TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Kayla Jones, a rising senior member of the nationally ranked Florida State women’s golf team, has qualified to play in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship which will be held at the San Diego Country Club, August 7-13, 2017. She will compete for the Robert Cox Trophy in the 117th edition of the U.S. Women’s Amateur as she plays in the U.S. Amateur for the first time in her career.
Jones (Milton, Ga.) qualified to play in her first U.S. Amateur on the Settindown Creek course at the Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga. She placed third with an even par score of 72 which allowed her to finish as one of six qualifiers from the site for the U.S. Amateur. Jessica Haigwood (Roswell, Ga.) and Rinko Mitsunaga (Roswell, Ga.) finished in a tied for first place with identical scores of 69 to lead the field.
“This is my first time qualifying and I’m super-excited,” said Jones soon after her round. “I am especially excited because I had been so close in the past couple of years and I finally qualified. I can’t wait to showcase everything I’ve been working on against the best amateur players in San Diego in August.”
Jones is one of four seniors on Florida State’s roster for the 2017-18 season and is among the Seminoles’ most experienced players entering her final collegiate season with 66 rounds played in 23 tournaments. She played as a member of Florida State’s lineup at the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals and has been in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in 20 of the 23 events she has played in during the first three seasons of her career.
Jones averaged a career-low 74.91 strokes as a sophomore as she played in 12 of the Seminoles’ 13 events including the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals. She finished in a tie for first place at the fall 2014 season opening Mo Morial Invitational – her first career event as she became the first freshman in Florida State history to win her first career event.
Jones averages 74.91 strokes in 66 rounds during 23 tournaments entering her senior season.