SEA ISLAND, Ga. – After opening the championship with an impressive 2-under par 70 in Friday’s opening round, LSU junior Curtis Thompson followed with rounds of 4-over 76 on Saturday and 3-over 75 on Sunday to tie for sixth place at the prestigious 2014 Jones Cup Invitational held over the weekend at Ocean Forest Golf Club.
Thompson earned his first top-10 finish in three career appearances at the Jones Cup Invitational with a 54-hole score of 5-over par 221 in three rounds of competition.
Kent State senior Cory Conners defeated Austin Connelly on the first hole of their sudden-death playoff to take this year’s title after they fired matching scores of 2-over par 218 in 54 holes of the championship. LSU’s All-American finished just three shots off the pace in a four-way tie for sixth place on the final leaderboard.
It marked Thompson’s best finish in three career appearances at the Jones Cup Invitational as he tied for 21st place in his debut as a freshman in 2012 before tying for 51st place during his sophomore season a year ago.
Thompson was not the only Tiger to tee off at Ocean Forest Golf Club this past weekend as fellow junior and England international Ben Taylor tied for 26th place with his final score of 10-over par 226, including a best of 1-over par 73 in Saturday’s second round. Taylor matched Thompson with a 3-over par 75 in the final round on Sunday afternoon.
The Tigers have enjoyed tremendous success at the Jones Cup Invitational over the years as former LSU All-American and NCAA Champion John Peterson was crowned champion after taking a sudden-death playoff of his own three seasons ago in 2011. Peterson is emerging as one of the top young players on the PGA TOUR as he competes with fully-exempt status for the first time in his professional career in 2014.