JSU's Cox Qualifies for PubLinks Tournament
By Al Muskewitz
Star Sports Writer
Reprinted here in its entirety.
Ashley Cox had to get up well before dawn to make her tee time in the U.S.
Women's Public Links qualifier Monday morning, but rising early was well worth
Cox earned the last of four spots to the national championship from The Oaks
Course in Covington, Ga., when she parred the second hole of a sudden death
playoff to beat Evan Jensen of Belleair, Fla.
The four qualifiers advance to the 31st annual U.S. Women's Public Links
Championship, June 18-23 at Kearney Hills Golf Links in Lexington, Ky. Jensen is
the first alternate.
“This is pretty awesome,” Cox said, “because it was my first USGA event.
“I knew it was going to be tough, a hard challenge, but it was well worth the
Cox, an Oxford grad and freshman on the Jacksonville State women's golf team,
shot 5-over-par 75 in regulation.
Brooke Pancake of Chattanooga was the medalist with a 66.
It was already a long day by the time Cox got to the first tee. She got up at
3:30 a.m. and left the house at 4.
Despite the early start, she started well, making birdie at 3 and 4 to get to
2-under. It started getting away from her in the middle of the round, but she
parred her last four holes, getting up and down on each of the last three to
make the playoff.
“I knew I had to get up and down,” she said. “I didn't think 5-over would get
in. I had to stick it out.”
Cox lipped out birdie putts on both playoff holes. On the first, she lipped
out from 15 feet.
On the decisive second hole, she cut the corner with a driver and then hit a
sand wedge from 75 yards to 10 feet. Her victory was all but assured when Jansen
flew the green and didn't get close coming back.
n The popular Par-3 Contests that have been held at the Oxford Par-3 every
holiday during the summer is moving to the Short Course at Silver Lakes. The
Memorial Day event is scheduled for May 28.
Registration is 8 a.m., with play beginning at 9. Entry fee is $35 and the
field is limited to the first 40 players.
Event organizers hope to run the Contests on July 4 and Labor Day as
About Al Muskewitz
Al Muskewitz covers golf and Jacksonville State
University sports teams for The Star.
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