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February 17, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.

5 Questions: Corey Conners talks Jones Cup win

Andy Zunz
Corey Conners, shown at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, recently won at the Jones Cup Invitational.
Corey Conners, shown at the 2013 U.S. Amateur, recently won at the Jones Cup Invitational.

Kent State senior Corey Conners kicked his spring slate off in what could be the best way possible: winning the Jones Cup Invitational in a playoff on Feb. 2.

The victory may be the best of Conners' career to date, but he hopes for bigger and better things as he finishes up his final year of collegiate golf at Kent State.

Conners spoke with Golfweek about the win, his plans for the season and the possibility of representing his native Canada in the Olympics:

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1. What happened on the playoff hole at the Jones Cup?

"I was obviously excited to ...

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February 13, 2014 | 3:04 p.m.

Call out for ‘Local Legends’

Golfweek Staff

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

Golfweek wants to hear about golfers with impressive amateur records on the state and local scene. Several will be highlighted in our annual Amateur Issue on May 9.

Send nominations by March 1 with brief credentials to news@golfweek.com or fax to 407-563-7077 (Attn.: Local Legends).

Please include name, address and contact information for the nominee.

Categories: Amateur, Men, Women
Brentley Romine
Austin Connelly finished runner-up at the 2014 Jones Cup.
Austin Connelly finished runner-up at the 2014 Jones Cup.

After hitting his tee shot on the first hole of his playoff against Kent State's Corey Conners at the Jones Cup, Austin Connelly picked up his tee and started to hand his driver to his caddie.

"I went to give him the club and he said, 'What are you doing? That went in the water,' " Connelly recalled. "It wasn't perfect, but I thought it was a decent drive. The ball was down the left side and kicked about 2 inches into the water."

The bad break ended up costing Connelly the victory as Conners would two-putt from 6 ...

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Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.
Ashlan Ramsey, left, and Doug Hanzel were co-winners of the 2014 Tommy Barnes Award.

Ashlan Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., and Doug Hanzel of Savannah, Ga., were recently named co-winners of the Tommy Barnes Award during a luncheon held at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta.

The award given annually by the Georgia State Golf Association, is named after Georgia’s legendary golfer, Tommy Barnes, and presented to the GSGA’s player(s) of the year.

Ramsey, who joined the Golfweek staff as a player blogger for the 2013-14 college golf season, finished the year as both the GSGA’s Women’s and Girl’s Player of the Year.

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Nick Masuda
Phil Mickelson is one of many superstar champions that won the Western Amateur at Point O'Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Phil Mickelson is one of many superstar champions that won the Western Amateur at Point O'Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich.

With the Western Amateur slated to be in the Chicago area for the next five years, the WGA has announced the 2019 event will return to Point O'Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich.

The course hosted the Western Amateur 40 times from 1963-2008.

In a statement about the return, WGA senior vice president of tournaments Vince Pellegrino said, “The Western Amateur and Point O’Woods share a history of showcasing the best players in the world of amateur golf. The club and fans there have been loyal supporters of the championship, and the course has produced some world-class champions.”

Point ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Top Stories
James Achenbach

PINEHURST, N.C. – Few things are more incompatible in tournament golf than a dumb golfer with a smartphone.

Smartphones once again are front and center in golf, thanks to an announcement Thursday by the U.S. Golf Association that distance-measuring devices will be allowed in all USGA amateur championships. These devices will remain forbidden in the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open, U.S. Senior Open and their respective qualifying events.

The provision takes effect immediately, meaning that competitors in the U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women's Amateur and all other 2014 USGA amateur championships can carry ...

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Cassie Stein

In following the R&A’s lead, the U.S. Golf Association has approved the use of distance-measuring devices for all USGA amateur championships and qualifying events beginning in 2014.

The use of distance-measuring devices has been covered by an optional local rule, and the USGA Championship Committee’s vote adopts this local rule for all amateur championships this year.

• Achenbach: USGA's decision is sign of times

The change will not apply to the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Senior Open championships or their qualifying events.

Devices may be used only to ...

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Corey Conners won the Jones Cup in a one-hole playoff with Austin Connelly on Sunday in Sea Island, Ga.
Corey Conners won the Jones Cup in a one-hole playoff with Austin Connelly on Sunday in Sea Island, Ga.

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Kent State's Corey Conners outlasted junior golf star Austin Connelly on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the prestigious Jones Cup Invitational on Sunday afternoon in Sea Island, Ga.

Conners, ranked No. 41 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, bogeyed the par-4 18th to fall into the playoff, but still managed to pick up his biggest – and first – amateur victory of his young career.

Conners had three birdies and four bogeys on the day in a 1-over 73, while Connelly was one better at an even-par 72.

Conners is a senior at ...

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Greg Eason is one of three players – Mike McCoy and Bryson Dechambeau – tied for the lead after 36 holes at the Jones Cup.
Greg Eason is one of three players – Mike McCoy and Bryson Dechambeau – tied for the lead after 36 holes at the Jones Cup.

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Bryson Dechambeau shot a 2-under 70 to storm into a three-way tie for the lead after two rounds at the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club.

Dechambeau, a sophomore at SMU, joins reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy and Central Florida's Greg Eason atop the leaderboard heading into Sunday's final round.

“It’s awesome to be near the top,” said Dechambeau, who’s playing in the event for the first time. “It’s a good start to the season.”

Eason shared the lead after Round 1 and is the only player from ...

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January 31, 2014 | 7:49 p.m.

Thompson, Eason, Johnson share Jones Cup lead

Curtis Thompson shares the 18-hole lead with Michael Johnson and Greg Eason at the 2014 Jones Cup in Sea Island, Ga.
Curtis Thompson shares the 18-hole lead with Michael Johnson and Greg Eason at the 2014 Jones Cup in Sea Island, Ga.

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The cream normally rises to the top, and that seemed to be the case at the Jones Cup on Friday in Sea Island, Ga.

College stars Greg Eason (UCF), Michael Johnson (Auburn) and Curtis Thompson (LSU) all fired 2-under 70s to take the 18-hole lead at the Ocean Forest Club.

All three have won recent amateur titles, with Eason notching a victory at the South Beach International in December, Johnson going 28 under to win the Dogwood Invitational in June and Thompson capturing the Dixie Amateur for the second time last month.

Thompson was in the ...

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Categories: Amateur, Men, Top Stories
January 31, 2014 | 10:02 a.m.

LIVE SCORES: Jones Cup

Golfweek Staff
Brad Dalke is in the elite amateur field at the Jones Cup.
Brad Dalke is in the elite amateur field at the Jones Cup.

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Categories: Men, Top Stories
Bobby Wyatt will be among those returning to the Jones Cup in a strong 2014 field at Ocean Forest in Sea Island, Ga.
Bobby Wyatt will be among those returning to the Jones Cup in a strong 2014 field at Ocean Forest in Sea Island, Ga.

SEA ISLAND, Ga. – For a tournament that originally served as a Walker Cup preview in 2001, the Jones Cup still draws a strong field to Ocean Forest GC.

“As far as rankings go,” said Kory Reitz tournament director, "this is by far our best event and best field we’ve been able to get. Walker Cup captains are usually here and this event plays into their selection process.”

Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt, who were on the winning 2013 U.S. Walker Cup squad as well as Alabama's national-championship team, will be joined by fellow Walker Cupper Michael Weaver ...

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Bill Zimmerman

Distance-measuring devices such as laser rangefinders will be permitted for use during R&A amateur events this year, the organization's Championship Committee announced Monday.

"It will not be introduced for The Open Championship or any qualifying event for The Open Championship," the R&A said in its statement, adding that the committee is not intending for the change to serve as a recommendation for other tournament organizers.

The Championship Committee is exercising the option under a local rule that has been in effect since 2006.

Naturally, players were quick to react via their Twitter accounts – even if they aren ...

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Craig Horan

Three major golf organizations continue to expand golf to all corners of the globe.

On Wednesday, the Masters, U.S. Golf Association and R&A announced the creation of the Latin America Amateur Championship. The inaugural event will be held next year in Buenos Aires – Jan. 15-18 at Pilar Golf, near Argentina’s capital. Pilar was the host course for the 2006 and ’11 Argentina Opens.

The tournament begins one year before the return of golf to the Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro.

There are some pretty cool perks for the winner – notably, a spot in the Masters. In addition ...

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Cassie Stein

The Masters Tournament, the R&A and the USGA have teamed up for an amateur championship for Latin America, according to GolfDigest.com.

Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, USGA executive director Mike Davis and R&A chief executive Peter Dawson are scheduled to hold a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan. 22, according to a press release in Spanish from an Argentine agency.

According to Golf Digest’s source, the event will start in January 2015.

This tournament should mimic the Asia-Pacific Amateur, which was introduced in 2009 by the Masters Tournament’s grow-the-game initiative.

It is not known ...

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