2015 WGCA All-American Scholar Team
2015 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf Team
2015, 2016 and 2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll
2015 Academic Dean’s List Honors (Fall and Spring)
Q&A’s with Kayla Jones
Ranked ninth in school history with a career scoring average of 75.13 strokes in 26 career tournaments entering the final semester of her collegiate career…one of four seniors on the Seminoles’ roster who enters the final semester of her career in the spring of 2018…among the Seminoles’ most experienced players entering her final semester of her senior season with 75 rounds played in 26 tournaments during the first 3.5 seasons of her career…played as a member of Florida State’s lineup at the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals…has been in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in 23 of the 26 events she has played in during the first 3.5 seasons of her career…averaged a career-low 74.91 strokes as a sophomore…played in 12 of the Seminoles’ 13 events including the 2016 NCAA Championship Finals as a sophomore…finished in a tie for first place at the fall 2014 season opening Mo Morial Invitational – her first career event… Jones was joined by only Duke freshman Leona McGuire – who won three events – as the only newcomers in the ACC with individual wins in 2014-15…the first freshman in Florida State history to win her first career event as she finished in a tie for first place in the Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M University…in earning co-medalist honors at the 2014 Mo Morial Invitational Jones finished with her career-best score of 209 for the three round tournament…her score is the best three-round score by a freshman in school history in her first career event…set personal-best for a single round score (67) in the second round of the fall 2015 Schooner Fall Classic and in the first round of the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic…her best 36-hole score (139) came in the first two rounds of the fall 2015 Jacksonville Classic as she helped lead the Seminoles to the team championship in the event…her best tournament score (209) came at the fall 2014 Mo Morial Invitational where she won the first individual championship of her career…named to the Rolex Junior Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2013…one of 48 girls named to the Rolex All-America team which recognizes the world’s premier junior golfers…played in a qualifying round for the U.S. Women’s Open at age 14…played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in 2017…the No. 36 ranked junior golfer in the nation during her senior season of high school…named to the 2015 All-ACC Academic Women’s Golf team…named to the 2015 All-American Scholar Athlete team by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association…named to the 2015, 2016 and 2017 ACC Academic Honor Roll…earned Academic Dean’s List Honors at Florida State during the fall of 2014 and the spring of 2015…averages 75.13 strokes in 75 rounds during 26 tournaments entering the spring semester of her senior season.
Enjoyed one of the best first seasons of any true freshman in school history…the first freshman in school history to win her first career event as she finished in a tie for first place in her first career event – the Mo Morial Invitational at Texas A&M University…in earning co-medalist honors at the 2014 Mo Morial Invitational Jones finished with a career-best 209 score for the three round tournament…her score is tied for the seventh-best tournament score in school history and is the best three-round score by a freshman in school history in her first career event…in finishing in a tie for first place in the individual standings at the Mo Morial, Jones set the tournament record (along with co-medalist Carla Baena of Auburn) for the lowest 54-hole score and set the tournament record for the lowest 36-hole score (141)…tied for the team lead with two rounds in the 60’s – a 69 in her first career round in the first round of the Mo Morial and a season-best 68 in her third career round in the third round of the Mo Morial…season-best 36-hole score of 141 and best tournament score of 209 came in her first career event – the Mo Morial Invitational…a nominee for the ACC Player of the Month of September 2014…finished as Florida State’s team leader for the first time in her career as she placed in a tie for first at the season-opening Mo Morial Invitational…earned her way into the Seminoles’ starting lineup for the first three events of her career – the Mo Morial Invitational, the Lady Paladin Invitational and the Schooner Fall Classic…was a total of even par in her first two career events (seven-under par at the Mo Morial and seven-over par at the Lady Paladin)…second on the team with 33 birdies including a single-round team high of seven birdies in the first round of the Mo Morial Invitational – the first round of her career…averaged a career-low 72.78 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments.
Appeared in six of Florida State’s seven events including her first career NCAA Regional Championship and her first career ACC Championship…was in the Seminoles’ starting lineup in five of those six events including both post season tournaments…best finish of the season – tied for 28th – came at the Florida State hosted Florida State Match-Up…her score of 1-over par 73 in the second round was the best score of the event…three consecutive scores of 75 or better (75-75-73) in finishing in a tie for 35th place in the individual standings at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate…carded the first eagle of her career in the Web.com Intercollegiate in the second round at the Par 5 hole No. 6…played well in the ACC Championships and began the event with a 1-over par score of 73…was in a tie for 25th place in the individual standings after the first round of play…played well in the NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships with scores of 78-76-74 foe a three-round total of 228…showed continuous improvement throughout the event as her scores came down by two strokes in each of the second and third rounds after a first round score of 78…totaled eight birdies during the tournament as she finished as Florida State’s fourth highest placing golfer…averaged 76.18 strokes in 17 rounds during six events.
One of three Seminoles who played in all four of the Seminoles’ fall events…helped lead the Seminoles to a team championship at the Jacksonville Classic and to a pair of runner-up team finishes at the Jim West Challenge and at the Cardinal Cup…carded her career best score for a single round (67) twice – in the second round of the Schooner Fall Classic and in the first round of the Jacksonville Classic…carded her best 36-hole score of 139 (67-72) in the first two rounds of the Jacksonville Classic…finished under par for the second time in her career (-2, 214) at the Jacksonville Classic…also finished under par in her first career tournament – the Mo Morial Invitational in the fall of 2014…the second best finish of her career (tied for third) came at the Jacksonville Classic…tied for third on the team with seven rounds scored at 75 or better…tied her career low with two rounds scored in the 60’s – both career low scores of 67 in the Schooner Fall Classic and in the Jacksonville Classic…her tied for third place finish at the Jacksonville Classic was the second career top 10 finish of her career… shot 67 for the first time in her career in the second round of the rain-shortened Schooner Fall Classic…was at her best in the Jacksonville Classic as she carded scores of 67-72-75 for a three round total of 2 under par 214…tied her career best for a single round (67), tied her career best for score vs. par (-2) and finished with the second best three-round score of her career (214) at the Jacksonville Classic…her tied for third place finish ranks as the second best of her career behind only her individual championship at the Mo Morial Invitational during the fall of 2014…was in a tie for first place after carding her career best score of 67 in the first round and in fourth place at the end of the first 36 holes with her career best 36-hole total of 139…finished in a tie for third in the individual standings with a 214 total…she finished only two strokes out of first place (teammate Matilda Castren won the individual championship) and only one stroke out of second place (teammate Kim Metraux finished as the runner-up) in the individual standings…Florida State won the team championship with a 24-stroke victory over Rollins College…played well at the Jim West Challenge in helping the Seminoles to a runner-up finish in the tournament…began the event with a 71 in the first round of the event and was in a tie for seventh place after her first round score…finished the event in a tie for 28th place in the individual standings – her sixth career top 30 finish…averaged a career-low 73.91 strokes in 11 rounds during four events.
Played in eight of nine events during the spring season including her first career NCAA Championship Finals event at the Eugene Country Club…a member of the Seminoles’ lineup in each of the eight events she played in…earned two top-15 individual finishes – 12th place at the Florida State Match-Up and 14th place in the individual standings at the 3M Lady Jaguar Invitational…played well at the NCAA Championship Finals as she finished in 65th place in the individual standings…carded scores of 75-70-79-75 for a 299 total for the four round event…her score of 70 in the second round was the best single round score of the tournament for the Seminoles…moved into a tie for 33rd place in the individual standings with her second round score…improved her individual placing by 36 positions in the standings with her second round score of 70…second on the team with 12 birdies during the 72 hole event…played her best golf of the season at the 3M Lady Jaguar Invitational as she finished with a 3-over par score of 219…the 3 over vs. par total is the third best of her career while her 219 score is also the third best of her career…carded scores of 76-68-75 to earn her fourth of four career top 15 individual finishes…totaled a 68 in the second round – one stroke away from her career best score of 67 – and one stroke off of her career best second round score of 67…was in a tie for 34th place with her first round score of 76… her score of 68 in the second round included a season-high six birdies and was just one stroke off of her career best score of 67 which she carded during the Schooner Fall Classic and the Jacksonville Classic during the fall of 2015…following a bogey on her first round of the day, Jones played the final 17 holes at five under par with her six birdies and 16 holes played at par or better…was in a tie for ninth place in the individual standings after her second round score of 68…carded a 75 in the final round and finished in 14th place in the individual standings to lead the Seminoles to a sixth place finish in the team standings…finished as the Seminoles’ leader in the 3M Lady Jaguar for the second of two times in her career…earned her best finish of the season – 12th place in the individual standings – at the Florida State Match-Up…carded scores of 74-74-72 for a 4 over par total of 220 to help the Seminoles win the championship in the event for the first time in the three year history of the event…was in a tie for 15th place after a first round score of 74…moved into 11th place in the individual standings with a second round score of 74… finished in 12th place and helped the Seminoles win the team championship with an even par score of 72 in the third round…her individual score helped the Seminoles surpass South Carolina on the final day to win the championship…counted her score of 72 that helped Florida State to a 285 – eight strokes better than South Carolina – to give the Seminoles their second team victory of the year…played in her second career ACC Championship tournament…earned top 30 finishes at the Florida Challenge (tied for 24th), the Gator Women’s Invitational (tied for 28th) and the Bryan National Collegiate (tied for 30th)…averaged 75.38 strokes in 24 rounds during eight events.
Finished in a tie for 13th place at the Georgia Women’s Open with scores of 74+71=145…was tied for sixth among amateur players in the 58-player event…finished in fourth place at the 2016 Georgia Amateur Championship presented by the Georgia Women’s Golf Association…scores of 77-71-74 for a 6-over par total of 222…her score of 71 in the second round was tied for the best score of the round…finished only five stokes out of the individual lead…teamed with the overall winner – Payton Schanen to win the Doak Cup at the Georgia Amateur Championship…the Doak Cup is presented annually to the two members from the same club with the lowest combined score…both women are members of the Crooked Creek Golf Club in Alpharetta, Ga.
Played in two matches – the Florida Challenge and the Florida State Match-Up – during the spring of her junior season…was a member of the Seminoles’ starting lineup and helped Florida State to a second place finish in the Florida Challenge…earned her fifth career top-20 finish as she finished in a tie for 20th place in the individual standings at the Florida Challenge…helped the Seminoles finish in second place in the team standing in the event…played as an individual in the Seminole hosted Florida State Match-Up…totaled two scores at par or better in the first and third rounds (72-71) and finished with a 5-over par score of 221…her total of 221 is the fifth best three-round tournament score in her career…was tied as the highest finishing individual (with teammate Anna Sophia Böhmer) in the tournament with her 221 score…was one of six individuals who played in the event…averaged 74.80 strokes in five rounds during two tournaments.
Played in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the San Diego Country Club…carded scores of 78-76=154…qualified to play in her first U.S. Amateur on the Settindown Creek course at the Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga…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…won the championship of the Georgia Women’s Top 60 with scores of 75-72 (+1, 147) at the Savannah Golf Club… finished in a tie for 24th place at the 2017 FSGA Women’s Amateur Stoke Play Championship at Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota.
A member of the Seminoles’ lineup in three of their four events…earned her best finish of the season, tied for 29th, at the season-opening Ocean Course Invitational…carded two of three scores at 74 or better to help Florida State to the second place finish in the team standings…the Seminoles finished only three strokes out of the team lead in the final standings…was in a tie for 15th place in the individual standings after two rounds played on the first day with scores of 74-73 and a 36-hole total of 147…was in a tied for 20th in the individual standings with her first round 74 and moved into the top-15 of the individual standings with her second round score of 74…also a member of the Seminoles’ lineup in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and the Stanford Intercollegiate…carded a 74 in the third round of the Stanford Intercollegiate on the tough Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif…averaged 76.78 strokes in nine rounds during three tournaments.
Graduated from Milton High School in 2014… led Milton to its first state championship in women’s golf as she finished in third place in the individual standings at the state championship tournament in 2012…led her high school team to appearances in the state championship tournament in 2011 (third place team finish) and 2013 (second place team finish)…she won the individual regional championship in 2013 and led Milton to the Georgia High School Association 6A Region 5 championship in 2012…led Milton to a second place finish in the state championship and finished in second place in the individual standings (she lost the championship in a playoff) in 2013…led the Eagles to seven tournament championships in 2012…has been ranked among the top players in the state of Georgia including a No. 4 ranking in 2013…her junior golf accolades include individual championships at the Forest Hills Junior Classic in 2010, the Glen Arvin Junior Classic in 2012 and the Innisbrook Junior Classic in 2013…in nine events on the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour since 2010, she finished no lower than fifth and has earned six top three individual finishes…in AJGA events in 2013 she finished in the top three in two different events and in fourth place in another…named the overall Girls’ Grand Champion and the Player of the Year at the Druid Hills Club of Atlanta in 2013.
Born May 8, 1996…Kayla is the daughter of Jean and Michael Jones…two sisters, Kendall and Keira…Kendall is a competitive cheerleader and Keira is a golfer…named the Academic Honor for her prep career which allowed her to graduate with honors…taught herself to play the piano, guitar and ukulele…began building her golf resume at age 4…began playing in tournaments at age 11…the sport of golf has taken her to more than a dozen states including Hawaii…a leader among her peers in community service activities and helped start the Ignite Milton group that served students who were affected by personal tragedies…was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes…major is marketing.
1. Cristie Kerr is the player that made me want to continue working hard at golf so that I can play on tour one day. I have always felt connected with her when talking to her and always followed her around at LPGA tournaments.: 2. Caddyshack definitely is my favorite golf movie!: I read a book called Zen Golf when I was younger. I used to get really nervous and I still use the tips in it to help me calm down when things get tough on the course. : I love all the Pinehurst courses.: The aspect that I enjoy the most about the game of golf is that no matter how low you can get on the course, just one great shot is able to bring you back up and keep you enjoying the round.: I like to play tennis, soccer and basketball in my spare time just for fun.: Once at an LPGA tournament, Paula Creamer’s father spoke to me when I was just 10 years old. He told me that if I work hard enough, I can be better than anyone, and once I surpass them, I need to continue to improve and never look back.
|Mo Morial Invitational||69-72-68||-7||209||T1|
|Lady Paladin Invitational||73-73-77||+7||223||21|
|Schooner Fall Classic||78-75-70||+13||223||74|
|Florida State Match-Up||77-73-76||+10||226||T28|
|Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate||75-75-73||+7||223||T35|
|Bryan National Collegiate||74-80-76||+14||230||T31|
|NCAA San Antonio Regional Championships||78-76-74||+12||228||T76|
|Schooner Fall Classic||80-67||+5||147||T47|
|Jim West Challenge||71-75-76||+6||222||T28|
|Florida State Match-Up||74-74-72||+4||220||12|
|Gator Women’s Invitational||73-79-72||+14||224||T28|
|3M Lady Jaguar Invitational||76-68-75||+3||219||14|
|Briar’s Creek Invitational||75-75-77||+11||227||T61|
|Bryan National Collegiate||77-77-75||+13||229||T30|
|NCAA Championship Finals||75-70-79-75||+11||299||65|
|Florida State Match-Up||72-76-71||+5||221||T28|
|Ocean Course Invitational||74-73-81||+9||228||T29|