Men's golf team lands former Freedom star Jimmy Jones
After two sparkling seasons at Division II Florida Southern, former Freedom High golf standout Jimmy Jones is transferring to USF, the Bulls announced Monday.
Jones, who won a district title at Freedom as a sophomore in 2011 and was a three-time member of the Times' All-Hillsborough County team, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
He will be the first Bulls men's player to have competed for a Tampa high school since Richard Kittelstad (Blake, Sickles) in 2011.
"It’s nice to have somebody from Tampa playing golf for the hometown school at USF," men's golf coach Steve Bradley said in a USF news release.
"More importantly, he’s turned into a pretty good player. He’s a perfect example of someone who went to another place, played for a good coach, played a lot and just got better."
The son of former LPGA Tour star Dawn Coe-Jones, Jimmy Jones posted a 72.87 average in 35 rounds as an FSC sophomore, helping the Mocs reach the NCAA Championship match play semifinals. A PING All-America honorable mention as a freshman, he was a semifinalist for the Division II Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year Award in 2016.
"Jimmy is a big, strong kid that's still learning the nuances of golf and how to manage himself, his emotions and the course," Bradley said. "He's pure, raw and athletic, and he hits the ball a long way."