Sea Island, Ga. – Georgia State sophomore Davin White shot a second round two-under 70 to stand tied for fourth at the Jones Cup Invitational on the Ocean Forest Course at Sea Island entering Sunday’s final round. White stands at even par, just four strokes off the lead with 18 holes to play.
White is one of two GSU golfers competing at the prestigious event along with junior Tyler Gruca.
White made five birdies in his second round after opening the event with a two-over 74 on Friday.
Following an opening round three-over 75, Gruca struggled on day two and shot 83 to stand at 14-over and tied for 75th.
“Davin is playing some very good golf right now,” commented head coach Joe Inman. “We talked about being as close to mid-season form when our season kicks off Monday and from his play this weekend, I would say that Davin is well on his way.”
The Jones Cup was born from a deep commitment to amateur golf by the A.W. Jones family, who founded the Cloister and Sea Island Golf Club in 1928. The Sea Island Golf Club has played host to seven USGA championships. The Jones Cup is yet another extension of the family's strong involvement in amateur golf.
The Jones Cup brings together many of the finest amateurs from the United States and abroad for this three-day competition. While the golf course proves to be a great venue for this unique event, the Jones Cup's success and popularity can be attributed to the strength of the players who comprise its field. Past participants range from current and future PGA Tour stars Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Jeff Overton, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Gary Woodland as well as Past Champions DJ Trahan, Gregg Jones, Nicholas Thompson, Luke List, Kyle Stanley, Patrick Reed and John Peterson.
First contested in 2001, Jones Cup began as an opportunity to celebrate not only the game of golf, but also the camaraderie and fellowship associated with it. This 54-hole individual stroke-play event is played at Ocean Forest Golf Club. The Rees Jones design opened in 1995 and has hosted the 1998 Georgia State Amateur Championship, the 1999 Southern Amateur Championship and the 2001 Walker Cup Match.
The Georgia State men’s golf team will open the spring season on Monday at the SeaBest Seafood Invitational hosted by Jacksonville University in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The 54-hole tournament will take place at the TPC at Sawgrass PLAYERS Stadium Course, the same course that hosts The PLAYERS Championship each May. Both White and Gruca are expected to be in the line-up.