Grier Jones

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Grier Jones
Personal information
Born (1946-05-06) May 6, 1946 (age 71)
Wichita, Kansas
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 165 lb (75 kg; 11.8 st)
Nationality  United States
College Oklahoma State University
Turned professional 1968
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 4
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 3
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T33: 1972
U.S. Open T18: 1975
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T16: 1978

Grier Jones (born May 6, 1946) is a current college head golf coach and former PGA Tour professional golfer.

Jones was born, raised and has been a lifelong resident of Wichita, Kansas. He attended Wichita's Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School where he played both football and golf. He won the 1963 and 1964 Kansas State High School golf championships. An All-American at Oklahoma State University, Jones won the Big Eight Championship in 1967 and 1968 before taking the individual medalist honors at the 1968 NCAA Championships. He also won the 1966 Kansas State Amateur Championship held in Topeka, Kansas while a student at Oklahoma State.[1]

Jones spent 14 years on the PGA Tour, beginning in 1969, when he earned PGA Rookie of the Year honors.[1] His career year was 1972 when he won two PGA Tour events and finished fourth on the final money list.[2] He won his third and final PGA Tour event in 1977. Jones ended his career with 54 top-10 finishes in PGA Tour events. His best finish in a major championship was a T-16 at the 1978 PGA Championship.

After his full-time tour playing days ended, Jones took a club teaching job at Willowbend Golf Club in Wichita, while continuing to play part-time on the Nationwide (then called the NIKE Tour) and PGA Tours. Later he became the head pro at Terradyne Country Club in Wichita. In 1995, he was named men's head golf coach at Wichita State University, where he remains today. He was named Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2006.[1]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1966 Kansas State Amateur
  • 1967 Big Eight Championship
  • 1968 Big Eight Championship, NCAA Championship

Professional wins[edit]

PGA Tour wins[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 6, 1972 Hawaiian Open -14 (65-73-72-64=274) Playoff United States Bob Murphy
2 Sep 24, 1972 Robinson's Fall Golf Classic -11 (66-72-67-68=273) Playoff United States Dave Marad
3 Nov 6, 1977 Walt Disney World National Team Championship
with Gibby Gilbert
-35 (62-64-61-66=253) 1 stroke United States Steve Melnyk & United States Andy North

PGA Tour playoff record (2-0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1972 Hawaiian Open United States Bob Murphy Won with par on first extra hole
2 1972 Robinson's Fall Golf Classic United States Dave Marad Won with par on second extra hole

Other wins[edit]


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