

  • Mikal Harpster (senior from Warrenton, MO) 78-74—152
  • Chase Garris (junior from Brandenburg, KY) 82-76—158
  • Josh Griffin (senior from Shelbyville, KY) 83-77—160
  • Tyler Collet (sophomore from Cross Lanes, WV) 79-83—162
  • Joey Faulconer (junior from Paris, KY) 79-85—164

This was the 13th annual PGA Jones Cup tournament. All participating universities in the PGA Jones Cup presented by Golf Advisor are schools accredited by the PGA of America to offer the PGA Golf Management University Program for aspiring PGA Professionals. There are currently 2,440 students enrolled in the program nationwide.

“These future PGA members represent some of the finest playing PGA Golf Management University students,” said PGA Interim President Derek Sprague. “We join our partner, Golf Advisor, in welcoming each school, as they strive for the glory of victory, while demonstrating the ideals of teamwork and sportsmanship.”

It is definitely true that these players represent the finest - the five EKU students were chosen as university representatives undergoing a rigorous process. Three of the five openings go to students who have accumulated the most points of the season; the other two openings are hand-picked by the EKU PGA/Golf Management staff.

“This is a great opportunity to compete against other PGM universities and it provides our students a chance to get off campus and network at the same time,” stated Ross Lingenfelder, the program’s Player Development and Recruiting Coordinator.

The PGA Jones Cup presented by Golf Advisor is named for the first PGA Golf Management University Program Director at Mississippi State, Dr. S. Roland Jones, who held the position from 1985 until his passing in 1997. The event provides a platform where participants can display professionalism, integrity, character and camaraderie; all characteristics Dr. Jones instilled in PGA Golf Management students. Students in the PGA Golf Management University Program study a combination of golf and business-related subjects; serve a minimum of 16 months in on-course internships within the golf industry; and are eligible for direct election to PGA membership upon graduation and eligible employment.

The 14th PGA Jones Cup tournament will also be held at Port St. Lucie in November of 2015.

Contact Information

Mr. Ross Lingenfelder

Published on November 05, 2014

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