Steve Jones, Golf
- Four-Time All-Big Eight (Four Top 10 Big Eight Finishes)
- Eight-Time Winner on the PGA Tour
- 1996 U.S. Open Champion
He set numerous school records during his CU career (1977-81), in which he became the first and only player in school history to record four top 10 finishes in the conference championship meet (two thirds and two sevenths in four Big 8 title meets) ... Thus, he is the only four-time, first-team all-conference performer in golf and one of just a handful in all sports at CU ... A second-team All-American as a senior in 1980-81, when he had nine top 10 finishes and ten top 20 efforts, which are both still school bests ... Over the course of his career, he had 19 top 10 and 26 top 20 finishes, both CU records at the time (still first and second, respectively), and was the top Buffalo scorer in 23 tournaments, tied for the second most in school history ... He is the only player in Buff annals to lead the team in stroke average for four consecutive seasons, and one of just two to do it four times overall ... He was the first recruit of legendary CU coach Mark Simpson and spoke at his memorial when he died in 2005 ... Professionally, he had just under $7 million in career earnings through 2011 (he became the sports’ 99th millionaire when he topped that figure) ... He has won eight times on the PGA Tour, none bigger than his 1996 U.S. Open title ... His win in the 1997 Phoenix Open was landmark, as his 11-shot victory was accomplished by scoring the third lowest 72-hole score in PGA history at the time (a 26-under 258) ... He was the medalist in the 1986 Tour Qualifying School, finally making it to the big time in 1987 ... After a string of injuries sidelined his career in his late 40s, he’s rebounded to make a comeback on the Champions Tour in 2012..
Steve Jones display at the Colorado National Golf Club in Erie
Steve Jones, 1996 U.S. Open Champion