Jones Qualifies for Match Play at US Amateur


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Clemson, SC-Clemson senior Gregg Jones fired a one-under-par 69 on
the par 70 Pittsburgh Field Course and tied for sixth after the two
rounds of stroke play at the 2003 US Amateur at Oakmont Country Club
in Pennsylvania. Jones will now join 63 other players in the match
play portion of the event that will start on Wednesday morning.

A Champion will be crowned after the 36-hole final on Sunday.
Both finalists will be extended an invitation to the 2004 Masters.

Jones had a 72 in the first day at Oakmont, as he carded two
bogeys and 16 pars. He continued the consistency on Tuesday with
his one-under par 69 that included three birdies and two bogeys. He
could have finished in a tie for second, but he bogeyed his final two
holes. His two-day score of 141 tied for sixth best in the 312
player field.

The native of Florence has had a strong summer after helping
the Tigers to the 2003 NCAA Championship. Jones had three top 10
finishes at major amateur events in June, including a third place at
the Sunnehanna and a fourth place at the Northeast Amateur. He was
also ninth at the Monroe. He is a strong candidate to make the
United States Walker Cup team. Two berths remain for that team and
those spots will be announced after the US Amateur.

Matt Hendrix, another Clemson senior who has already been
named to the Walker Cup team, had rounds of 76 and 72 in the two days
at the US Amateur stroke play and did not make the cut for the
64-player match play field. He missed a playoff by one shot. He
finished in a tie for 67th at 148.

Martin Catalioto, who will be a sophomore on Clemson's team
this year, had rounds of 78-75 and finished 144th at 153. Catalioto
also qualified for the US Public Links Championship this summer and
was the only Tiger to make both national tournaments. Incoming
freshman Tanner Ervin had rounds of 74 and 83 and finished 215th at
157.

Clemson has had one player win the United States Amateur in
its history. Chris Patton won the 1989 championship at Merion
Country Club in Pennsylvania.

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