SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Blair Hamilton’s best efforts to become the third consecutive Amateur Squad member to win the Jones Cup came up short on Sunday, carding a final round 76 to finish runner-up at the Ocean Forest Golf Club.
The Burlington, Ont., native held a share of the lead heading into Sunday’s final but could not hold off the surging world No. 5 ranked Beau Hossler of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., who fired a 2-under 70 to leapfrog Hamilton for the victory. With the win, Hossler earned the largest margin of victory for any champion in Jones Cup history (six strokes).
Hamilton, a senior at the University of Houston, finished at 4-over par (71-73-76) to share runner-up honours with Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C.
Fellow Team Canada members Stuart Macdonald (Vancouver) and Hugo Bernard (Mont-St-Hilaire, Que.) were also in action, finishing T35 and 77th, respectively.
Former Amateur Squad member and dual citizen Austin Connelly of Irving, Tex., and Young Pro Squad member Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., were past champions in 2015 and 2014.
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