Jones takes second in Memphis

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Drew Jones closed out his hot summer on the links with another top-five finish Thursday.

The Decatur junior finished second, firing an even par 213 over three rounds at the AJGA Junior at Southwind, in Memphis, Tenn.

Trey Winstead of Baton Rouge, La., won the tournament by a stroke with a 1-under par 212.

“It was a good tournament,” Jones said. “There were a lot of good players there.”

It was the second event of the summer in which Jones took second. He was also the runner-up at the Texas-Oklahoma Open in Wichita Falls, and took third at the Bob Estes junior event in Abilene.

Jones came away tied for sixth at the Byron Nelson Junior and tied for 13th at the West Texas Amateur.

“It was a pretty good summer without a win,” Jones said. “I was top 15 every time out.”

With the strong summer, Jones moved into the top 100 in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings at No. 83.

In Memphis, Jones was in contention throughout the tournament. He shot a 70 in round one and followed it up with a 73 to put himself in fourth – one shot back going into the final round.

In Thursday’s round, Jones birdied holes one, three and five and made the turn at 1-under par. He birdied 10 to start the back nine. After a bogey on 12, he birdied 15 to take over the lead by himself.

“The birdie on 15 put me at 1-under for the tournament and 2-under for the day,” Jones said. “I was hoping for three more birdies.”

Instead, Jones earned pars on 16 and 17. Winstead, who was playing in the group behind Jones, tied him with a birdie on 17.

On his final hole, Jones put the ball in the fairway off the tee. He then pulled the ball left on his approach.

“I chipped it up and almost holed it and left myself a three-footer,” Jones said. “I then missed the three-footer coming back.”

He tapped in for bogey, falling a shot back. Winstead parred 18 to capture the tournament.

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