UMES golf management team earns 3rd in PGA tourney

  • Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Tiana Jones at 2014 Jones Cup tourneyPort St. Lucie, Fla.- (Nov. 6, 2014) - A team representing the University of Maryland Eastern Shore finished third this week in a PGA-sponsored tournament for universities that offer golf management degrees. 

    Seniors Greg Raad, Mike Veverka and Jesse Williams, junior Norman Blanco and sophomore Tiana Jones carded a combined 618, one stroke behind runner-up Florida State University in the two-day event. Campbell University of Buies Creek, N.C. won the Jones Cup with a team score of 606. 

    Campbell led wire-to-wire in the 36-hole tournament, which featured the 19 institutions accredited by the PGA of America for aspiring PGA professionals. Campbell had four-stroke lead after the first day and won by 11 strokes.

    Among universities with teams in the 13th annual event were Clemson, N.C. State and Penn State. UMES' third-place finish is the university's best performance in the collegiate tournament since launching its golf management program in 2008.

    "Our team, as a group, played exceptional golf," UMES program director Billy Dillon said. "Finishing third means a lot, not only to our five students who competed, but to everyone in our program."

    UMES senior Jesse Williams 2014Two of the 95 competitors this year were women - including Jones, who along with Williams posted UMES' best two-day score of 153. Jones, a transfer student who won the 2014 Women's Individual Invitational at the 2014 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship, paced the Hawks with a final-round, two-over par 74.

    UMES is the nation's lone university that offers a PGA-accredited bachelor's degree in golf management through its Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management.

    Bill Robinson, director, Office of Public Relations, (410) 621-2355