“I’m heading to USF next year,” Jones said Monday following the final round of the Youth Villa Classic in Bartow, where he finished second for the second straight year.
Jones, who helped Florida Southern reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships in May, was wearing a South Florida Bulls cap during the tournament Monday.
“After I won the New Year’s Invitational (in St. Petersburg), I explored my options a little bit,” Jones said. “I thought that if I want to make it to the next level and play pro, I need to be playing against the best guys every week.
“There’s nothing against Doug (Florida Southern coach Doug Gordin), nothing against the team,” he said. “I love the team. Everything was awesome in Lakeland.”
Jones, a Tampa native, made the decision based on competing full time against a Division I schedule.
“That’s what’s going to improve my game, playing against guys that are essentially better than I am,” Jones said. “I just think that’s what’s going to make my game excel.”
Jones will be eligible to play for the Bulls this coming season.
“We did not stand in his way from transferring,” Gordin said. “He’s got an opportunity at the University of South Florida. We just wish him the best.”
Gordin formally released Jones, allowing him to play this fall. Had Florida Southern not released Jones, he would have had to sit out a full year.
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