The winner of the APL event traditionally receives an invitation to play in the following year's Masters at Augusta National. Marek and Jones were scheduled to tee of at 8 a.m. Friday at Shaker Run Golf Club in Lebanon, Ohio. The winner of that match would face the winner of the Clay Ogden/Michelle Wie match at 12:45 p.m.
Thursday, Jones, a native of Rewey, Wis., topped Jamie Miller (Silver Creek, N.Y.) 1 up, then defeated 40-year-old Royden Heirakuji (Makawao, Hawaii) 3 and 2.
Marek (Arlington Heights, Ill.) prevailed against Duke Butler (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) 4 and 3, then outlasted Nick Becker (Boise, Idaho) 3 and 1. In the previous round, Becker beat Marek's former Indiana teammate, Jeff Overton, 3 and 1.
If Jones wins two matches again Friday, he will play in Saturday's 36-hole championship match, beginning at 7:30 a.m.