The Fort Payne golfer was randomly selected to win the prize package for players responded to The Anniston Star’s SKCC survey.
“I thought the survey was pretty neat,” said Jones, a teacher and golf coach at Fort Payne High School. “The only question I had a tough time with was the one about the favorite and least favorite holes. I've played Silver Lakes before, but not the others."
Jones will be making his first appearance in the Classic. He had tried to play before, he said, but the timing never worked out.
When the opportunity came up again, his partner,Todd Mitchem of Albertville, the son of former Alabama Sen. Hinton Mitchem, “didn’t have to try to pursuade me" this year.
Jones already had done a lot of winning before survey was drawn. His golf team won the AHSAA Class 5A boys state championship this spring, coming from two strokes down with two holes to play to win by three.
The prize package included an Anniston Star golf umbrella, a couple national championship coffee mugs, a Masters cap and commemorative pin. He'll receive his prize during the tournament week.