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Ryan Jones Playing At World Junior Golf Championship at Doral

Updated: Jul 17, 2019

BY DAVE SHEA

Seven hundred of the top young golfers worldwide are competing in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at the Trump Doral International at Miami Fla. this week. There are four courses at Doral with one known affectionately and respectfully as the "Blue Monster" by PGA golfers.

Canton's Ryan Jones, who earned All-Northern Conference honors and competed at the New York State High School Championships this spring as a seventh grader at Canton Central School, will be competing in the Boys 12-13 Division. He played a lead role in Canton posting an undefeated NAC Division II season and a Section 10 Division II title.

Jones qualified for the prestigious tournament by placing first with a round 81 at a qualifying event at the Sunset Hill course in the Syracuse area.

Jones, the son of Aaron and Paula Jones, will be playing New York State Golf Association State Championship next week. Last year he won the 12 Under state title.

He has also followed up an outstanding high school rookie season by winning five straight tournaments this summer on the Central New York Junior Golf Tour. Jones won the tour-opening CNY PGA Junior Open with rounds an 82-85-167 and followed with

an 82 at Beaver Meadows, a 74 at Crestwood, a 78 at Soaring Eagles and a 76 at the Skenadoa Club.

"I have played really well so far this summer and I am excited about the tournament. I just hope I can make some good friends down there," said Ryan Jones who arrived n Florida today with his dad. After two practice rounds the Optimist Tournament will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and an Adult-Junior competition will be held on Saturday.

"This is just a great opportunity for Ryan and we are looking forward to playing together on Sunday. The day we get back we will head to Colgate University for a practice round on Monday and then Ryan will start play in the state amateur on Tuesday," said Aaron Jones.

"Ryan also won the Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Lake Placid and will advance to the second round at Turning Stone. He will be playing a lot of golf but he loves it."

The PGA Drive, Pitch and Putt competition is a national event and culminates with the championship at the home of the Masters at Augusta, G.

The Optimist prides itself as an international event, with players presenting 43 states, six Canadian provinces and 28 total nations. Former champions and top finishers include OGA Tour members Jonathan Byrd, Jason Day, Bill Haas and Jeff Overton in addition to LPGA members Stacy Lewis, Brooke Pancake, Brittany Linicome and Lexi Thompson. A number of other well known professionals also participated in the Optimistic International-sponsored championship including Ernie Eels, Nancy Loprz, Davis Love III, Michelle McGann, Phil Michelson and Tiger Woods.

Optimist International is one of the world's largest service club organizations with more than 2,900 Optimist Clubs around the world dedicated to "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Optimist conducts positive service projects which reach six million young people each year. The Junior Golf is one of the organization's most prominent programs.

Canton's Ryan Jones, shown here in action for the Canton Central School is in Miami, Fla. this week competing in the Optimist International Junior World Golf Championship at the Trump International at Doral.

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