Strong Stretch Run

Eagle on final hole gives Connor Jones his best finish as CSU golfer as he shares fifth at Poppy Hills

By Gary Baines – 11/10/2021

Connor Jones’ new college golf home seems to be working out just fine for him.

Jones, who transferred from the University of Denver to Colorado State University over the summer, wrapped up his first fall season as a Ram on Wednesday by tying for fifth out of a 104-man field at the Saint Mary’s Invitational in Pebble Beach, Calif.

The Westminster resident, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur this year, recorded three top-11 finishes in four college tournaments this fall. He previously was 11th at the Ram Masters Invitational and ninth at the Paintbrush Invitational. This fall marked his third and fourth top-10s as a college player overall, but his first and second in large-field events.

This week, Jones posted scores of 72-70-67 for a 4-under-par total of 209 at Poppy Hills Golf Club, which left him seven strokes behind individual winner Quim Vidal Mora of Nevada. Jones played his final nine holes in 5-under 30 following an 18th-hole eagle. 

For the week, Jones carded an eagle, 11 birdies, seven bogeys and a double bogey.

As a team, CSU placed ninth in its title defense — out of 19 teams — at Poppy Hills. The Rams ended up at 11 over par for three rounds.

For all the scores from the Saint Mary’s Invitational, CLICK HERE.