Former Clemson golfer wins SC Amateur
Clemson, S.C.—Former Clemson All-American and 2003 National Champion team starter Gregg Jones won the South Carolina Amateur at Florence Country Club on Sunday afternoon. Jones joined a select group to win the South Carolina Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Amateur.
Jones was tied for the lead entering the final round, then shot his worst round of the week (71), but came away with a two-shot victory as the golfers found the Florence Country Club course to be challenging in the final round.
Jones played the front nine at one-over-par and slipped out of the lead, but came back with couple of key birdies on the back nine to win by two shots over Ryan Marter of Columbia and R.J. Keur of Charleston.
Jones, who was playing at his home course, had rounds of 69-67-65-71 for a 272 total, eight-under-par on the par 70 course. Jones, who was an All-American in 2002 and All-ACC in 2002, 2003 and 2004, finished 35th at the 2003 NCAA Championship, helping Larry Penley’s program to its first national title.
With Jones’s victory, 17 former or current Clemson golfers have won the South Carolina Amateur dating to 1975 when Parker Moore was the champion. Carson Young, a senior on the 2017 Clemson team, won the title in 2013 and 2016.
Two current Clemson players competed in the tournament this weekend. Coleman Self finished 23rd with a 284 score after rounds of 70-74-70-70, while Josh Fickes was 52nd with a 293 total after rounds of 71-71-74-75.