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Golf: Jones joins Longhorns – Decatur golfer inks with Texas

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, November 14, 2015
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Hooking a Spot

HOOKING A SPOT – Decatur’s senior Drew Jones signed his letter of intent with the University of Texas in Austin to play golf Wednesday. He was joined by his parents, Steve and Jana, Decatur Athletic Director Mike Fuller, private coach Teddy Ashcraft and Decatur golf coach Fernando Escobar. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

After committing to the University of Texas in Austin as a sophomore, Drew Jones waited for the day he could officially become a Longhorn.

Wednesday that day finally arrived, with the Decatur senior signing a letter of intent to play golf for Texas.

“I felt lucky committing that early,” Jones said. “I felt like this was the best place for me to continue my career. I’m proud to be a Longhorn.”

Jones will join one of the nation’s top programs that has produced several golf major winners, including Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Justin Leonard and current top player Jordan Spieth.

Texas has won three NCAA titles – 1971-72 and most recently with Spieth in 2012.

“I hope this opens up opportunities for me and hopefully win a few national titles,” Jones said.

He will join some of the top amateurs in the world on the current squad, including Beau Hossler and Scottie Scheffler. Texas is ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA.

“I’m honored for those coaches to put me in that category with the best in the country,” Jones said. “It’s the team that will push me. I couldn’t have gone anywhere better.

“It should be hard to qualify at first. I wanted to be around a team that’s helping me to be better.”

Over his career at Decatur, Jones has made three state tournament appearances – finishing top 10 all three years. He won the Class 4A Region I title in 2015, shooting a 10-under par.

He’s also won three district titles, including his second-round 62 at Turtle Hill to finish off the 2014 district tournament.

“He’s not scared of anything,” said Teddy Ashcraft, Jones’ private golf instructor.

Jones also won the 2013 Texas/Oklahoma Junior and posted a series of top-10 finishes at American Junior Golf Association tournaments.

He also qualified and competed in the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at the famed Olympic Club in San Francisco last May.

“I feel I’ve got better things that will happen in my career down the road,” Jones said.

Reading Carefully

READING CAREFULLY – Drew Jones and his father Steve read the letter of intent before signing Wednesday with the University of Texas in Austin. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

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