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Jones Eliminated in Round of 16 at US Amateur

Jones Eliminated in Round of 16 at US Amateur

Aug. 21, 2003

Clemson senior Gregg Jones was eliminated in the round of 16 at the US Amateur on Thursday afternoon. Lee Williams, the number-five ranked amateur in the United States downed Jones 4 and 3 in the third round of the match play format. The event is being played at the par 70 Oakmont Country Club course in Pennsylvania.

Jones, a native of Florence and a starter on Clemson’s 2003 National Championship team, must now wait to see if he is chosen for the United States Walker Cup team. Williams was one of the players he was competing against for one of two final roster spots. Most feel the US Amateur champion will get one of those spots, leaving just one wildcard berth.

Jones started the day with a 7 and 5 victory over 16-year-old Colorado native Tom Glissmeyer. Jones dominated the high school player by winning four consecutive holes on the front nine (five, six , seven and eight). He clinched the match by winning the par three 13th hole with a par.

That win moved Jones to the Final 16, the farthest he has ever reached in the US Amateur. Williams won the first hole with a birdie, but Jones came back with a birdie three on the second hole to tie the match. But, Williams, who held the lead at the 2003 NCAA Championship heading into the final day, won the next two holes with pars. He clinched the match on the 15th hole with a par.

Gregg Jones at the 2003 US Amatuer Round of 64 defeated Brandt Snedeker 4 and 3 Round of 32 defeated Tom Glissmeyer, 7 and 5 Round of 16 lost to Lee Williams, 4 and 3