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John Augenstein in Contention at the Jones Cup

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Senior Vanderbilt Golfer contends at one of the most prestigious amateur events of the year.

U.S. Amateur Championship Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Spring Golf means Championship Season for NCAA teams, but before the official season kicks off, a handful of important individual tournaments are contended.

The Jones Cup is one of those. John Augenstein, a Senior Commodore, is in contention this Sunday, starting the day just 1-under on the tournament, five shots off the lead, not an insurmountable distance.

The first two days proved difficult but progressively better scoring. Only nine golfers scored under par in the first round, and in the second round, it was upped to 27. The first round leader, Chris Gotterup, shot 68 then came back with a 77. Yikes. Meanwhile, there were two five shot swings among the the leaders (those in within four shots of the lead going into the final round). So realistically, if Davis Thompson fell two shots while Augentein (or the seven other golfers hovering at the 1-under, 2-under range) could improve by a handful of shots, then the championship will be hotly contested.

Or even better, it will end up in a playoff. FREE GOLF!!!

The Jones Cup has been contested since 2001 at the Ocean Forest Course in Sea Island, GA. The Cup has featured a multitude of amateur golfers that have gone on to become successful TOURing pros. Additionally, multiple champions have gone on to becoming successful TOUR pros- one of which is Vanderbilt’s own, Luke List.

Augenstein is riding a very successful 2019 Spring and Summer where he contended with the Dores at the NCAA finals, was runner up at the US Am (where he lead almost 97% of the holes he played), and sank the clinching putt at the Walker Cup. He also has flowing locks unlike we have seen on the golf course. Tommy Fleetwood’s doesn’t count.

Follow Final Round Results here.