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After two seasons as its assistant coach, Courtney Jones will take the reins of Oklahoma State's women's golf team as its head coach for the 2013-14 season. A native of Lake Quivira, Kan., Jones was instrumental in the Cowgirls winning multiple times and producing several individual accolades during her stint as an assistant under current OSU men's head coach Alan Bratton.
"In order to reach one's full potential I believe it is necessary to surround oneself with a great support network and resources. Oklahoma State offers exactly that, a golf program with a rich tradition of excellence, a coaching staff with a passion for developing players, the finest facilities in college golf and a culture that breeds excellence. On top of all of that, I can't think of better people to work with and learn from than Coach Bratton and Coach Holder."
The 2012-13 season witnessed two Cowgirl victories, with OSU claiming titles at The Landfall Tradition and the SMU DAC Invitational. OSU also produced a pair of medalists with Kelsey Vines winning once and Julie Yang earning her first career victory. Both players went on to earn All-America honors with Vines collecting second-team status and Yang being an honorable mention selection. Vines was also named the Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
Jones' first campaign at OSU proved to be a successful one. The Cowgirls produced a pair of victories in their first two starts of the year, winning the Dale McNamara Invitational and the Windy City Collegiate Championship. Additionally, the Cowgirls got a pair of individual victories from Vines, who would go on to earn second-team All-America honors. She was named the Big 12 Player and Newcomer of the Year as well.
Jones came to Stillwater in 2011 after working as the senior tournament director for the American Junior Golf Association, a position she held since 2007. While working at the AJGA, she helped plan and run 39 national junior golf championships and served as tournament director for 21 of those events.
Jones also worked as a regional assistant for the AJGA since 2009. In that capacity, she was responsible for marketing and sponsor development in the South Central region, which spans nine states and includes Mexico.
A graduate of the University of Tulsa, Jones spent the 2006 fall season as a graduate assistant at her alma mater.
Jones joined the Golden Hurricane program after a successful junior career that included being named HP Scholastic All-American in 2000 and 2001, a Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention pick in 2001, Kansas Golfer of the Year and Midwest Section PGA Girl Junior Golfer of the Year.
In 2001, she was also selected as the AJGA Girl Player representative to serve on the AJGA Board of Directors.
Despite seeing her collegiate career hindered due to a back injury during her junior year, Jones was a three-year letterwinner at TU and registered three career top-20 finishes. She also earned all-WAC Academic honors twice and was named an All-American Scholar Athlete by the National Golf Coaches Association in 2003 and 2004.
Jones graduated Cum Laude from Tulsa with degrees in international business and Spanish and a minor in economics.