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Ghim Ties Tournament Record to Win 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic November 21, 2017

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EL PASO, Texas – Doug Ghim, from Arlington Heights, Ill. won the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic by tying a tournament record with an 18-under-par 195 on the par 71, 6,889-yard El Paso Country Club course.

Ghim started the final day strong by knocking in birdies on three of the first four holes. He finished the day with seven birdies, two bogeys and an eagle on No. 9. He bogeyed hole No. 13 after hitting into the water hazard but bounced back with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 to edge Hurly Long (-16) of Mannheim, Germany.

“Obviously 13 was a setback.” said Ghim, “But I stayed patient and got a good break on the next hole.”

Ghim, who finished second at the 2017 US Amateur, finished the 2016-17 campaign as Golfstat’s sixth ranked collegiate golfer.

“Playing well is fun but the camaraderie of the guys is unlike any week of the year during the college season,” said Ghim. “We get to hang out with players from other schools and having fun off the golf course is the best part.”

Long entered the day tied for first with Ghim and the two battled all day before Ghim was able to retake the lead after hitting a par shot on hole No. 16, while Long bogeyed.

“It was a great battle and Doug played amazing, so he deserved it for sure,” said Long.

Will Gordon of Davidson, N.C. and Ben Griffin of Chapel Hill, N.C. tied for third at 13-under-par 200. Griffin and Ghim matched each other for lowest round of the tournament with Griffin shooting 64 in round two and Ghim shooting 64s in both the second and third rounds.

Full Results
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1. Doug Ghim: 67-64-64—195 (-18)
2. Hurly Long: 65-66-66—197 (-16)
T3. Will Gordon: 66-66-68—200 (-13)
T3. Ben Griffin: 68-64-68—200 (-13)
5. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69-68—203 (-10)
6. Davis Shore: 67-71-66—204 (-9)
T7. Mason Overstreet: 70-69-66—205 (-8)
T7. Brad Dalke: 65-70-70—205 (-8)
T7. Grant Hirschman: 67-66-72—205 (-8)
10. John Augenstein: 72-68-67—207 (-6)
11. Shintaro Ban: 70-66-72—208 (-5)
12. Cole Miller: 70-70-69—209 (-4)
T13. Doc Redman: 70-70-70—210 (-3)
T13. Ian Holt: 70-71-69—210 (-3)
T15. Kyle Mueller: 69-70-72—211 (-2)
T15. Kristoffer Ventura: 67-76-68—211 (-2)
T17. Kristoffer Reitan: 70-74-68—212 (-1)
T17. Lee Hodges: 73-70-69—212 (-1)
T17. Fredrik Nilehn: 77-65-70—212 (-1)
T20. Kyler Tate: 71-73-69—213 (E)
T20. Dylan Wu: 72-69-72—213 (E)
T20. Blaine Hale: 71-70-72—213 (E)
T23. Chip McDaniel: 74-71-69—214 (1)
T23. Franklin Huang: 72-68-73—214 (
1)
T25. Ryan Gronlund: 72-68-75—215 (2)
T25. Chandler Blanchet: 72-71-72—215 (
2)
T25. Luis Gagne: 75-66-74—215 (2)
28. Patrick Martin: 73-73-70—216 (
3)
T29. Bryson Nimmer: 71-75-71—217 (4)
T29. Alex Smalley: 69-74-74—217 (
4)

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Long, Ghim Lead Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic after Two Rounds; Gordon and Griffin tied for Third November 20, 2017

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EL PASO, Texas – Hurly Long of Mannheim, Germany and Doug Ghim of Arlington Heights, Ill. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic. Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.

Long started hot with four birdies in his first six holes to help him to a first-place tie after round one. He finished the day with 14 birdies, most by any player on the day.

“I told myself it was important to stay patient out here because you’re going to have a lot of chances,” said Long. “I’ve been putting well so I knew if I kept giving myself looks I’d be fine and that’s kind of the way it went.”

Ghim sank five birdies in the first round and added eight more in the second round to pull even with Long.

“It definitely helps to know the course,” said Ghim, who also made the trip to the Sun City in 2015. “This tournament is so much fun, the camaraderie with the guys who aren’t on your school’s team is just a lot of fun.”

Long and Ghim are one stroke ahead of Ben Griffin, of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Will Gordon, a native of Davidson, N.C., who both shot 10-under-par. Long and Ghim are holding on to a two-stroke lead ahead of Grant Hirschman, of Collierville, Tenn., who shot 9-under for the day.

Gordon, Long and Hirschman were in the same pairing, which was by far the best pairing of the day.

“Sometimes if everybody plays well in a group, that can really help you,” said Long. “I think that was the case today.”

The final round of the Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).

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Day One Results
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T1. Doug Ghim: 67-64—131 (-11)
T1. Hurly Long: 65-66—131 (-11)
T3. Will Gordon: 66-66—132 (-10)
T3. Ben Griffin: 68-64—132 (-10)
5. Grant Hirschman: 67-66—133 (-9)
T6. Brad Dalke: 65-70—135 (-7)
T6. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69—135 (-7)
8. Shintaro Ban: 70-66—136 (-6)
9. Davis Shore: 67-71—138 (-4)
T10. Kyle Mueller: 69-70—139 (-3)
T10. Mason Overstreet: 70-69—139 (-3)
T12. Cole Miller: 70-70—140 (-2)
T12. John Augenstein: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Ryan Gronlund: 72-68—140 (-2)
T12. Doc Redman: 70-70—140 (-2)
T16. Blaine Hale: 71-70—141 (-1)
T16. Dylan Wu: 72-69—141 (-1)
T16. Ian Holt: 70-71—141 (-1)
T16. Franklin Huang: 73-68—141 (-1)
T16. Luis Gagne: 75-66—141 (-1)
21. Fredrik Nilehn: 77-65—142 (E)
T22. Alex Smalley: 69-74—143 (1)
T22. Chandler Blanchet: 72-71—143 (
1)
T22. Kristoffer Ventura: 67-76—143 (1)
T22. Lee Hodges: 73-70—143 (
1)
T26. Kyler Tate: 71-73—144 (2)
T26. Kristoffer Reitan: 70-74—144 (
2)
28. Chip McDaniel: 74-71—145 (3)
T29. Bryson Nimmer: 71-75—146 (
4)
T29. Patrick Martin: 73-73—146 (+4)

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2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic Starts with the Titleist Long Drive and PING Putting Contests; Kristoffer Ventura Sweeps the Competition November 19, 2017

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EL PASO, Texas – The 2017 Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic teed-off Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 with the annual Titleist Long Drive and PING Putting competitions at the El Paso Country Club.

Oklahoma State senior Kristoffer Ventura swept both events after finishing second at last year’s long drive contest. He won the Titleist Long Drive Contest with a 319 yard blast down the fairway on a windy day in the Borderland.

The PING Putting Contest came down to a three-way playoff between Ventura, North Carolina senior Ben Griffin, and Texas freshman Kristoffer Reitan. Ventura won the sudden death playoff after sinking the first hole of the putting course from a saddle.

“I wasn’t expecting to sweep these events,” Ventura said, “It was fun.”

This is Ventura’s second year competing in the Golf Classic. He finished in third place last year, four strokes behind champion Sam Burns of LSU.

“One of my goals after I got back from this event last year, was I wanted to play one last time here before I finish college,” Ventura said. “Last year I played pretty good so if I can improve on that I’ll be pretty happy.”

The Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic continues at the El Paso Country Club with two rounds of golf set for Monday, Nov. 20 starting at 8 a.m. (MT). The final round is set for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Some of golf’s biggest names have traveled to El Paso to participate in the tournament including Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson. Alumni of the College All-America Golf Classic have combined to win 52 golf majors and have earned over $2.02 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition, student-athletes must have been named an All-American during the previous year. The U.S. Amateur Champion or Runner Up also qualifies if they still have collegiate eligibility.

2017 Schedule
Monday (Nov. 20)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds
Tuesday (Nov. 21)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presented to the winner immediately following final round.

Titleist Long Drive Competition
1. Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 319 yds.
2. Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 317 yds.
3. Ian Holt – Kent State – 314 yds.
4. Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 309 yds.
5. Davis Shore – Alabama – 308 yds.
6. Mason Overstreet – Arkansas – 304 yds.
7. Cole Miller – Penn State – 303 yds.
8. Shintaro Ban – UNLV – 302 yds.
9. Ben Griffin – UNC – 299 yds.
10. Kyler Tate – UCF – 298 yds.
11. Kyle Mueller – Michigan – 296 yds.
12. Brad Dalke – Oklahoma – 295 yds.
13. Ryan Gronlund – Oregon – 294 yds.
T14. Alex Smalley – Duke – 293 yds.
T14. Dylan Wu – Northwestern – 293 yds.
16. John Augenstein – Vanderbilt – 289 yds.
17. Dawson Armstrong – Lipscomb – 288 yds.
18. Hurly Long – Texas Tech – 287 yds.
19. Doc Redman – Clemson – 286 yds.
20. Lee Hodges – Alabama – 285 yds.
21. Chandler Blanchet – Western Florida – 284 yds.
22. Grant Hirschman – Oklahoma – 280 yds.
23. Luis Gagne – LSU – 275 yds.
T24. Franklin Huang – Stanford – 272 yds.
T24. Chip McDaniel – Kentucky – 272 yds.
26. Doug Ghim – Texas – 271 yds.
27. Kristoffer Reitan – Texas – 269 yds.
28. Bryson Nimmer – Clemson – 268 yds.
T29. Blaine Hale – Oklahoma – no score
T29. Fredrick Nilehn – Texas Tech – no score

PING Putting Competition
1. Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 22 strokes
T2. Ben Griffin – UNC – 22 strokes
T2. Kristoffer Reitan – Texas – 22 strokes
T4. Blaine Hale – Oklahoma – 23 strokes
T4. Doug Ghim – Texas – 23 strokes
T4. Grant Hirschman – Oklahoma – 23 strokes
T7. Dylan Wu – Northwestern – 24 strokes
T7. Chip McDaniel – Kentucky – 24 strokes
T7. Cole Miller – Penn State – 24 strokes
T7. John Augenstein – Vanderbilt – 24 strokes
T7. Mason Overstreet – Arkansas – 24 strokes
T12. Doc Redman – Clemson – 25 strokes
T12. Hurly Long – Texas Tech – 25 strokes
T12. Ian Holt – Kent State – 25 strokes
T12. Lee Hodges – Alabama – 25 strokes
T12. Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 25 strokes
T12. Fredrick Nilehn – Texas Tech – 25 strokes
T18. Shintaro Ban – UNLV – 26 strokes
T18. Alex Smalley – Duke – 26 strokes
T18. Brad Dalke – Oklahoma – 26 strokes
T18. Bryson Nimmer – Clemson – 26 strokes
T18. Luis Gagne – LSU – 26 strokes
T23. Chandler Blanchet – Western Florida – 27 strokes
T23. Kyle Mueller – Michigan – 27 strokes
T23. Ryan Gronlund – Oregon – 27 strokes
T23. Davis Shore – Alabama – 27 strokes
T23. Dawson Armstrong – Lipscomb – 27 strokes
28. Franklin Huang – Stanford – 28 strokes
T29. Kyler Tate – UCF – 29 strokes
T29. Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 29 strokes

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2017 Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic Field is a Strong One; Long Drive and Putting Contests Sunday; Play Starts Monday November 15, 2017

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EL PASO, Texas – Fans don’t want to miss the opportunity to see future PGA (Pro Golf Association) players in action as the 2017 Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic is set for Nov. 19-21 at the El Paso County Club.

Current PGA players such as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have hit the links at the El Paso Country Club and this year there are 32 amateurs from around the country invading the Borderland.

“This year’s field is one the best we’ve had in years,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “The golf committee has worked tirelessly throughout the year to make this an A-ranked event.”

“Players are invited to this tournament because of their All-America status and outstanding amateur career and ranking,” said Tournament Director Bob Kimble. “I can assure the fans that future PGA players will be out on the course during this tournament.”

Sam Burns of Louisiana State won last year’s All-America Golf Classic carding rounds of 67-68-66.
The Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 major championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

The annual event starts with the Titleist Long Drive Contest and PING Putting Contest on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. (MT). The best opportunity for fans to get photos with the future PGA players and obtain autographs is on Sunday immediately following the two contests.

Round one and two are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20 with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. (MT) while the final round is set for 8 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

2017 Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic Participants

Dawson Armstrong – Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Lipscomb
• Stroke Average: 70.93
• 2015 Western Amateur Medalist
• Has claimed medalist honors in eight collegiate events
• Two-time ASUN Conference Golfer of the Year
• Owns the all-time ASUN Conference record for weekly honors by a male in any sport with 12 ASUN Men’s Golfer of the Week honors
• 2017 Golfweek and PING All-American
• 2017 U.S. Amateur Quarterfinalist
• 2017 Golfweek 2nd-Team Preseason All-American
• As an amateur his two biggest wins are the 2015 Western Amateur and the 2015 Dogwood Invitational

John Augenstein – Hometown: Owensboro, Ky. – Amateur Status: So. at Vanderbilt
• Named to the GCAA Freshman All-American team and as a GCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2017.
• Named SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman Team.
• Clinched the SEC Championship after winning the deciding matches in the semifinals against Florida and the finals against Texas A&M.
• Has six top 10 finishes in his career, with best finishing coming at the Nike Golf Collegiate in 2016, where he finished fifth.
• Career round of 63 came in second round of Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2017.

Shintaro Ban – Hometown: San Jose, Calif. – Amateur Status: Sr. at UNLV
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 71.26
• Has played in 101 rounds for UNLV with a career scoring average of 72.28 (sixth in program history)
• Has recorded 19 top-20 finishes, 12 top-10s and seven top-5s, with 50 rounds at par or better
• Earned honorable mention All-America honors in addition to PING All-West Region (second straight year)
• Had 10 top-20 finishes, seven top-10s and five top-5s during the 2016-17 season

Chandler Blanchet – Hometown: Gainesville, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at West Florida
• 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Champion, Arnold Palmer Award winner and Jack Nicklaus Award winner
• Two-time All-America, two-time PING All-South Region and two-time Gulf South Conference Player of the Year
• Has a school-record nine career victories
• The nation’s top-rated golfer in any division with a school-record 68.76 stroke avg., becoming the first Division 2 player to win the Golfstat Cup
• Won seven individual titles in 2016-17, including six of final seven tournaments with the NCAA Division II Individual title among them
• Posted a school record and career-best round 62 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in the opening round of the 2017 Southeastern Collegiate in Valdosta, Ga., which was tied for seventh-lowest round in college golf all year
• Has four career hole-in-ones, with the last coming at the 2015 Patriot Intercollegiate

Brad Dalke – Hometown: Norman, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oklahoma
• 2016-17 stroke average: 72.17
• Best Finish: 1st, 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional
Amateur Wins: 4
• Sank championship-clinching putt at the 2017 NCAA Championships
• Earned first collegiate win at the 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional
• Finished as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur
• Competed in The 2017 Masters and 2017 U.S. Open
• 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection

Luis Gagne – Hometown: Orlando, Fla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at LSU
• 2016-17 Statistics: 15 tournaments, 71.35 scoring average (career low), 2 wins, 7 Top 10s
Best Career Finish: 1st Place (3 times)
• 2016 Maui Jim Intercollegiate; Sept. 23-25, 2016; Mirabel Golf Club, Scottsdale, Arizona
• 2016 David Toms Intercollegiate (Co-Champion); Oct. 8-9, 2016; University Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• 2017 David Toms Intercollegiate (Co-Champion); Oct. 6-7, 2017; University Club, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
• 2017 PING Honorable Mention All-American
• 2017 Second-Team All-SEC
• 2016 PING & Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American
• 2016 U.S. Amateur Quarterfinalist
• Ended the 2016-17 season as the No. 25-ranked player in the college golf by Golfweek following the NCAA Championships.
• Career-low 71.35 scoring average in 2016-17 is the fourth-best by an LSU Tiger since records have been compiled dating back to 1982.

Doug Ghim – Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Texas
• 2017 Pacific Coast Amateur Champion
• 2017 U.S. Amateur runner-up
• 2017 Big 12 Player of the Year
• 2017 Golfweek All-America First Team
• 2017 PING All-Region
• 2017 All-Big 12
• 2017 Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist
• 2017 Arnold Palmer Cup selection
• 2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List
• 2016 Palmer Cup selection
• 2016 PING All-America Second Team
• 2016 Golfweek Second Team All-America
• 2016 Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist
• 2016 All-Big 12
• 2015 PING All-America Honorable Mention
• 2015 All-Freshman Team
• 2015 All-Big 12 First Team

Ben Griffin – Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at UNC
• 2016-17 average: 72.29
Best Finish: (three first place finishes)
• 2014-15 Tar Heel Intercollegiate, Chapel Hill, N.C.
• 2014-15 Bridgestone Collegiate, Greensboro, N.C.
• 2017-18 Tar Heel Intercollegiate, Chapel Hill, N.C.
Honors
• Two-time honorable mention All-America (2015, 2017)
• 2015 All-ACC
• Second-lowest stroke average in UNC history
• Won the 2013 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions

Ryan Gronlund – Hometown: Pleasanton, Calif. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oregon
• Earned honorable mention All-America recognition from PING
• Named second-team All-Pac-12
• Competed nationally including numerous AJGA, FCWT, NCGA tournaments including 2013 Junior PGA Championship, 2013 Western Junior Championship. 2011 & 2012 FCWT First Team All-American
• Member of Oregon’s 2016 NCAA Championship team

Will Gordon – Hometown: Davidson, N.C. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Vanderbilt
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 72.78
• Named Freshman All-American in 2016
• Named to the All-SEC 2nd Team and the All-Freshman Team in 2016.
• Only freshman to be named to the the U.S. Palmer Cup team in 2016
• Tied for first at the Schenkel Invitational (67-73-63) in 2016, which included a final round 63.
• Also posted a final-round 63 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in 2016.

Blaine Hale – Hometown: Dallas, Texas – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oklahoma
• 2016-17 stroke average: 72.30
• Best Finish: Tied for 4th, Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic
Amateur Wins: 4
• Earned wins in the semifinal and final to help OU secure the 2017 NCAA Championship
• Shot career-low 64 at Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 1-3)
• Two top-5 and six top-10 career finishes during his OU career
• Best finish came at the Ka’anapali Collegiate Classic, tying for fourth
• 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection

Grant Hirschman – Hometown: Collierville, Tenn. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma
• 2016-17 stroke average: 71.08
• Best Finish: First, twice
• Amateur Wins: 3
• Two career wins: (2016 Gopher Invitational and 2017 Southern Highlands Collegiate)
• 26 career top-10 finishes
• Aided OU’s comeback versus Baylor at the 2017 NCAA Championships
• Tied a school record with a career-low 63 at the 2016 Big 12 Championships
• Posted career-low 54-hole score at the 2017 Carmel Cup (206, -10).
• 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection

Lee Hodges – Hometown: Ardmore, Tenn. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Alabama
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 71.91
• Was a two-time all-conference performer at UAB, including being named the 2015 Conference USA Freshman of the Year
• Named to 2017 PING All-Region team

Ian Holt – Hometown: Stow, Ohio – Amateur Status: Sr. at Kent State
• 2016-17 stroke average: 71.33
• Best finish: Individual champion at the Gopher Invitational, 70-67-66–203 (-10).
PING All-American after junior season in 2016-17
• A Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar
• Last season’s Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year
• Began the season ranked third all-time at Kent State with a 71.54 scoring average.
• His seven eagles last season set a program record.
• His 2016 fall season included nine consecutive rounds shooting 70 or lower. The run included his first collegiate victory at the Cleveland State Invitational, where his 18-under-par 198 set a new program record for a 54-hole tournament, bettering the record set by Ben Curtis in the 1999-2000 season by two strokes.
Amateur Wins
• The 2015 Midwest Collegiate Amateur (68-70)
• Won the 2013 Hudson Junior Invitational (69-70)

Franklin Huang – Hometown: Poway, Calif. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Stanford
• 2016-17 stroke average: 71.41
• Best Finish: First at 2016 NCAA Regional Championships (May 16-18, Tucson, Ariz.)
• 2017 PING All-America honorable mention
• 2017 PING All-Region
• 2017 All-Pac-12 second team
• 2017 Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention
• First at 2016 U.S. Amateur Qualifier (67-65, 132)
• First at 2014 California Junior Amateur Championship
• First at 2014 CIF San Diego Section
• First at 2013 Southern California PGA Toyota Tour Cup Tour Championship
• First at 2012 AJGA Junior Championship

Hurly Long – Hometown: Mannheim, Germany – Amateur Status: Jr. at Texas Tech
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 73.07
• Long’s first-round 67 was his low round of the season
• Placed first 2017 Carmel Cup, Sept. 2017, Pebble Beach – He broke the course record with a second-round 61

Patrick Martin – Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Vanderbilt
• Best Finish: First at the Schenkel Invitational (Forest Heights Country Club, Statesboro, Ga., March 17-19, 2017)
• Named first-team All-American in 2017
• Led Vanderbilt with 70.34 stroke average in 2016-17, the second-lowest in program history.
• Nicklaus Award Finalist.
• Named to All-SEC First Team.
• Finished runner-up at the SEC Championship after posting a 10-under par, 200, a Vanderbilt record at the event.
• Won the Schenkel Invitational in 2017 for his first collegiate individual title

Chip McDaniel – Hometown: Manchester, Ky. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Kentucky
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 71.77
• Three total No. 1 finishes, most recent is Bearcat Invitational – Cincinnati, Ohio – Sept. 25-26, 2017
• Has started 37 events at UK and played more than 100 rounds.
• Has 23 top-20 finishes, 14 top-10 and three individual victories
• 2016 PING Third-Team All-American
• 2016 All-SEC second team member and 2015 All-SEC Freshman Team member
• Fifty-five percent of his collegiate rounds have been par-or-better
• Career low round is 65

Cole Miller – Hometown: New Tripoli, Penn. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Penn State
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 71.50
• First place finish in the Seminole Intercollegiate (March 10-12, 2017) and the NCAA Washington Regional (May 15-17, 2017).
• The lone senior on the 2017-18 edition of the Nittany Lions, Cole Miller has led by example his entire career at Penn State. With a career scoring average of 72.37, Miller would be the program’s all-time scoring average leader if his career were to end today. Miller has represented himself and the University in the Pennsylvania Amateur, The U.S. Amateur and the British Amateur in the summer of 2017, winning the PA Amateur in 2016. His fall 2017 scoring average of 71.25 was the best of his career.
• 2016 Pennsylvania Amateur Champion (Runner-up in 2017)

Kyle Mueller – Hometown: Athens, Ga. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Michigan
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 71.36
• Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) PING DI All-America honorable mention (2017)
• Golfweek All-America, honorable mention (2017)
• 3x All-Big Ten, first team (2016, ‘17), second team (2015)
• 3x PING Division I Midwest All-District Team (2015, ’16, ’17)
• All-Big Ten Tournament Team (2016)
GCAA All-America Scholar (2017)
GCAA Team Academic Honor (2015)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016, ’17)
• 3x U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Award (2015, ’16, ’17)
• 3x U-M’s Bert Katzenmeyer Award for lowest scoring average (2015, ’16, ’17)
• 4x Big Ten Golfer of the Week (Sept. 9, 2014, Oct. 14, 2015, Sept. 28, 2016, March 1, 2017)
• Started 41 straight events for career, not missing a single event in four years
• In 41 career events, has 29 top-20 finishes with 19 top-10 and 11 top-five with three wins — 2014 Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-7), 2016 Windon Memorial Classic (Sept. 25-26) and 2017 Aggie Invitational (April 1-2)
• Carries a 9-1 record in match play

Fredrik Nilehn – Hometown: Goteborg, Sweden – Amateur Status: Sr. at Texas Tech
• 2016-17 Scoring Average: 72.36
• First place finish at the 2016 Carmel Cup, Sept. 2016, Pebble Beach
• First place finish at the 2017 Amer Ari Invitational, Feb. 2017, Kona, Hawai’i
• Was named Big 12 Golfer of the Month for the month of September, 2016
• Posted five under-par rounds in the fall, including a pair of 67’s at Pebble Beach

Bryson Nimmer – Hometown: Bluffton, S.C. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Clemson
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 70.94
• Two-time first-team All-ACC selection
• Has 26 under-par rounds in 60 total rounds in his two years
• Has 14 rounds in the 60s and over 200 birdies
• Won ACC Rookie of the Year honors in 2015-16

Mason Overstreet – Hometown: Kingfisher, Okla. – Amateur Status: So. at Arkansas
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 73.0
• 2016-17 Best Finish: Runner-Up at NCAA National Championship
• Fall 2017 Stroke Average: 69.2
• 2017-18 Best Finish: 1st at Jerry Pate Intercollegiate
• Ended the fall 2017 season with the 19th best stroke average in the country at 69.2.
• Finished the fall 2017 semester with 10 of his 15 rounds under par, including a victory and runner-up finish.
• Shot a combined 5-under in three postseason events last year, finishing T-13th at the SEC Championship, sixth at NCAA Regionals and second at the NCAA National Championship.
• Earned 2017 PING All-America honorable mention honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
• Became the first freshman in program history to finish even par or better at the SEC Championship.
• Finished T-14th at the Western Amateur Championship during the summer of 2017

Doc Redman – Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. – Amateur Status: So. at Clemson
• 2017 United States Amateur Champion

• Clemson’s first Walker Cup selection since Kyle Stanley in 2007
• Had second best stroke average in Clemson history in 2016-17 with 70.77
• Defeated Doug Ghim of the University of Texas and Arlington Heights, Ill in 37 holes to become Clemson’s second US Amateur Champion (Chris Patton, 1989)
• Third team All-American as a freshman according to Golfweek
• Honorable mention All-American by Golf Coaches Association
• First-team Freshman All-American…Academic All-ACC in addition to making All-ACC on the course
• First-team Freshman All-American according to Golf Coaches Association and Golfweek

Kristoffer Reitan – Hometown: Oslo, Norway – Amateur Status: Fr. at Texas
• 2016 stroke play medalist of the Boys Amateur Championship
• 2016 European Junior Ryder Cup team
• Selected as a member of the European Jacques Leglise Trophy team in 2015 and 2016
• 2015 Junior Orange Bowl champion

Scottie Scheffler – Hometown: Dallas, Texas – Amateur Status: Sr. at Texas
• 2017 U.S. Open Low Amateur
• 2017 Golfweek All-America First Team
• 2017 PING All-Region
• 2017 All-Big 12
• 2017 Ben Hogan Award Watch List
• 2016 World Amateur Team selection
• 2016 U.S. Open qualifier
• 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
• 2015 Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year
• 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
• 2015 PING All-America Second Team
• 2015 All-Freshmen Team
• 2015 All-Big 12 First Team
SGA National Amateur of the Month (April)
• 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll

Davis Shore – Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. – Amateur Status: Fr. at Alabama
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 72.17
• Had his first career top-10 finish at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate (JPNI), shooting a 54-hole score of 207 (69-67-71), which included a season-best round of 3-under 67
• Finished tied for 9th as Alabama claimed the JPNI championship

Alex Smalley – Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Duke
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 71.54
• 2016-17 Best Finish: T-2 Grand Canyon University Invitational
• 2016-17 All-ACC Team
• 2016-17 All-ACC Academic Team
• 2016-17 Division I Ping All-Region Team (East)
• Finished 2016-17 season with best stroke average on team
• Finished 2016-17 season with lowest round of 54 on team
• Won the individual medal at the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club
• In 2017, qualified for U.S. Open after tying for first at Hawks Ridge Golf Club

Kyler Tate – Hometown: Winter Garden, Fla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Central Florida
• Scoring average was 73.2 last season
• Top finish last year was tie for fourth at FGCU Invitational
• Earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from Golf Coaches Association of America
• Ranked second on team with 13 rounds of par or better
• Led team at NCAA Championships with a 23rd-place finish
• Earned four Top 10 finishes
• Led team at The Hayt, where he finished tied for ninth
• Ranked third on team with a 73.2 scoring average
• Only Knight to play in all 13 events in 2016-17

Kristoffer Ventura – Hometown: Rygge, Norway – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma State
• Earned honorable mention All-America status from both the Golf Coaches Association of America as well as Golfweek after the 2016-17 season
• Was tabbed as a Ping All-Region pick in 2016-17
• Was named a first-team All-Big 12 selection for the 2016-17 season
• Was also named a first-team Academic All-Big 12
• Was named a third-team All-American by both Golfweek magazine and the Golf Coaches Association of America after the 2015-16 season

Dylan Wu – Hometown: Medford, Ore. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Northwestern
• 2016-17 stroke average: 70.53
• Best Finish: First place (2x), last time at Redhawk Invitational, Apr. 3-4, 2017, Chambers Bay Golf Course)
PING Second-Team All-American in 2017
• Unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection
• Team leader in scoring average (70.53), rounds of par or better (23), rounds in the 60s (12), top-five finishes (5), top-10 finishes (9), top-25 finishes (11), birdies (115), and low round (66) in 2016-17
• Scoring average was the third-lowest in program history, trailing only Luke Donald’s season-ending marks from 1998-99 and 1999-2000
• Les Bolstad Award winner for low scoring average in the Big Ten Conference, edging out Illinois’ Dylan Meyer by five-hundredths of a point
• 2017 Division I PING Midwest All-Region Team … 2017 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar

Andy Zhang – Hometown: Reunion, Fla. – Amateur Status: So. at Florida
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 72.33
• Best finish: (Trinity Forest Invitational, Sept. 24-26, 2017, Dallas, Texas)
• Named to All-SEC Freshman Team
• Recorded two top ten finishes in the Windon Memorial and SunTrust Gator Invitational
• Finished four tournaments at or below par in 2016-17
• Carded a career-low 209 54-holes at the Mason Rudolph
Amateur tournaments won:
• 2014 AJGA Thunderbird International Junior
• 2014 Florida Junior Tour at Banyan
• Won the 2013 Florida Junior Tour events at Old Corkscrew and Carrollwood
• 2012 IMG Junior Golf Tour at World Golf Village
• Won a pair of Florida Junior Tour events in 2011 at The Evergreen Club and Lake Wales

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MAKING THE CONNECTION: MANY FORMER COLLEGE ALL-AMERICA PARTICIPANTS DO WELL AT PEBBLE BEACH WITH SPIETH LEADING THE WAY February 15, 2017

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PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth, who won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, Feb. 12, was one of 23 players who previously made their way through El Paso playing at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic (SBWRCAAGC).

Spieth, who highlighted his victory with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, played in the 2011 SBWRCAAGC at the El Paso Country Club. He closed his 2017 Pebble Beach performance with a 2-under 70 for a four-shot victory over former U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft, a close friend from Dallas who couldn’t get a putt to fall that might have put a little pressure on Spieth.

During the 2011 SBWRCAAGC, Spieth, then a freshman at Texas and Golfweek’s top-ranked player, struggled a bit finishing T-15 with Arkansas’ Austin Cook at 5-over.

“I was able to get out to Pebble Beach for the tournament and it is always great to catch up with some of these guys,” said Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “Brandon Hagy, who played in El Paso when he was with California, told me that he still has the boots he got from Lucchese, plus others mentioned they still remember coming to El Paso.”

Dustin Johnson, who finished third in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, played in El Paso during the 2005 and 2006 SBWRCAAGC. He played for Coastal Carolina at the time and tied for 16th and 23th in respective years.

Brandt Snedeker, another top-five finisher at Pebble Beach this past weekend, played in the 2002 SBWRCAAGC along with J.B. Holmes and Ricky Barnes (Arizona). Snedeker was playing for Vanderbilt and finished in fifth, while Holmes (Kentucky) placed in a tie for eighth.

One name that most golf fans know is Phil Mickleson. He came to El Paso to participate in the SBWRCAAGC in 1989, but withdrew from the tournament during the early rounds of play.

Below is a list of players who have played in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers.

Place at Pebble Beach – Player – School – Year played in SBWRCAAGC
1st – Jordan Spieth – Texas-2011
3rd – Dustin Johnson –Coastal Carolina- 2005, 2006
4th – Brandt Snedeker- Vanderbilt- 2002
T10th – Nick Taylor-Washington-2008, 2009
T10th- Kevin Kisner- Georgia- 2004
T14th- Scott Stallings- Tennessee Tech- 2006
T14th- Nick Watney- Fresno State- 2001
T23rd – J.B. (John) Holmes- Kentucky-2002
T23rd – Derek Fathauer- Louisville-2007
T33rd – Tag Ridings-Arkansas-1996
T33rd – Brandon Hagy-Califonia-2012
T39th – Tom Hoge- TCU- 2009
T39th – Henrik Norlander- Augusta State-2008, 2010
T39th – Chris Kirk- Georgia- 2005, 2006
T48th – Zac Blair- BYU-2015
T48th – Rory Sabbatini- Arizona-1995, 1997
T48th – Ricky Barnes- Arizona-2000, 2001, 2002
T48th – Kevin Tway- Oklahoma State- 2009, 2010
T48th – Kevin Chappell- UCLA- 20071011
55th – Stewart Cink- Georgia Tech- 1993
58th – Jonas Blixt- Florida State- 2007
62nd – Scott Langley- Illinois-2009, 2010
65th – Phil Mickelson- Arizona State- 1989

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LSU's Sam Burns turns it on During the Final Round to win the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 13, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – Louisiana State University sophomore Sam Burns won the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic posting a 12-under-par, 201 (67-68-66) on the 6,889-yard, par 71 El Paso Country Club course, Sunday, Nov. 13.

Burns played well from the start of the round marking a birdie on the par 4, 420-yard hole No. 1. He finished the day carding five birdies, two bogeys and an eagle. The eagle shot came on the par 5, 547-yard hole No. 13. He started the day in second place, although his consistent play from hole 1 through hole 14 boosted him into first and helped him receive the coveted Lee Trevino Trophy.

“I’d love to come back for 20 more years to play,” Burns said. “I am really honored to play in this tournament. From the first day I got here I felt extremely welcomed.”

Burns was one of the elite players in college golf as a freshman as he finished the 2015-16 campaign ranked No. 35-nationally in Golfstat’s final individual player rankings. He was also the No. 55-ranked player in college golf in the final individual player rankings released by Golfweek following the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships.

USC sophomore Justin Suh began the day in third place but jumped into a second place finish after posting a 67 in round three. He marked six birdies and two bogeys to make a push for the title but just could not make up the ground he needed as he bogeyed hole No. 13, the hole Burns fired an eagle on.

Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura, who was in the lead heading into the final round, dropped two spots to place third after posting an even par with two birdies and two bogeys.

Kentucky’s Tyler McDaniel had the best round of the day and the best round of the weekend with a 7-under-par, 64, although he struggled on day one and wrapped up the tournament in a tie for 16th. UNLV’s John Oda, who finished in fourth this year with a 7-under-par, was the last player to post a 64 in the All-America Golf Classic when he did it last year. Jerry Pate, formerly of Alabama, was the first player to card a 64 when he accomplished it during the inaugural tournament.

Day One Results
1. Sam Burns (LSU): 67-68-66—201 (-12)
2. Justin Suh (USC): 69-68-67—204 (-9)
3. Kristoffer Ventura (OSU): 67-67-71—205 (-8)
4. John Oda (UNLV): 71-67-68—206 (-7)
5. Rico Hoey (USC): 73-66-69—208 (-5)
6. Davis Riley (Alabama): 68-72-69—209 (-4)
T7. Nahum Mendoza III (SDSU): 71-69-71—211 (-2)
T7. William Rainey (Charleston): 70-70-71—211 (-2)
T7. Charles Kim (Arkansas): 72-67-72—211 (-2)
T7. Luis Gagne (LSU): 72-70-69—211 (-2)
11. Will Gordon (Vanderbilt): 73-68-71—212 (-1)
T12. Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt): 74-68-71—213 (E)
T12. Ryan Cole (JMU): 69-72-72—213 (E)
13. Jared duToit (ASU): 72-68-74—214 (1)
14. Max McGreevy (Oklahoma): 72-68-76—216 (
3)
T16. Michael Perras (Houston): 74-72-71—217 (4)
T16. Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky): 73-80-64—217 (
4)
18. Stratton Nolen (OSU): 73-72-73—218 (5)
19. John Coultas (Florida Southern): 74-70-76—220 (
7)

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

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OSU’s Kristoffer Ventura Takes the Lead after Two Rounds of Play November 12, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura was focused on day one of play taking a one-stroke lead over Louisiana State sophomore Sam Burns at the El Paso Country Club, Saturday, Nov. 12.

Ventura fired off 12 birdies on the day carding a 4-under-par 67 in each round for a two round total of 8-under-par, 134. Ventura did well on par-4-holes and played consistently all day on the 6,889-yard, par 71 El Paso Country Club course.

“I was just consistent in every part of the game,” Ventura said. “I was able to strike the ball well and get in position to get some birdies. I felt good out there. It has been a good fall for me. I’ve been playing well. This a great tournament to be a part of and there are a lot of good players. I hope to come out Sunday and be just as consistent.”

Ventura won the Blue Media Blind Flop Contest on Friday getting his ball over the wall and within only 7-inches of the cup and that might have given some momentum to him heading into the first day of play.

Burns, one of the best players in the nation, was neck-and-neck with Ventura after the first round and marked only one less birdie than Ventura. Burns, although, had two more pars than Ventura, which seems to have kept him within one stroke of the leader. Burns was the No. 1-ranked golf recruit in the country, in both the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings and the Polo Junior Golf Rankings.

USC sophomore Justin Suh is currently sitting in third place with a 5-under, 137, while carding an eagle on the par 5, 547-yard hole No. 13 in round one. John Oda of UNLV is in fourth at 4-under par, while Rico Hoey of Southern California and Charles Kim of Arkansas are tied for fifth at 3-under par. Kim played an extremely fast first round, finishing in approximately two hours and 40 minutes. He fired rounds of 72-67.

“They didn’t change the pin placements for the second round and that made a difference,” Kim answered when asked about the improvement from round one to round two.

The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining continue to host the event with the final round of golf set for Sunday, Nov. 13 starting at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Live scoring will be available online at GolfStat.com. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.

Day One Results
1. Kristoffer Ventura (OSU): 67-67—134 (-8)
2. Sam Burns (LSU): 67-68—135 (-7)
3. Justin Suh (USC): 69-68—137 (-5)
4. John Oda (UNLV): 71-67—138 (-4)
T5. Charles Kim (Arkansas): 72-67—139 (-3)
T5. Rico Hoey (USC): 73-66—139 (-3)
T7. William Rainey (Charleston): 70-70—140 (-2)
T7. Max McGreevy (Oklahoma): 72-68—140 (-2)
T7. Nahum Mendoza III (SDSU): 71-69—140 (-2)
T7. Jared duToit (ASU): 72-68—140 (-2)
T7. Davis Riley (Alabama): 68-72—140 (-2)
T12. Ryan Cole (JMU): 69-72—141 (-1)
T12. Will Gordon (Vanderbilt): 73-68—141 (-1)
T14. Luis Gagne (LSU): 72-70—142 (E)
T14. Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt): 74-68—142 (E)
16. John Coultas (Florida Southern): 74-70—144 (2)
17. Stratton Nolen (OSU): 73-72—145 (
3)
18. Michael Perras (Houston): 74-72—146 (4)
19. Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky): 73-80—153 (
11)

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

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Weekend Started at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with the Long Drive, Putting and Blind Flop Contests November 11, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – Under amazing playing conditions, the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic kicked off, Friday, Nov. 11 with the annual long drive, putting and flop contests at the El Paso Country Club.

USC sophomore Justin Suh won the Titleist Long Drive Contest by blasting the ball 338 yards down the fairway, beating Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura by only three yards. Vanderbilt sophomore Will Gordon placed third with a distance of 334 yards and held the lead for most of the competition.

“I think I am one of the shortest guys out here so it’s really cool to out-drive the rest of them,” Suh said.

The PING Putting Contest came down to a playoff by the two players from Louisiana State University; sophomores Sam Burns and Luis Gagne. The two Tigers tallied just 26 stokes around the course, which featured obstacles that represented the El Paso culture, but it was Gagne who would come out on top.

The Blue Media Blind Flop Contest seemed to be the most challenging of the three contests, although OSU’s Kristoffer Ventura won the event after getting his ball over the wall and within only 7-inches of the cup. Florida Southern junior John Coultas tied for second with Alabama sophomore Riley Davis as each contestant marked a distance of 1-foot-3-inches.

“I’ve never been here to El Paso before and these last two days have been amazing. I look forward to the next couple of days,” Ventura said. “I enjoyed it. It was fun and it’s a hard shot. I was able to pull it off but it’s just fun to be a part of everything.”

The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining continue to host the event with two rounds of golf set for Saturday, Nov. 12 starting at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. The final round of golf is scheduled for Sunday at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available online at GolfStat.com.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

“This tournament has become a pillar here in El Paso and in the golf community,” said Tournament Chairman Gary Hanson. “The rich history of this tournament is a testament to the quality of our alumni that seem to win a PGA Tour event every week, and we are excited about the participants for this year’s tournament. It will be another exciting conclusion to the fall college schedule.”

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year as well the U.S. Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
Saturday (Nov. 12)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.

Titleist Long Drive Contest
1. – Justin Suh – USC – 338 yds.
2. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 335 yds.
3. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 334 yds.
4. – Sam Burns – LSU – 327 yds.
5. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 326 yds.
6. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 322 yds.
7. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – 314 yds.
8. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 311 yds.
T9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 304 yds.
T9. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 304 yds.
10. – Michael Perras – Houston – 303 yds.
11. – Jared du Toit – ASU – 302 yds.
12. – William Rainey – Charleston – 300 yds.
13. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 295 yds.
14. – John Oda – UNLV – 294 yds.
15. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – 293 yds.
T16. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 286 yds.
T16. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 286 yds.
17. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – No score

Blind Flop Contest
1. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 7”
T2. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – 1’ 3”
T2. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 1’ 3”
3. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 2’ 2”
4. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 4’ 1”
5. – John Oda – UNLV – 5’ 8”
6. – Sam Burns – LSU – 7’ 3”
7. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 7’ 11”
8. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 9’ 5”
9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 12’ 3”
10. – Justin Suh – USC – 12’ 5”
11. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 29’ 10”
12. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – No score
13. – Jared du Toit – ASU – No score
14. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – No score
15. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – No score
16. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – No score
17. – Michael Perras – Houston – No score
18. – William Rainey – Charleston – No score

PING Putting Contest
1. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 26 strokes
2. – Sam Burns – LSU – 26 strokes
T3. – Rico Hoey – USC – 27 strokes
T3. – John Oda – UNLV – 27 strokes
T3. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 27 strokes
T4. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 28 strokes
T4. – Justin Suh – USC – 28 strokes
5. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 29 strokes
T6. – Jared du Toit – ASU – 30 strokes
T6. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 30 strokes
T6. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – 30 strokes
7. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 31 strokes
8. – William Rainey – Charleston – 32 strokes
9. – Michael Perras – Houston – 35 strokes
10. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 37 strokes
11. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 37 strokes
12. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – 38 strokes
13. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – 38 strokes
14. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 47 strokes

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42nd Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Field Set October 26, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – The field is finalized for the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic with the Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining announcing today that there are 21 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers making their way to the Sun City for the prestige tournament, which is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13 at the El Paso Country Club.

There are 12 All-Americans playing in this year’s tournament that are ranked amongst the top 100 amatuer golfers, according to World Amateur Golf Rankings. Among the top-ranked players are the following: UNLV senior John Oda (21), USC senior Rico Hoey (22), Arizona State senior Jared du Toit (29), Alabama sophomore Davis Riley (41), Vanderbilt sophomore Will Gordon (43), Vanderbilt sophomore Patrick Martin (57), LSU sophomore Sam Burns (66), Oklahoma State senior Stranton Nolen (67), Kentucky junior Tyler McDaniel (86), Oklahoma senior Max McGreevy (97) and LSU sophomore Luis Gagne (100).

The 2016 All-America field also includes the 2016 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the NCAA Division II National Player-of-the-Year, the 2016 LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year, the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Year, a former two-time Hawai’i state champion and a former Kentucky State Amateur Champion and a three-time GCAA All-American, GCAA All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team performer.

USC senior Rico Hoey, who finished tied for second in 2014 and tied for seventh in 2015, is returning for one last chance at the Lee Trevino Trophy. He is the 19th student-athlete to compete in three College All-America Golf Classics.

“What I like about the tournament is that you get to play with the other guys who got All-American awards. Those guys are the best and I love competing with the best.” said Hoey. “What I like about El Paso is that we all get the opportunity to win an exclusive event that not many can play but also the people we meet there are incredible.”

Along with the opportunity to compete against the best-of-the-best from the collegiate level, each university represented at the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“Western is proud to again team with the Sun Bowl Association to welcome college golf’s most elite players in the country to El Paso,” said Jeff Stevens, President and CEO of Western Refining. “For over 40 years, this tournament has showcased the best college golfers to our city. The alumni of this tournament are now the legends of the PGA Tour and this week El Pasoans will have the chance to see the future legends of golf perform at El Paso Country Club.”

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

“This tournament has become a pillar here in El Paso and in the golf community,” said Tournament Chairman Gary Hanson. “The rich history of this tournament is a testament to the quality of our alumni that seem to win a PGA Tour event every week, and we are excited about the participants for this year’s tournament. It will be another exciting conclusion to the fall college schedule.”

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year as well the U.S. Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 11)
• 9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
• 10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 12)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.

2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Field

Sam Burns – Louisiana State University
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Burns committed to LSU as the nation’s No. 1 golf recruit in the U.S. according to Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings and Polo Junior Golf Rankings … As one of the most decorated junior golfers in Louisiana history, Burns earned victories at several events … In high school, he won the 2012 LHSAA Division IV state championship, two back-to-back LHSAA Division III state championships, and pushed Calvary Baptist Academy to five straight state team titles … Burns really broke through in 2014, a year in which he was honored as the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year … He also won the 2014 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions at Richland Country Club in Nashville, Tenn. carding record-breaking 21-under par 267 … Burns followed that by winning the 2014 Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas … The U.S. defeated the Europeans 16-8. Burns qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur and reached the round of 32 at the Atlanta Athletic Club … During his freshman year at LSU (2015-16), Burns competed in 12 events, finishing in the top 25 in 10 of them … He helped the Tigers reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships, where they lost to Oregon, the eventual champions … He finished the 2015-16 campaign as the No. 35-ranked player nationally in Golfstat’s final individual player rankings … Also the No. 55-ranked player in college golf in the final individual player rankings released by Golfweek following the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships… Honored as a PING Honorable Mention All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America … Also picked up a PING All-Southeast Region selection … Burns has made two appearances on the PGA Tour, both in 2015, at the Valero Texas Open and the FedEx St. Jude Classic, but failed to make the cut … His father, Todd, and brother, Chase, played college football at Louisiana Tech.

Ryan Cole – James Madison University
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 Honorable Mention PING All-American, CAA Golfer of the Year, VaSID State Golfer of the Year and Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar … 2015 VaSID Second Team All-State … 2016 and 2015 First Team All-CAA after being named 2014 Second Team All-CAA … Career lows of 64 (single round), 146 (36 holes) and 202 (54 holes) … Has 12 top-15 and 19 top-30 finishes in his career … Tied for 2nd at 14-under in the 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional to qualify for the Division I National Championships … As a sophomore in 2015 Had four top-10 and six top-20 placings … Won his first collegiate tournament at the Bash at the Beach Invitational with a career-best 8-under 205, earning him CAA Golfer of the Week … … In 2012, while in high school, was the medalist at the AJGA Peninsula Junior Classic and was runner-up in both the AJGA Erie Junior Golf Classic and the AJGA William Penn Junior Championship … Son of Randy and Leslie Cole … Majoring in finance at JMU.

John Coultas – Florida Southern
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 Jack Nicklaus Award winner as the NCAA Division II National Player-of-the-Year… All-Nicklaus Team… PING/GCAA All-America First-Team… PING/GCAA All-South Region Team… Sunshine State Conference Male Athlete-of-the-Year… SSC Golfer-of-the-Year… First Team All-SSC… SSC Golfer-of-the-Week for March 21… CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American… CoSIDA Academic All-District… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… Hal Smeltzly Award winner as Florida Southern’s Male Athlete-of-the-Year… Team MVP for the second year in a row… Played in all 11 tournaments, one of three Moccasins to do so (John VanDerLaan and Jimmy Jones were the others)… The Moccasins’ top golfer in eight of those tournaments… Led the Moccasins with a 71.17 stroke average, which was the lowest for a Moccasin since Jeff Klauk set the school record of 70.71 during the 1999-2000 season, and was the second lowest on record by any Moccasin golfer in the program’s history… 2015 PING/GCAA All-America First-Team… 2015 Phil Mickelson Award recipient as Most Outstanding Freshman in Division II… 2015 PING/GCAA All-Freshman Team… 2015 PING/GCAA All-South Region Team… 2015 SSC All-Tournament Team… 2015 All-SSC Second Team… 2015 SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll… 2015 Team MVP… 2014 graduate of Newsome High School in Lithia, Florida… Was a four-year lettermen in golf at NHS… two-time First-Team All-County selection as a junior and senior… Was a four-time state qualifier… Son of Doug and Lisa Coultas … Major: Business Administration… Enrolled in the Honors College at Florida Southern.

Jared du Toit – Arizona State University
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Garnered a top-10 finish at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open, hosted at Glenn Abbey Golf Club … Collected a 72-hole total 9-under 279 (67-71-70-71), to earn low-amateur honors becoming the first Canuck Amateur to record a top-10 finish at Canada’s coveted championship since Doug Bajus in 1954 … Followed up a great junior season (2015-16) with a win at the Glencoe Invitational champion, earning medalist honors on June 18 Glencoe’s Forest Course … The 21-year-old du Toit carded a three-round tally of 2-over 218, two shots better than Calgary’s Emmett Oh (Bearspaw) [It was a tough tournament, as 61 golfers combined for three times as many bogeys (992) as birdies (326)] … Earned GCAA and Golfweek Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2015-16 with five top-10 finishes … Transferred to ASU from Idaho after his sophomore season … Best ASU outing helped Sun Devils clinch the Albuquerque Regional on May-16-18, as he tied for fifth with a 4-over 220 (74-72-73-75) … Finished the year with a 71.66 scoring average with 11 of 41 rounds in the 60s and 20 of them at par or better … Also posted top-10 finishes at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, the Amer Air Invitational, Prestige at PGA West and Lamkin Grips.Raised in Kimberley, B.C., du Toit is a first-year selectee to Golf Canada’s national amateur squad and currently the top Canuck in the world amateur golf rankings … Won the 2015 British Columbia Amateur Title … Spent two seasons under head coach John Means at the University of Idaha … As a freshman he saw action 11 tournaments for the Vandals posting three top-10 finishes including a second-place finish at the Phoenix Desert Classic in Goodyear, AZ … earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference and Freshman of the Year Honors … Sophomore (2014-15): Led the Vandals in scoring (69.61) posting three first-place finishes including a win at the Big Sky Conference Championship.

Luis Gagne – Louisiana State University
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 PING Honorable Mention All-American … 2016 Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American … 2016 PING All-Southeast Region … 2016 LSWA Louisiana Freshman of the Year … 2016 LSWA First-Team All-Louisiana … One of the top players in college golf during his freshman season while finishing the 2015-16 campaign as the No. 33-ranked player nationally in the final individual player rankings released by Golfstat and Golfweek … Earned Honorable Mention All-America honors from both PING and Golfweek for his outstanding performance … Also picked up a PING All-Southeast Region selection … Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the Louisiana Freshman of the Year and a First-Team All-Louisiana performer … Made seven tournament appearances in his debut season with the Tigers, including six starts during the 2016 spring season … A catalyst in the Tigers advancing to match play at the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships for the third-straight season … Matched fellow freshman Sam Burns as the top Tigers in stroke play at the NCAA Championships, tying for 13th place with a final score of 4-over par 284 in 72 holes played at Eugene (Ore.) Country Club … Halved his NCAA quarterfinal match with Oregon’s Thomas Lim as the Tigers fell, 3.5-1.5, to the eventual national champions … One of the Top 20 high school recruits in the United States in the Class of 2015 … Ranked as high as the No. 16-ranked recruit nationally in the Class of 2015 in the National Junior Golf Scoreboard Boys Rankings on National Signing Day … Also tabbed the No. 17-ranked recruit nationally in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings and the No. 22-ranked recruit nationally in the Golfweek Junior Golf Rankings for the Class of 2015 … Full name is Luis Gerardo Gagne … Originally from Costa Rica … Parents are Michael and Graciela Gagne … Plans to major in either business or accounting at LSU.

Will Gordon – Vanderbilt
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll … 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team … As a freshman, Gordon played in 34 stroke-play rounds and averaged 70.88 strokes per round … Named to the All-SEC 2nd Team and the All-Freshman Team, and also to the U.S. Palmer Cup team, the only freshman named to the American team … Tied for first at the Schenkel Invitational (67-73-63), which included a final round 63 … Also posted a final-round 63 at the SunTrust Gator Invitational … Has had seven top 10 finishes this season – the Carmel Cup (T-10th), the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational (T-4th), the SunTrust Gator Invitational (6th), the Schenkel Invitational (T-1st), the Mason Rudolph Championship (T-4th), and the NCAA Franklin Regional (T-9th) … Had a 3-0 record in match play in regular season, defeating Jimmy Stangler of Virginia (2 & 1) at the DICK’s Collegiate Challenge Cup, and Vince Whaley of Georgia Tech (4 & 3) and Ben Schlottman of Auburn (3 & 2) at the FarmLinks Collegiate Match Play … Posted 10 rounds in the 60’s … His 63 tied a league-low this season with Florida’s Sam Horsfield, but was only player in the SEC with two rounds of 63 … Prior to joining Vanderbilt Gordon was ranked as the number one ranked junior golfer in the state of North Carolina for the late part of 2013 and the first half of 2014 after finishing in the top 10 in six junior tournaments … Member of the 2015 NCISAA State Championship team … In 2013, Gordon made the round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur, and in 2014, he made it to sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open … A 2013 AJGA Rolex All-America honorable mention selection, he was also a standout for his Cannon School team … Was a two-time Charlotte Observer Cabarrus News Player of the Year and a two-time NCISAA All-State team member, and holds his high school’s record for 18 holes (66) and nine holes (30) … Son of Norman and Sally Gordon … Undecided on Major … Recipient of the Loomis Family Golf Scholarship.

Rico Hoey – University of Southern California (USC)
Senior – Second Team All-American
Three-time GCAA All-American, GCAA All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team performer who has been instrumental in the Trojans’ regular-season and post-season success the past three years … Hoey led the Trojans with a career-best 70.85 stroke average and also topped the team with 14 rounds in the 60s and nine top 10s as a 2016 junior, earning GCAA All-American second team honors, GCAA All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors … He capped the season by taking second at the 2016 NCAA Championships at 3-under 277 (70-69-69-69), USC’s highest finish since Jamie Lovemark won the title in 2007 … The second-place finish was also his sixth top 5 of the season and 11th in the top 20 … He was fifth at The Prestige at PGA West at 6-under 207 (68-71-68), was a team-best tied for fifth at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at 5-under 211 (70-70-71), tied for seventh at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America at even 213 (65-76-72) … Hoey led USC at the Pac-12 Championships, tying for 11th at even 284 (70-70-72-72) … He split his two matches at the East Lake Cup Championship Match Play, including a 3&2 win over LSU’s Zach Wright … Hoey had a streak of eight straight rounds of 72 or better earlier this year, including the first seven rounds of the spring season … During the summer of 2016, Hoey won the 117th annual SCGA Amateur Championships title by four strokes at 19-under 269 (66-70-66-67) and also played in the U.S. Amateur … As a 2015 sophomore, earned GCAA PING All-American honorable mention, GCAA All West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors … He was second on the team with a 70.86 stroke average, 18 rounds in the 60s and six top 5 finishes, led by a second place at the Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), a tie for second at the Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and a third at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74) … He tied for 43rd at the NCAA Championships, providing two counter rounds to help USC qualify for the match play playoff … He won his quarterfinal match, 2&1, over Texas’ Doug Gihm and defeated Illinois’ Charlie Danielson, 2&1, in the semifinals … He dropped his match in the NCAA final to LSU’s Brandon Pierce, 2&1 … He carded a 74 as one of 14 collegiate players that competed in the inaugural Northern Trust Open Collegiate Showcase on Feb. 16 at the Riviera C.C. He tied for sixth in the 14-player field … Hoey just missed a spot in the U.S. Amateur match play field, falling in the third hole of a multi-player playoff … He tied for 22nd at the Players Amateur … Hoey put together one of the top seasons in Trojan golf history as a 2014 freshman, leading USC in stroke average (71.36), top 10 finishes (eight), rounds in the 60s (16), birdies (165) and eagles (eight) en route to 2014 GCAA All-American third team, All-West Region and All-Pac-12 first team honors while being tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year … A 2014 Palmer Cup pick, Hoey’s 16 rounds in the 60s and his 26 rounds of par or better were the most since Jamie Lovemark’s 20 and 27, respectively, during his 2007 freshman season … Hoey’s eight top 10s were actually all top 7 or better, including six in the top 5 … He led USC in the fall with a 70.91 stroke average in four tournaments, scoring his first collegiate win in the final fall event with an 8-under 202 (68-66-68) at the Gifford Collegiate and becoming the first Trojan to post three consecutive sub-70 rounds since 2012 … Hoey, who at one point had four straight top 5 results this year as well as a streak of seven consecutive rounds in the 60s, had back-to-back second-places at The Goodwin at 8-under 202 (66-69-67) and at the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic at 9-under 207 (71-69-67) … He also tied for third at the Western Intercollegiate at 4-under 206 (68-68-70), tied for fourth at the U.S. Collegiate Championship at 4-under 212 (70-71-71), took fifth at the Jones Invitational at 5-over 221 (74-73-74), tied for sixth at the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional at 4-over 220 (75-70-75) … Hoey attended Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High, where he concluded his career as a standout prep and junior player by capturing the 2013 CIF Southern Section Boys’ Golf individual title with a 3-under 69 to go with four league titles … In his final action before enrolling at USC, Hoey advanced to the match-play portion of the 2013 U.S. Amateur by tying for 20th in stroke play at 141 (73-68) … He lost in the first round of match play … Also in 2013, he tied for seventh in the Junior America’s Cup and took fourth at the Callaway Junior World Championship … Hoey won the 2012 Callaway Junior World Championship and the 2012 Junior America’s Cup and finished seventh at the 2012 California State Open … He was ranked the No. 14 overall recruit in the class of 2012 … He is a history major.

Franklin Huang – Stanford
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
During the 2014-15 season, Huang played in nine events (28 rounds) … 72.36 scoring average … Low round: 66 (The Gifford – 3) … Low tournament: 210 (The Gifford) … Best finish: tie-eighth (The Gifford) … Tied for 54th at United States Collegiate Championships (73-74-75, 222, +6) … Tied for eighth at Gifford Collegiate Championship (73-71-66, 210, -3) … Before joining Stanford, Huang placed first at the 2014 California Junior Amateur Championship … First at 2014 CIF San Diego Section … First at 2013 Southern California PGA Toyota Tour Cup Tour Championship … First at 2012 AJGA Junior Championship … Prepped at Rancho Bernardo (Calif.) … Tied for 13th at 2012 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship … Tied for eighth at 2012 Junior America’s Cup … 2012 AJGA All-America … 2012 Rolex All-America … 2012 Rancho Bernardo Player of the Year … Two-time first team all-CIF San Diego … Led team to second at 2013 CIF San Diego … School-record three consecutive SoCal Regional appearances … 2013 HP Scholastic All-America … National Merit Scholar … Rancho Bernardo Scholar-Athlete Award … Son of Tina Mai and Gordon Huang.

Charles Kim – Arkansas
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Finished his freshman year with a 73.5 stroke average over 27 rounds … Earned PING All-America honorable mention honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) … Carded 17 counting scores over nine events … Tallied 77 birdies and shot under-par five times … Made his collegiate debut at the Sea Best Invitational with rounds of 72-72-73/217 to finish T-23rd … Recorded one top-10 finish with a ninth place showing at the SEC Championship … Shot a season-low 68 on the second day of the NCAA Championships … Completed his high school career at Cedar Park High School as the No. 24 player on the Junior Golf Scoreboard … Ranked No. 28 by GolfWeek following his senior year … Was the No. 18 signee for 2015 according to Brentley Romine of GolfWeek … Won the 2013 Bluebonnet Championship in Brownwood, Texas, as part of the Legends Junior Tour … Attended the University of Texas for the fall 2015 semester, before transferring to Arkansas.

Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll … During the 2015-16 season, Martin played in 34 stroke-play rounds and averaged 71.18 strokes per round… Named to the All-SEC 2nd Team and the All-Freshman Team…Carded five top 10 finishes – the Carmel Cup (T-4th), the SunTrust Gator Invitational (T-3rd), the Schenkel Invitational (T-7th), the Mason Rudolph Championship (T-10th), and the NCAA Franklin Regional (T-9th)…Posted 10 rounds in the 60’s this season, including all three rounds at the SunTrust Gator Invitational…Posted a season-low 66 in the final round of the SunTrust Gator…Was 3-0 in match play in regular season, defeating Danny Walker of Virginia (4 & 3) at the DICK’s Collegiate Challenge Cup, and Travis Joiner of Georgia Tech (5 & 4) and Michael Johnson of Auburn, the eighth-ranked player in the nation, (6 & 5) at the FarmLinks Collegiate Match Play … Prior to joining Vanderbilt, Martin was ranked as the 19th player in the class of 2015 at the time of his signing…Won the Alabama State Match Play Championship in the summer of 2015…Was the 7A Individual State Champion for the state of Alabama in 2015…Was a 2013 Rolex All American Honorable Mention selection and captured two AJGA events, the 2013 NRP Bluegrass AJGA Junior Classic Championship and the 2014 Huntsville AJGA Junior Championship…Represented the USA in the 2013 USA – China youth golf match and went 3-0 in his matches…Was a finalist for the AJGA/ USGA Presidential Leadership award in 2013 and 2014 … Son of Greg and Christine Martin … Plans to major in Economics…Recipient of the Bronson Ingram Men’s Golf Scholarship.

Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
A 2016 PING Third-Team All-America selection … 2016 All-SEC second-team member … Started in all 11 tournaments for the Wildcats … Posted six top-10 finishes including a runner-up finish at the SEC Championship and fourth at the NCAA Regional … Claimed the individual title at the Grove Intercollegiate … UK’s top finisher at the NCAA Championships with a tie for 26th … Led the team with a 71.76 stroke average … Turned in 20 rounds of par-or-better play … Tied for fourth at the Invitational at the Ocean Course to begin a fall season where he placed in the top five in all four events … Tied for fifth at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Collegiate Challenge Cup which included an opening-round of 66 to begin the tournament … Was the runner-up at the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate highlighted by back-to-back rounds of 67 … Won the Intercollegiate at the Grove with rounds of 69 and 70 … Posted rounds of 68, 72 and 69 for a 1-under score at the SEC Championship … Started 11 tournaments for the Wildcats’ in his freshman campaign and ranked second on the team with a 72.12 stroke average … Notched 17 par or better rounds over 33 total rounds played, which ranked second on the squad … Earned All-SEC Freshman team honors after leading the Wildcats with an 11th place finish at the SEC Championships … Was selected as an individual participant at the NCAA Lubbock Regional … Had six total top-20 finishes and placed in the top 10 on two occasions … Captured the individual crown at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational with an 11-under par final score marking the first win of the season for any UK player … Fired rounds of 67, 70 and 71 at the SEC Championships … In high school, McDaniel was named the 2013 National PGA Junior Champion with scores of 70-70-65-69 … Also captured the 2013 Kentucky State Amateur Champion (68-67-68), where he won by six shots to tie the tournament record … Named the 2013 Kentucky Junior Amateur Champion for three straight years … Posted four consecutive top five finishes at the Kentucky High School state tournament and is a three-time KGA-PGA Junior Player of the Year … The 2011 Mr. Golf of Kentucky registered a scoring average of 69.8 during his senior season … Recorded his low round of 65 on three different occasions … Also a standout on the hardwood, where he was named First Team All-State and the 13th Region MVP … Helped lead the basketball team to a regional championship … In the classroom, McDaniel earned Academic All-State honors each year of high school and carried a 4.0 GPA … Son of Todd and Jennifer McDaniel … Major is accounting.

Max McGreevy – Oklahoma
Senior – Third Team All-American
Named to the 2016 Division I PING All-America Third Team … Competed in all 13 team events, serving as a team captain as a junior … Claimed his first career win at the Gopher Invitational, setting a career-low 54-hole score, 206 (-7) … Set a career-low round, 66, in the final round of the Gopher Invitational and matched it three more times throughout the season, including the final round of NCAA Championships stroke play … Earned nine top-20 and five top-10 finishes … Also tallied four top-five finishes, the most by any Sooner since the 2004-05 season … Alongside teammate Brad Dalke, finished tied for 26th place in the NCAA Championships to lead the Sooners to match play for the first time in school history … Posted a team-best 72.13 (0.68) scoring average … Selected to the 10-member 2016 All-Big 12 team … Named to the 2016 All-Central Region team by the Golf Coaches Association of America … Placed on the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 first team … Named to Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … As a sophomore during the 2014-15 season, McGreevy competed in 12 of OU’s 13 team events, missing Big 12 Championship with an injury … Tallied a 72.67 (1.17) scoring average, second best on team … Along with Michael Gellerman, led the squad with three top-five finishes … Placed within the top 10 four times and top 20 five times … Concluded season ranked No. 71 by Golfweek … Recorded eight rounds in 60s, tied for most on the team … Finished in a career-best tie for second place at NCAA San Diego Regional with a three-round 208 (-8) to help the Sooners to a 20-stroke victory … Started the season with a tie for fourth place at Carmel Cup … Tied for 51st place at NCAA Championships, carding a 54-hole 222 (6) … During the 2013-14 season, as a freshman, McGreevy competed in all 13 of OU’s team events, playing 40 rounds … Finished with a 74.03 (2.70) scoring average … Earned Big 12 Men’s Golfer of the Month honors for September after being highest finisher for Sooners in first two tournaments … Led the Sooners at the Golfweek Conference Challenge with a three-round 213 (-3) and career-best fifth-place finish in his first collegiate tournament … Tied for 32nd at NCAA Eugene Regional in Eugene, Ore., and 89th at NCAA Championships in Hutchinson, Kan. … In high school, McGreevy was a
two-time Oklahoma Class 6A State Golf Champion (2012, 2013) … Team earned Academic State Champions title … Parents: Brian and Sherry McGreevy … Brother: Tanner… Major: administrative leadership

Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State University
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Quickly blossomed into one of SDSU’s all-time greats, earning second-team PING All-America honors after finishing the year with a No. 31 individual ranking by Golfstat … Also received third-team All-America recognition from Golfweek and was an all-West Region selection … Led the team with a 71.18 scoring average, posting 21 rounds at or below par, including 12 in the 60s … Collected Mountain West Men’s Golfer of the Year honors, becoming the fifth Aztec player n school history to receive such distinction … Logged seven top-10 finishes this season, including four in the top five … A Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist … As a sophomore, Mendoza III garnered all-Mountain West accolades for the first time in his career … Ranked fourth on the squad with a 73.13 scoring average … Logged five top-20 performances, including a trio of top 10s … Totaled seven rounds in the 60s, which ranked second on the team … Also tallied six even-par efforts … During his freshman year, Mendoza III earned his first varsity letter … Ranked fourth among Aztec regulars with a 74.50 stroke average, posting two top-10 finishes … Totaled seven rounds below par and three rounds in the 60s … Prior to playing for SDSU, Mendoza III graduated in 2013 from Francis Parker School where he received first-team all-CIF San Diego Section honors following his junior and senior campaigns … Finished second at the 2012 San Diego Junior Masters after falling on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff at Carlton Oaks Country Club … Also took fourth at the AJGA Junior Challenge at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. … Mendoza III is pursuing a degree in communications.

Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Named a 2016 third-team All-American by Golfweek magazine … Also received 2016 honorable mention All-America recognition from the GCAA … Named an 2016 all-region selection as well … Named a 2016 first-team All-Big 12 pick … Earned his first victory at the Big 12 Championship … Was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month following the win … Carded rounds of 71, 73, 68 and 70 for a 6-under 282 score … Finished third at the NCAA Stillwater Regional … Opened with a 68 en route to a 2-over 218 total … Tied for 26th place at the NCAA Championship with a 287 score.

As a redshirt freshman during the 2014-15 season, Nolen made four starts on the year … As an amateur, Nolen won the 2014 Texas State Public Links Championship with a 2-and-1 victory over Will Griffin in the title match … Was the runner-up at the 2014 Texas Amateur Championship after carding a 7-under total of 277 … Named the recipient of the 2013 Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award … Won the Texas 5A UIL State Championship in 2012 … Posted rounds of 71 and 69 for a 140 total before winning the event on the first playoff hole … Carded rounds of 72 and 68 to win the PGA Junior Series at The Quarry in 2012 … Was runner-up in 2011 at the Signsational Signs Junior at The Woodlands … Was named the Legends Junior Tour Player of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012 … Won the 2010 Firecracker Open and was the event’s runner-up in 2012 … Won the 2011 Texas State Junior Championship … Posted a 5-under 208 to finish second at the 2012 HP Byron Nelson Junior Championship … Won the 2010 Stars of Texas Junior All-Star with a 206 score that included rounds of 68, 71 and 67 … Is the son of Breck and Beatsy Nolen

John Oda – UNLV
Senior – Second All-American
Recipient of the Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award and member of the Academic All-MW team … Also made the Dean’s Honor List … Named honorable mention All-America and selected to the PING All-West Region team … Was the MW Freshman of the Year and also earned All-MW honors … Named the 2015 Earl E. Wilson Most Valuable Player, which is given annually to the top player on the squad … Played in 12 tournaments, totaling 36 rounds … Recorded nine top-20 finishes, including seven top-10s and four top-fives … Shot par or better 20 times … He won his first career tournament at the Sea Best Invitational and placed second on two occasions – at the John Burns Intercollegiate and the Jackrabbit Invitational … Shot 12 rounds in the 60s, including a career-low 64 on three occasions, setting the UNLV freshman record for low round … The 64s also tied for the second-lowest round in Rebel golf history … His 54-hole total of 198 at the Jackrabbit is tied for the third- lowest score in program history, while his 199 at The Goodwin is tied for fifth … He led the Rebels in scoring average with 71.11, which is the fourth-lowest seasonal average in program history and lowest by a freshman, shattering the old mark by 1.44 shots per round … During the summer of 2015, he played in the USGA Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship and he was selected to represent the USGA at Carnoustie in Scotland at The (British) Amateur Championship … He tied for 10th at the Sahalee Players Championship and made the round of 36 at The Amateur Championship … A 2014 graduate of Moanalua High School in Honolulu, Hawaii … Was the Hawaii High School Athletic Association Individual State Champion in 2012 and 2014 … Was the 2012 and 2013 Hawaii State Amateur Champion … Set the tournament record in 2013 at 19-under … Was the low amateur at the 2012 Hawaii Pearl Open … The son of Jay and Emiko Oda … Majoring in political science

Michael Perras – Houston
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
2015-16 PING All-All-America Honorable Mention … 2015-16 PING All-Central Region Team … 2015-16 All-American Athletic Conference Team … 2016 NCAA Franklin Regional Individual Champion … 2015 HBU Husky Intercollegiate Individual Champion … 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship Participant … 2015-16 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team … Made his 2015-16 season debut at the HBU Husky Intercollegiate … Became only the fourth player in school history to post a 63 with his total in the First Round … Posted a score of 16-under-par 200 at the NCAA Franklin Regional to earn medalist honors … Became the fourth Cougar in program history to win an NCAA Regional individual title … In 2014-15, Perras made his collegiate debut at the season-opening Northern Intercollegiate … Tied for 32nd with a score of 229 … Fired back-to-back 70s to tie for third at 140 at the Miramont Invitational … Tied for 16th at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate with a score of 219 to rank second among the Cougars … Son of Debi and Rick Perras … Grandfather, Fred Marti, competed for Houston Men’s Golf from 1961 to 1963 and was a member of the Cougars’ 1962 NCAA national championship team under legendary Head Coach Dave Williams … Majoring in business.

William Rainey – Charleston
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2016 Division I PING All-America honorable mention … 2016 Division I PING All-Region selection … 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship Individual Finalist
2016 Colonial Athletic Association Individual Champion and Most Outstanding Player … 2016 All-CAA First Team and CAA All-Academic Team selection … Two-Time CAA All-Tournament Team selection (2014 and 2016) … Ranked second all-time in single-season scoring average (71.69) … Was ranked as high as No. 60 in the nation during the 2015-16 season … Tied for first all-time in single-season tournament wins (2) with former CofC greats Jack Boeckx (1996-97) and Bruce McDonald (2002-03) … Became the first men’s golfer in school history and second in CAA history to make the cut for the final day of individual play at the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships in Eugene, Ore. … Tied for 51st with rounds of 72, 68, 71 and 80 (+11) … 2016 NCAA Tuscaloosa Regional low individual carding rounds of 71, 70 and 68 to finish at 7-under par for the tournament and became first player in school history to advance to nationals as an individual … Carded a 5-under par 211 with rounds of 71-69-71 to be crowned the CAA Men’s Golf individual champion becoming the fifth all-time player in school history to win a conference individual title next to Daniel Brunson (2002), Bruce McDonald (2003), Josh Lorenzetti (2013) and John Jonas (2015) … Prior to joining COFC, Rainey was ranked as high as No. 16 in the country in the Class of 2013 and was the No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina in the Fall of 2012 … Named First Team Boys’ All-State by the Carolinas Golf Association/Tar Heel Youth Golf Foundation … Shot a career-low round of 66 at the 2012 Joe Cheves Junior Invitational … Rainey is the son of Richard and Julia Rainey … Sociology major at College of Charleston … Qualified for the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields … Won the Rice Planters Amateur in the summer of 2015 … Featured nationally for his trick-shot videos on Vine.

Davis Riley – Alabama
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Coming off a stellar summer season in which he reached the semifinals of match play at the 2016 Western Amateur Championship … Also competed at the 2016 U.S. Amateur Championship in August … Came to Alabama after a stellar junior career … Named the 2014-15 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Boys Golf Player of the Year … Ranked No. 3 in Golfweek’s ranking and No. 6 in the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) rankings … Qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open after placing eighth in the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying tournament … Was one of 10 golfers to qualify from the sectional tournament and finished tied with two-time U.S. Open champion and seven-time PGA Tour victor Retief Goosen at 6-under par 136 (69-67) … Also competed at the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship and was one of 64 golfers who advanced to the match play portion … Represented the United States at the 2015 Junior Ryder Cup Championship in Perthsire, England, helping the U.S. defeat England, 16-8 … Before joining Alabama, Riley played at Presbyterian Christian High School in Hattiesburg, Miss. … Named by USA Today as the 2014-15 All-USA Boys Golf Player of the Year … Won the state title four straight years, including shooting a 9-under par 63 to take individual honors by a six-stroke margin his senior season … Named as a recipient of the Byron Nelson International Junior Golf Award, which recognizes junior golf’s top performing athletes who demonstrate strong character, consistent sportsmanship, a commendable academic background as well as a commitment to serving others … At 17, he became the youngest player to ever win the prestigious Terra Cotta Invitational … Joined Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth as the only golfers to appear in the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship in back-to-back years where he finished runner-up both times … A two-time AJGA First Team All-America (2014 and 2015) … As a sophomore in 2013, he finished inside the top 30 in every AJGA event he played and made it to the final match at the U.S. Junior … Riley is the son of David and Kim Riley … Major is business.

Justin Suh – University of Southern California
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Suh, as a 2016 freshman, earned GCAA PING All-American honorable mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman honors … He finished third on the team with a stroke average of 72.57, had eight rounds in the 60s, two top 10s and six top 20s, including a tie for 10th at the NCAA Championships at 3-over 283 (68-67-75-73) … He posted a season-best tie for eighth at the Western Intercollegiate at 1-under 209 (67-74-68), tied for 19th at the Pac-12 Championships at 4-over 288 (70-69-71-78) and tied for 17th at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional at 10-over 226 (73-80-73) … His fall action was topped by a tie for 39th at the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational at par 215 (67-71-77) … He split his two matches at the East Lake Cup Championship Match Play, including a 5&3 win over LSU’s Nathan Jeansonne … After the season, Suh played as an amateur in the 2016 U.S. Open … He missed the cut by three strokes, finishing 36 holes at 8-over 148 (75-73) … Suh also played in the 2016 U.S. Amateur, tying for fourth in stroke play at 4-under 136 (68-68) before falling 1up in the round of 64 … Suh, who prepped at Evergreen Valley High in San Jose, Calif., is a rare a four-time qualifier for the USGA Junior Amateur who came to USC with a handful of big wins on his resume … Among the few who have qualified four times for the USGA Junior Amateur are PGA stars Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth … Suh finished second at the 2015 California state championships as a senior (by one stroke) a year after winning it as a junior in 2014 … The 2014 NGCA Junior Championship winner also won the Central Coast Section title in 2014 and 2015, the latter win in a one-hole playoff … As a 2013 sophomore, he tied for third at the Central Coast Section event … He won the individual title at the 2014 Hogan Cup and took second at the 2014 Junior America’s Cup … He was named the 2014 and 2015 San Jose Mercury News Boys Golfer of the Year and the 2013 Junior Tour of Northern California Player of the Year … Suh is a business administration major.

Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
As a sophomore in 2015-16, Ventura was named a third-team All-American by both Golfweek magazine and the Golf Coaches Association of America … Was tabbed as an all-region selection as well as a first-team All-Big 12 pick … Closed with a 69 to finish at 216 and tied for 12th place at the Valspar Collegiate … Earned his first victory at the Aggie Invitational … Posted rounds of 69, 72 and 71 to finish at 4-under 212 … Tied for seventh place at The Maxwell with scores of 68 and 70 giving him a 2-under 138 total … Tied for 12th place at the Big 12 Championship with a 293 tally … Earned his second win of the spring at the NCAA Stillwater Regional after carding an even-par total of 216 with rounds of 71 72 and 73 … Tied for 51st place at the NCAA Championship with a 291 score … Ventura was named a Ping All-Central Region pick as a freshman … Was also tabbed as a first-team All-Big 12 selection … Made 11 starts during his first season as a Cowboy … Finished in sole possession of ninth place at The Prestige at PGA West with scores of 68, 69 and 71 giving him an 8-under total of 208 … Tied for 32nd place at the Big 12 Championship … Posted a 302 total … Closed with a 69 at the NCAA New Haven Regional to finish at 217 and tied for 42nd place … Tied for 84th place at the NCAA Championship Posting a 227 total … As an amateur, Ventura has represented Norway twice at the World Amateur Team Championship, competing in 2014 and 2012 … In 2014, he posted rounds of 70, 71, 70 and 69 to finish at 6-under 280 and tied for 51st place … In 2012, tied for 13th place at 5-under 209 with scores of 73, 68 and 68 … Finished third at the 2014 Italian International Amateur Championship with rounds of 70, 72, 72 and 75 … Represented Europe at the Jacques Leglise Trophy in 2013 … Competed for Norway at The Spirit International in 2013 … Finished fifth at the 2013 French Boys … Finished second at the 2012 European Nations Cup … Posted a 286 score with rounds of 73, 76, 69 and 68 … Won the 2012 French Boys Championship with a 140 total after carding rounds of 68 and 72 … Carded a 223 total to tie for second place at the 2011 European Young Masters … Won the French International Boys Championship with scores of 70 and 74 … Represented the European side at the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup … Ventura is the son of Carlos and Charlotte Ventura … Majoring in sports management.

Gunn Yang – San Diego State University
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2014 U.S. Amateur Champion … Yang saw his first extensive action as a collegian, cracking the starting lineup in 11 of 13 tournaments as a sophomore during the 2015-16 season … Averaged 73.24 strokes in 33 rounds … Logged three top-10 placements. … Carded a dramatic double-eagle on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff following the final round of the NCAA Albuquerque Regional (May 16-18) … Finished the regional alone in 10th place with a 7-over 223 in regulation, highlighted by a huge birdie on the 18th green during the final round … Contributed to SDSU’s team title at the Barona Collegiate Cup, landing in a fifth-place tie at 4-under 212, highlighted by a career-best 68 in the opening round (March 21-22) … Also competed at the historic Western Intercollegiate (April 11-13) and the NCAA Championships, where he shot a 20-over 230 on rounds of 75-81-74 (May 27-30) … During 2014-15, Yang competed in several events on the PGA Tour as an amateur, highlighted by appearances in the Masters, U.S. Open and British Open … Tied for 65th at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, where he fired a 2-over 282 on rounds of 67-70-71-74 … Also participated in the Farmers Insurance Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, RBC Heritage and Memorial Tournament … Was the highest finishing amateur at the Mazda NSW Open in Australia, where he took fourth overall at 12-under 276, highlighted by a 66 in the third round … In the summer of 2014, Yang captured the U.S. Amateur Championship after winning six straight matches, including four against top-100 opponents in the World Amateur Golf Rankings … Became SDSU’s second U.S. Amateur champion since Gene Littler in 1953 … Advanced to the match-play phase of the tournament after finishing in a tie for 21st with a combined 2-under 141 in medal competiton … Won his sectional qualifier with a collective 4-under 140 at Hacienda Country Club in La Habra, Calif. … Made his first collegiate appearance during the fall of 2012 in the individual tournament at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational where he tied for 17th with a combined 8-over 221, which featured a season-best 69 during the final round (Sept. 17-18) … Earned a starting assignment the following week at the PING/Golfweek Preview, finishing in the 72nd position at 19-over 229 … Yang graduated from Torrey Pines High School in San Diego … Majoring in social science at SDSU.

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College All-America Golf Classic Alumni Participating in Ryder Cup September 28, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – The 2016 Ryder Cup teams are set and feature a total of 10 Pro Golf Association (PGA) players that have participated in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in the past. The 10 PGA members are on the teams as either captains, vice-captains or players.

Leading the United States team is All-America Classic alum Davis Love III, who is the team captain. Love III played and won in El Paso during the 1984 tournament. He also played in the 1983 Classic.

“It’s always great to see players that have come and played in El Paso compete in these big tournaments,” Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas said. “I remember seeing players like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler walking the course at the El Paso Country Club as little known collegians.”

The 41st Ryder Cup is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota and team USA has a well-known field that includes Jim Furyk, J.B. Holmes, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler and Brandt Snedeker, all of whom are alumni to the All-America Classic. Joining the former All-America Classic participants on team USA are Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reid and Jimmy Walker.

Team Europe, which has won eight of the last 10 and six of the last seven Ryder Cups, including the last three in a row, also has an alum from the College All-America Classic. Thomas Pieters, a 2012 player in the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, joins newly crowned FedExCup champion Rory McIlroy. They are teamed up with Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, plus six rookies in Masters Champion Danny Willett, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, and Chris Wood.

Play begins Friday morning.

Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Alumni in Ryder Cup
Name (School Played For) Year Played in SBWRCAAGC Score at CAAGC Finish
Jim Furyk (Arizona) 1990 72-73-73—218 T16
Matt Kuchar (Georgia Tech) 1999 69-67-72—208 1
Davis Love III (North Carolina) 1983 77-75-69—221 T17
1984 70-72-70—212 1
Phil Mickelson (Arizona State) 1989 W/D 24
Tiger Woods (Stanford) 1995 68-71-72—211 1
Jordan Spieth(Texas) 2011 71-72-75—218 T15
Rickie Fowler (Oklahoma State) 2008 72-72-72—216 T16
Brandt Snedeker (Vanderbilt) 2002 74-70-71—215 5
J.B. Holmes (Kentucky) 2002 75-67-76—218 T8
Thomas Pieters (Illinois) 2012 70-67-65—202 4

Ryder Cup Tournament Page Link: http://www.rydercup.com/
PGA Tour Page Link: http://www.pgatour.com/

USA Roster:
Captain: Davis Love III
Vice-Captains: Jim Furyk, Tom Lehman, Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Players: Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson, Ryan Moore, Patrick Reed, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth, Jimmy Walker

Europe Roster:
Captain: Darren Clarke
Vice-Captains: Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington, Paul Lawrie, Ian Poulter, Sam Torrance
Players: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Thomas Pieters, Justin Rose, Henrick Stenson, Andy Sullivan, Lee Westwood, Danny Willett, Chris Wood

The 42nd edition of the All-America Classic is scheduled for Nov. 11-13, 2016 at the El Paso Country Club with 15 All-Americans already committed to participating.

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Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Dates in Place September 19, 2016

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining announced today the dates for the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Friday through Sunday, Nov. 11-13 at the El Paso Country Club.

Invitations to the 42nd edition of the All-America Classic include 2016 PING All-America first team, second team, third team and honorable mention selections. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1974.

“This tournament has become a pillar here in El Paso and in the golf community,” said Tournament Chairman Gary Hanson. “The rich history of this tournament is a testament to the quality of our alumni that seem to win a PGA Tour event every week, and we are excited about the potential participants for this year’s tournament. It will be another exciting conclusion to the fall college schedule.”

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 50 majors championships and have earned over $1.8 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year as well the US Amateur Champion or Runner Up who still have collegiate eligibility. The event is free and open to the public.

2016 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 11)
• 9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
• 10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 12)
• 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 13)
• 8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation to the winner immediately following final round.

Eligible Participants
• First Team
Beau Hossler (Texas)
Maverick McNealy (Stanford)
Sam Horsfield (Florida)
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
Robby Shelton (Alabama)
Aaron Wise (Oregon)

• Second Team
Doug Ghim (Texas)
Gavin Hall (Texas)
Rico Hoey (USC)
KK Limbhasut (California)
Nahum Mendoza III (San Diego State)

• Third Team
Derick Bard (Virginia)
Will Gordon (Vanderbilt)
Tyler McDaniel (Kentucky)
Max McGreevy (Oklahoma)
Collin Morikawa (California)
Greyson Sigg (Georgia)
Kristoffer Ventura (Oklahoma State)

• Honorable Mention
Sam Burns (LSU)
Chelso Barrett (TCU)
Jared duToit (Arizona State)
Luis Gagne (LSU)
Patrick Martin (Vanderbilt)
Dillion Myer (Illinois)
Gordon Neale (Florida)
Stratton Nolen (Oklahoma State)
John Oda (UNLV)
Jeremy Paul (Colorado)
Corey Pereira (Washington)
William Rainey (Charleston)
Davis Riley (Alabama)
Justin Suh (USC)
Lars van Meijel (Memphis)
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)
Michael Perras (Houston)
Charles Kim (Arkansas)
Franklin Huang (Stanford)
Ryan Cole James (James Madison)

• Division II
John Coultas (Florida Southern)

• US Amateur Runner-up
Brad Dalke (Oklahoma)

Editor’s Note: *another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.

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Vanderbilt’s Zack Jaworski Takes Home 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Title November 8, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – Vanderbilt senior Zack Jaworski started the day in fifth place on the leaderboard but fired a 4-under-par 67 in the final round at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic to become the 41st champion of the prestigious event and take home the Lee Trevino Trophy.

Jaworski becomes the second player from Vanderbilt to win the event as former Vanderbilt golfer Luke List won it in 2005 posting a three round score of 200 (67-65-68). Jaworski finished the tournament carding 16 birdies, including six in the final round of play. After posting bogies on holes seven and eight, he maintain his composure and tallied four birdies and six pars in the final 10 holes of play.

“Off the tee I wasn’t as solid as I would have liked, but around the greens I got the putter going, I got hot and I started making birdies,” Jaworski said.

Jaworski’s teammate, junior Matthias Schwab made a push for the 2015 title tying for second place with LSU’s Zach Wright and South Florida’s Claudio Correa with a 4-under 209. Schwab entered the final round of play in a tie for sixth and moved up four spots has he tallied a 3-under-par 68 in the final round using six birdies to help move up the leaderboard.

“I wouldn’t expect less than that from Matthias,” Jawoski said. “He is a great player and plays very consistent.”

“We are really excited for Jaws and Matthias and how they represented themselves and our program,” said Vanderbilt head coach Scott Limbaugh. “This is a great event with great history and for them to finish first and second is really a big deal.

Correa, who entered round three with the lead, struggled on Sunday posting three bogeys and only one birdie ending the day with a 2-over-par 73. East Tennessee State’s Adrian Meronk started the final day of play in second place but also had a tough day on the course as he also carded a 2-over. His play seemed inconsistent in round three as he marked four birdies, four bogeys, a double-bogey and nine pars.

Alumni of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions. Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Player Leaderboard
El Paso Country Club (Par 71; 6,889 Yards)
FINAL
1 Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt: 71-69-67—207 (-6)
T2 Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt: 70-71-68—209 (-4)
T2 Zach Wright – LSU: 69-70-70—209 (-4)
T2 Claudio Correa – South Florida: 68-68-73—209 (-4)
T5 Beau Hossler – Texas: 74-69-68—211 (-2)
T5 Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State: 70-68-73—211 (-2)
T7 Rico Hoey – Southern California: 65-76-72—213 (E)
T7 Max Rottluff – Arizona State: 74-65-74—213 (E)
9 Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest: 72-72-70—214 (1)
10 John Oda – UNLV: 64-78-73—215 (
2)
T11 Gavin Hall – Texas: 69-75-72—216 (3)
T11 Zach Seabolt – Winthrop: 74-70-72—216 (
3)
13 Brandon Matthews – Temple: 68-74-76—218 (5)
T14 Robin Sciot-Siegrist – Louisville: 70-72-78—220 (
7)
T14 Blair Hamilton – Houston: 70-75-75—220 (7)
16 Doug Ghim – Texas: 75-73-73—221 (
8)
17 Brandon Pierce – LSU: 71-75-78—224 (11)
18 Santiago Gomez – Nova Southeastern: 71-77-77—225 (
12)
19 Riley Davenport – Charlotte: 75-77-74—226 (13)
T20 Ben Griffin – North Carolina: 75-77-76—228 (
15)
T20 Rigel Fernandes – South Florida: 74-80-74—228 (15)
22 Taylor Moore – Arkansas: 76-77-76—229 (
16)

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Final Results and Standings

2015 Final Statistical Leaders

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South Florida’s Claudio Correa Leads the Field Heading into the Final Round of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 7, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – South Florida sophomore Claudio Correa heads into the final round of the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic after carding a 6-under-par 136 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club Course, Saturday, Nov. 7.

Correa was tied for third after posting a 68 in round one and maintained his composure as the wind picked up in the afternoon carding another 68 in round two. Correa holed 24 pars and posted nine birdies to gain a two-stroke lead over East Tennessee State’s senior Adrian Meronk, who heads into the final round with a 4-under-par 138. Meronk, who was one of three player to card an eagle on the day (hole No. 9), also tallied a 68 in round two.

UNLV’s sophomore John Oda was in the lead after one round of play as he tallied a 64 but missed a few key shots in round two and finished with a 78 to drop on the leaderboard to tie for eighth with Brandon Matthews of Temple and Robin Sciot-Siegrist of Louisville. All three players go into the last day of play with an even par.

The final round of play begins at 8 a.m. (MT) and live scoring is available online at www.golfstat.com.

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

Player Leaderboard
El Paso Country Club (Par 71; 6,889 Yards)
First and Second Rounds
1. Claudio Correa, South Florida: 68-68=136 (-6)
2. Adrian Meronk, ETSU: 70-68=138 (-4)
T3. Zach Wright, LSU: 69-70=139 (-3)
T3. Max Rottluff, Arizona State: 74-65=139 (-3)
5. Zack Jaworski, Vanderbilt: 71-69=140 (-2)
T6. Rico Hoey, USC: 65-76=141 (-1)
T6. Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt: 70-71=141 (-1)
T8. Brandon Matthews, Temple: 68-74=142 (E)
T8. John Oda, UNLV: 64-78=142 (E)
T8. Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville: 70-72=142 (E)
11. Beau Hossler, Texas: 74-69=143 (1)
T12. Zach Seabolt, Winthrop: 74-70=144 (
2)
T12. Gavin Hall, Texas: 69-75=144 (2)
T12. Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest: 72-72=144 (
2)
15. Blair Hamilton, Houston: 70-75=145 (3)
16. Brandon Pierce, LSU: 71-75=146 (
4)
T17. Doug Ghim, Texas: 75-73=148 (6)
T17. Santiago Gomez, Nova SE: 71-77=148 (
6)
T19. Riley Davenport, Charlotte: 75-77=152 (10)
T19. Ben Griffin, North Carolina: 75-77=152 (
10)
21. Taylor Moore, Arkansas: 76-77=153 (11)
22. Rigel Fernandes, South Florida: 74-80=154 (
12)

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

TEE TIMES:
Tee No. 1 – 8 a.m.
Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Louisville)
Beau Hossler (Texas)

Tee No. 1 – 8:10 a.m.
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)
Brandon Matthews (Temple)
John Oda (UNLV)

Tee No. 1 – 8:20 a.m.
Max Rottluff (ASU)
Zack Jaworski (Vanderbilt)
Rico Hoey (USC)

Tee No. 1 – 8:30 a.m.
Claudio Correa (South Florida)
Adrian Meronk (ETSU)
Zach Wright (LSU)

Tee No. 10 – 8 a.m.
Zach Seabolt (Winthrop)
Gavin Hall (Texas)

Tee No. 10 – 8:10 a.m.
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)
Blair Hamilton (Houston)
Brandon Pierce (LSU)

Tee No. 10 – 8:20 a.m.
Santiago Gomez (Nova SE)
Doug Ghim (Texas)
Riley Davenport (Charlotte)

Tee No. 10 – 8:30 a.m.
Ben Griffin (North Carolina)
Taylor Moore (Arkansas)
Rigel Fernandes (South Florida)

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Round Two Leaderboard

Statistical Leaders Round Two

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Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic; Results from Rd. 1 November 7, 2015

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Round one of the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is complete. Round two of the tournament is underway. A recap will be posted tonight.

1 John Oda, UNLV – 64
2 Claudio Correa, South Florida – 68
3 Rico Hoey, Southern California – 65
4 Brandon Matthews, Temple – 68
T5 Gavin Hall, Texas – 69
T5 Matthias Schwab, Vanderbilt – 70
T7 Blair Hamilton, Houston – 70
T7 Zack Jaworski, Vanderbilt – 71
T7 Zach Wright, LSU – 69
T7 Will Zalatoris, Wake Forest – 72
T11 Zach Seabolt, Winthrop – 74
T11 Brandon Pierce, LSU – 71
T11 Adrian Meronk, East Tennessee State – 70
T11 Robin Sciot-Siegrist, Louisville – 70
15 Santiago Gomez, Nova Southeastern – 71
16 Beau Hossler, Texas – 74
T17 Doug Ghim, Texas – 75
T17 Max Rottluff, Arizona State – 74
19 Taylor Moore, Arkansas – 76
T20 Riley Davenport, Charlotte – 75
T20 Rigel Fernandes, South Florida – 74
22 Ben Griffin, North Carolina – 75

Round One Leaderboard


Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic: TEE TIMES November 6, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – After a fun day at the El Paso Country Club with the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Long Drive and Putting Contests, the All-America golfers will open with 36-holes of play starting at 8 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The tee-times are listed below and the event is free and open to the public. Live scoring will be available online at www.GolfStat.com.

Tee No. 1 – 8 a.m.
Santiago Gomez (Nova Southeastern)
Brandon Matthews (Temple)

Tee No. 1 – 8:10 a.m.
Taylor Moore (Arkansas)
Blair Hamilton (Houston)
Doug Ghim (Texas)

Tee No. 1 – 8:20 a.m.
Adrian Meronk (ETSU)
Gavin Hall (Texas)
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt)

Tee No. 1 – 8:30 a.m.
Beau Hossler (Texas)
Max Rottluff (Arizona State)
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest)

Tee No. 10 – 8 a.m.
Zach Seabolt (Winthrop)
Riley Davenport (Charlotte)

Tee No. 10 – 8 a.m.
Zach Wright (LSU)
Zach Jaworski (Vanderbilt)
Ben Griffin (North Carolina)

Tee No. 10 – 8:20 a.m.
Rico Hoey (USC)
Brandon Pierce (LSU)
Rigel Fernandes (South Florida)

Tee No. 10 – 8:30 a.m.
John Oda (UNLV)
Robin Sciot-Siegrist (Louisville)
Claudio Correa (South Florida)

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Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic: LONG DRIVE AND PUTTING CONTEST RESULTS November 6, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic official got underway, Friday, Nov. 6 with the long drive and putting contests at the El Paso Country Club.

Brandon Matthews, a Temple Owl senior and 2015 All-America honorable mention, won the long drive contest blasting the ball 345 yards down the fairway. Matthews’ hit was just seven yards farther than the second place finishers. East Tennessee State senior Adrian Meronk tied for second with Arkansas senior Taylor Moore with a distance of 338 yards.

Vanderbilt senior Zack Jaworski won the putting contest by just one stroke. He won by carding 18 strokes on a make-shift course that featured obstacles such as an oversized boot and putting while sitting on a saddle. South Florida junior Rigel Fernandes placed second with 19 stokes.

PGA legend Lee Trevino was also on hand encouraging the All-American throughout the morning.

The first two rounds of the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic starts at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Live scoring will be available online at www.GolfStat.com.

Name (School) – Distance
Brandon Matthews (Temple) – 345 yards (WINNER)
Adrian Meronk (ETSU) – 338 yards
Taylor Moore (Arkansas) – 338 yards
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest) – 328 yards
Brandon Pierce (LSU) – 325 yards
Zach Wright (LSU) – 324 yards
Gavin Hall (Texas) – 319 yards
Rigel Fernandes (South Florida) – 319 yards
Rico Hoey (USC) – 318 yards
Claudio Correa (South Florida) – 316 yards
Blair Hamilton (Houston) – 311 yards
Max Rottluff (Arizona State) – 306 yards
Doug Ghim (Texas) – 304 yards
Ben Griffin (North Carolina) – 304 yards
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt) – 302 yards
Santiago Gomez (Nova Southeastern) – 287 yards

Name (School) – No. strokes
Zack Jaworski (Vanderbilt) – 18 (WINNER)
Rigel Fernandes (South Florida) – 19
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt) – 20
Will Zalatoris (Wake Forest) – 21
Taylor Moore (Arkansas) – 22
Gavin Hall (Texas) – 23
Brandon Pierce (LSU) – 23
Max Rottluff (Arizona State) – 23
Santiago Gomez (Nova Southeastern) – 24
Riley Davenport (Charlotte) – 25
Zach Seabolt (Winthrop) – 25
Zach Wright (LSU) – 29
Claudio Correa (South Florida) – 30
Beau Hossler (Texas) – 34
Ben Griffin (North Carolina) – 38

About the Tournament
The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.


Lee Trevino Special Guest at the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic November 5, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining have announced that PGA legend and Hall of Famer Lee Trevino will be in attendance at the 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic on November 5-6 at the El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.

Trevino, whose hometown is El Paso, will be in attendance at the welcome banquet speaking to the All-America student-athletes that are participating in the tournament. The welcome banquet is closed to the public, but those who would like to get an autograph or picture with Trevino can do so at the Long Drive and Putting Contest on November 6. He will be at the El Paso Country Club from 9am-12pm, encouraging the golfers and speaking with those watching the contest.

“It’s great to have someone that is such a legend, not only on the PGA Tour, but also in El Paso,” said tournament chairman Gary Hanson. “Lee has be very instrumental in helping establish this tournament and to have him back in his hometown is a great thing for everyone.”

He qualified for the U.S. Open in 1966, made the cut, and tied for 54th. He qualified again in 1967 and shot 283 (+3), eight shots behind champion Jack Nicklaus, and only four behind runner-up Arnold Palmer. Trevino finished fifth, which earned him Tour privileges for the rest of the 1967 season. He was named Rookie of the Year by Golf Digest. The fifth-place finish at the U.S. Open also earned him an exemption into the following year’s event.

During his career, Trevino won 29 times on the PGA Tour, including six majors. He was at his best in the early 1970s, when he was Nicklaus’s chief rival. He won the money list title in 1970, and had six wins in 1971 and four wins in 1972.

Trevino had a remarkable spell during a span of 20 days in the summer of 1971. He defeated Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff to win the 1971 U.S. Open. Two weeks later, he won the Canadian Open (the first of three), and the following week won The Open Championship (British Open), becoming the first player to win those three titles in the same year. Trevino was awarded the Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of 1971. He also won Sports Illustrated magazine’s “Sportsman of the Year” and was named ABC’s Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

In 1972 at Muirfield in Scotland, Trevino became the first player to successfully defend The Open Championship since Palmer in 1962. In a remarkable third round at Muirfield, Trevino had five-consecutive birdies from the 14th through the 18th, holing a bunker shot on the 16th and sinking a 30–foot chip on the 18th for a round of 66. In the final round, Trevino was tied for the lead on the 17th tee with Tony Jacklin. Trevino chipped in from the rough on the back of the green for a par on the 17th. A shaken Jacklin three-putted the same hole from 15 feet for a bogey. Trevino parred the 18th hole for a final round of 71, winning him the Open by a stroke over Nicklaus, with Jacklin finishing third. Trevino holed out four times from off the greens during the tournament. Nicklaus had won the first two majors of the year and fell just short in the third leg of the grand slam. After holing his chip shot on the 17th in the final round, Trevino said: “I’m the greatest chipper in the world.”

In the PGA Championship in 1974, Trevino won the fifth of his six major championships. He won the title by a stroke, again over Nicklaus, the fourth and final time he was a runner-up in a major to Trevino.

About the Tournament
The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

10 a.m. Trevino available to speak with media

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

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Field Announced for the 41st Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic October 22, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – The field is set and the Sun Bowl Association has announced that there are 21 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers making their way to the Sun City to play in the 41st edition of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that runs Nov. 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club.

There are 11 All-Americans playing in this year’s tournament ranked amongst the top 100 amateur golfers, according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Among the top-ranked players are the following: Texas junior Beau Hossler (No. 7), Texas sophomore Scottie Scheffler (No. 15), Vanderbilt junior Matthias Schwab (No. 17) and Louisville senior Robin Sciot-Siegrist (No. 24).

The 2015 field of All-Americans also includes the Division II National Player of the Year, Santiago Gomez of Nova Southeastern, 2014-15 ACC Freshman of the Year Claudio Correa, 2014-15 PING All-Central honoree Blair Hamilton of Houston and the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, Adrian Meronk of East Tennessee State. UNLV’s John Oda, who was the recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar Athlete Award and a 2015 PING All-West Region honoree, will also be a part of the field this year.

USC junior Rico Hoey, who finished in a tie for second place during last year’s Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic, is returning for another chance at the Lee Trevino Trophy.

“Western is proud to again team with the Sun Bowl Association to welcome the most college golf’s most elite players in the country to El Paso,” said Jeff Stevens, President and CEO of Western Refining. “For over 40 years, this tournament has showcased the best college golfers to our city. The alumni of this tournament are now the legends of the PGA Tour and this week El Pasoans will have the chance to see the future legends of golf perform at El Paso Country Club.”

Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who have gone on to have successful PGA careers.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Field

Claudio Correa – South Florida
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Appeared in all 37 rounds for USF as a freshman, averaging 71.7 strokes per round to earn the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award, as well as All-Conference honors and PING All-Region honors… shot par or better 20 times, including three rounds during the NCAA Championships stroke play, and logged six top 10 finishes in 2015… finished sixth in the individual NCAA Championship leading USF into match-play with a best-ever top eight finish as a team… won the 2015 Gator Invite, carding a 54-hole total of 205 (-5), and finished in the top 10 six different times… posted a 10-stroke victory in the 2015 Mexican Amateur Championship at the Yucatan Country Club in Merida, Mexico shooting a 5-under par, 283 … earned an automatic exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Riley Davenport – Charlotte
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2015 All-American Honorable Mention… in 2015, Played 12 tournaments covering 35 rounds that includes setting a new school-record for best finish at the NCAA Championship tying for eighth in the 156-player field… shot three-consecutive rounds of 71 at the 2015 Bayou City Collegiate to register his second-best finishes of 213 and tie for seventh out of 87 other golfers… his 68 at the 2015 Gary Koch Invitational started his best 54-hole tournament finish in his career adding up to 212 (68-72-72) while he tied for fifth out of 81 competitors… played in eight events during 2014 posting best finish at the 2014 Tiger Invitational in March finishing tied for 12th with an even-par tournament of 216 (74-72-70)… his five-over 221 was tied for 31st and earned him Rookie of the Week (Feb. 27) at the 2013 Bayou City Collegiate Championships.

Rigel Fernandes – South Florida
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
In 2015, Finished in the top 25 a team-high 10 times, and recorded a top-10 finish four times … tied for the individual title at the 2015 Irish Creek Collegiate, shooting 208 (-8) over three rounds… helped USF to a first place finish at the 2015 Yale Golf Course… named a 2015 PING All-Region member, and was one of five All-American Athletic Conference honorees from USF… in 2014, became just the fifth golfer in USF history to shoot less than 1.15 strokes above par… finished in third at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting 213 (-3)… As a high-schooler in 2013, earned AJGA All-American honorable mention in 2013.

Santiago Gomez – Nova Southeastern
Senior – Division II National Player of the Year
Earned multiple postseason awards in 2015, after a season in which he finished as the No. 1-ranked golfer in all of Division II and earned the highest individual honor in the NCAA as the Jack Nicklaus Award winner… earned First Team PING All-American honors, by the GCAA, was NCAA All-South Region, and was named Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year as well as First Team All-SSC… finished second at the 2015 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional… his birdie putt on the 54th hole of match play earned the clinching point, giving the Sharks a 3-2 win and the 2015 NCAA National Championship… finished the 2014 Spring season ranked No. 3 in all of D II, while being named a PING D II second-team All-American.

Ben Griffin – North Carolina
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
A 2015 honorable mention PING All-America, Carolina’s first player to win any All-America honors since 2008… 2015 PING all-region selection… academic All-ACC selection and earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2015… ranked 46th in the World Amateur Rankings (as of Aug. 16, 2015)… competed in the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club… qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing T2 at the sectional qualifier in Southern Pines… quarterfinalist at the 2015 North and South Amateur… 2013 AJGA Rolex first-team team All-America… 2014 AJGA Rolex second-team All-America… won 2013 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions… won the 2011 U.S. Kids Golf – Teen World Championship… two-time Wyndham Cup East Team participant in 2013 and 2014.

Blair Hamilton – Houston
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2015 U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier… 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship Participant (Round of 32)… 2014-15 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014-15 PING All-Central Region Team… 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional Co-Champion… 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference Team… 2015 Border Olympics Individual Champion… American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week (March 19, 2015)… 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2013-14 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished tied for first at the 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional… qualified for the final round of the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Rico Hoey – USC
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American
Two-time GCAA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team performer… finished in second place at the 2015 Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), tied for second at the 2014 Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and third at the 2015 Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74)… tied for fourth at the 2015 NCAA Bremerton Regional at 8-under 208 (69-69-70), tied for fifth at the 2015 Amer Ari Invitational at 12-under 204 (66-66-72) and was fourth at the 2015 Jones Invitational at 3-under 213 (70-72-71)… tied for 43rd at the 2015 NCAA Championships, providing two counter rounds to help USC qualify for the match play playoff… 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Beau Hossler – Texas
Junior – First Team All-American
2015 PING All-America… 2015 All-Nicklaus Team… 2015 U.S. Open qualifier… 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 Walker Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 SGA National Am of the Month – March… 2015 Ben Hogan Award Watch List… 2014 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2014 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection.. member of 2014 Big Championship squad… earned medalist honors at 2015 Johnny Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American… 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2012-2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… finished T-19 at the 2015 Mason Rudolph and a career-best T-9 at the 2015 SEC Championship… Carded a four-round score of 288 (71-74-71-72) at the 2015 NCAA Championship to finish in a tie for 11th, which garnered him honorable mention All-American status… was Vanderbilt’s top finisher at the 2013 NCAA Tempe Regional as a freshman… in 2014, participated in The Players Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Atlanta.

Brandon Matthews – Temple
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Carded a one-under par 70 on the final day of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships to tie for fourth-place with a one-under 213… selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Golf Championship and entered with a 71.5 average … tied for 38th overall at the NCAA Raleigh Regional carding a six-over 77… shot a one-over 73 to tie for 70th overall at the 2014 U.S. Amateur before missing the quarterfinals by one stroke… won the 2013 Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 109th Open by carding a two-under 140… tied for second at 2013 PA Amateur Cup… advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur… named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team… honored as 2013 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.

Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State
Senior – Third Team All-American
In 2015, became the first Polish player to appear in the Palmer Cup… received 2014 All-American honors from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team… named 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month (April)… named to the 2015 SoCon Academic Honor Roll… won the 2015 Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-23) and earned co-medalist honors two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7)… received second team All-Atlantic Sun and PING All-Regional honors in 2014… named second team All-Atlantic Sun and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team and received Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors in 2013.

Taylor Moore – Arkansas
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Earned co-medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Amateur… qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur as the top finisher at Texarkana Country Club… finished tied for 2nd at the 2015 SunTrust Gator Invitational… earned 6th place at the 2015 SEC Championships… ended the 2014 season ranked No. 75 by Golf week, No. 85 by Golfstat and No. 115 in the GolfstatCup… garnered SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll honors in 2014… named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013… earned a spot on the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

John Oda – UNLV
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American
Recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award and member of the Academic All-MW team… also made the 2015 Dean’s Honor List… named honorable mention All-America and selected to the 2015 PING All-West Region team… was the 2015 MW Freshman of the Year and also earned All-MW honors… named the 2015 Earl E. Wilson Most Valuable Player, which is given annually to the top player on the UNLV squad… during the summer of 2015, he played in the USGA Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship and he was selected to represent the USGA at Carnoustie in Scotland at The (British) Amateur Championship… he tied for 10th at the Sahalee Players Championship and made the round of 36 at The Amateur Championship.

Brandon Pierce – LSU
Junior – Honorable All-American
The top-ranked player and leading scorer for an LSU team that swept SEC and NCAA team championships during a historic 2014-15 season… one of the NCAA’s Top 30 players in the final season rankings for both Golfstat (23) and Golfweek (28) released following the NCAA Championships in 2015… an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career as a third-team selection by Golfweek and honorable-mention selection by the Golf Coaches Association of America… also a 2015 PING All-Southeast Region performer for the first time… was a 2015 second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s head coaches on the strength of his outstanding sophomore season… named the 2015 Louisiana Collegiate Player of the Year and a first-team All-Louisiana performer as the top player in the state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Max Rotfluff – Arizona State
Senior – First Team All-American
In 2014-15 has recorded nine top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments, including first-place finishes at the Alister MacKenzie Invite and the Arizona Intercollegiate… shot a career-low 63 in the second round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational… earned GCAA first-team All-American honors and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors… recorded three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Prestige at PGA West, in his sophomore season of 2013-14 and shot 72.16 in eight tournaments… finished junior year (2014-15) with a 3.49 GPA in marketing, and is on pace to earn his marketing degree in May of 2015 … earned Dean’s List in the spring of 2015.

Scottie Scheffler – Texas
Sophomore – Second Team All-American
2015 Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year… 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2015 PING All-America Second Team… 2015 All-Freshmen Team… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… SGA National Amateur of the Month (April)… 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished his junior career ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings after totaling three years of Rolex Junior All-America honors… currently 34th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt
Junior – Third Team All-American
2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Third-Team All-American…2015 All-SEC First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup European Team… 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team… finished in a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championship… advanced match play and the round of 16 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur in Chicago.

Robin Scoit-Siegrist
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
Earned 2015 ACC Co-Championship with -11 under par performance… finished tied for fourth as an individual at the 2015 NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Fla… named honorable mention All-American by PING in 2015… Named a 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar… took home the title at the 2014 Classic du Prieure at 69-65-66=200 and the Grand Prix de Saint Nom with a 67-68-68=203… tied for fifth at the 2014 European Championship… tied for seventh at the 2014 NCAA Regional by shooting a 215.

Zach Seabolt – Winthrop
Junior – Third Team All-American
Is ranked No. 8 in the country by Golfstat following the 2014 fall season… is No. 9 in the Palmer Cup point standings following the 2014 fall season… played in four tournaments and 12 rounds during 2014 fall season… captured two tournament titles at the Northern Intercollegiate with a 4-under 212 and the Rees Jones Intercollegiate with an 8-under 208… was selected to participate in The Patriot All-America tournament on Dec. 29-31 at the Wigwam Arizona Gold course to honor fallen service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and finished tied for 10th … Earned At-large selection to the 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional where he tied for 20th place at 3-over par 216… was voted 2014 Big South All-Conference Team… earned the 2014 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year award.

Zach Wright – LSU
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American
2015 PING Honorable Mention All-American… 2015 second-team All-SEC… 2015 PING All-Southeast Region… 2015 SEC Community Service Team… 2014 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… 2013 Louisiana Classics Champion… 2012 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… one of two Tigers to post a perfect 3-0 record in match play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida… joined senior All-American Ben Taylor in winning all three matches to lead the Tigers to their fifth national championship in program history and their first in 60 years since 1955… ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in match play at the NCAA Championships in back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015… scored LSU’s second point in a 4-1 win over the No. 5-seeded USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match with his 3-and-2 victory over Sean Crocker en route to the national championship.

Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest
Sophomore – Third Team All-American
Tied for 21st at the 2015 Carpet Capital Collegiate, shooting a 1-under 215 with scores of 73-72-71 in his first collegiate event…followed up his first collegiate tournament with a 12th-place finish at the Primland Collegiate Invitational, shooting an 8-under 208 and helping Wake Forest to a team victory in the tournament… won his first college tournament at the 2015 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, shooting 10-under par over two rounds and leading Wake Forest to a second-consecutive team tournament win… finished 19th overall at the 2015 US Collegiate Championship, shooting a 1-under 215 on the tournament and helping Wake Forest to a fourth-place team finish… earned a top five finish at the 2015 Querencia Cabo Collegiate with a 6-under 207 for the tournament.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

All events listed above will be held at the El Paso Country Club and are free and open to the public.

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Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Set for Nov. 6-8 October 1, 2015

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EL PASO, Texas – The 2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will be held November 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club, where the best college golfers in the country will look to etch their name onto the tournament’s illustrious history.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

Editor’s Note: *Another release will be sent out when the tournament field is finalized.