Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 5:22 p.m. by John Dever, The PGA of America, PGA News
Port St. Lucie, Florida — Some say that once is a mistake, and twice could be a pattern.
For New Mexico State University’s PGA Golf Management program, which today secured its second Jones Cup in as many years on the Wanamaker Course at PGA Golf Club, back-to-back victories suggest the strong likelihood of a winning program pedigree.
With a two-day total of 594, the Aggies became the first program to win consecutive Jones Cups since Coastal Carolina in 2004 and ’05.
“We talked to our kids and reminded them that they can never take the 2015 Jones Cup away from us,” said Josh Salmon, the Aggies’ PGA Golf Management Program Specialist, who was on hand for last year’s victory, which channeled the incredible emotions associated with the unexpected passing of 18 year-old Gage Gavin, the son of New Mexico State’s Golf Management Director, Pat Gavin. “Yes, last year was special because of what Pat’s family was going through, and those events are always in our minds. That said, we also have 1,300-plus alumni, family and friends of the program that we represent and this victory is for them, too.”
Three Aggies — Redge Camacho, Nathan LeBlanc, and Cole Lorenz — returned from last year and hoisted the Jones Cup for the second time in 12 months, but it was the final-round effort of freshman Tristin Goodwin that put NMSU’s rally to repeat over the top.
“Tristin birdied the 18th today for a 73,” said Salmon. “That’s a tough hole, but his performance provided such a boost. He could have hung his head, but he dug deep and came through for his team and this program. That impressed me.”
Tyler Collet from Eastern Kentucky won medalist honors with rounds of 73 and 70. By a single stroke, he edged out Camacho (73-71) and Matthew Chen (74-70) from FGCU.
FINAL RESULTS: 15th PGA Jones Cup
Hosted by: PGA Golf Club – Wanamaker Course
1. New Mexico State University: 298-296—594
Redge Camacho 73-71–144;
Nathan LeBlanc 74-76–150;
Cole Lorenz 75-76–151;
Josh Elder 76-78–154;
Tristin Goodwin 84-73–157