Overstreet set to defend title in Patriot All-America Invitational

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 18, 2018) – Caolan Rafferty of Ireland and defending tournament champion Mason Overstreet of Kingfisher lead an impressive field of top collegiate golfers who will play in the 2018 Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers. The tournament, considered one of the elite amateur golf events in the country, will be played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 29-31.

Rafferty, a sophomore at Maynooth University in Kildare, Ireland, and Overstreet, the 2017 Patriot All-America Invitational champion and a junior at Arkansas, lead a field of 84 PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from U.S. Military Academies and universities outside the United States. Golfers will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play competition on The Wigwam’s famed Gold Course. Competitive rounds for the 2018 Patriot All-America will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 PM on New Year’s Eve.

What separates the Patriot All-America from other collegiate golf tournaments is participants play for more than themselves or their school. Each golfer honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a golf bag bearing the name of that soldier. Before the tournament, participants receive a card with the soldier’s story, so they can be familiar with who that person was, what they represented and how they were killed or wounded in action. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags are shipped to players’ schools and auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while in active service.

According to the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, Rafferty (50) is the highest ranked player in the field, with Austin Eckroat from Oklahoma State (61), Overstreet (63), and Noah Goodwin from SMU (67) the other top 70 players to commit. The Men’s World Amateur Golf Ranking system ranks the top male amateur golfers in the world on the basis of their average performance in counting events over a rolling cycle of the previous 104 weeks.

Cindy McCain, widow of United States Senator John McCain, businesswoman and philanthropist, will speak at the opening ceremony Dec. 28. Also speaking at the Opening Ceremony will be Folds of Honor Senior Vice President Major Ed Pulido; Luke Air Force Base 56th Fighter Wing Commander, General Todd Canterbury; 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open Assistant Tournament Chairman, Major Tim Woods; and West Valley Maverick’s President Wade Accomazzo. The Opening Ceremony will be emceed by legendary Valley sportscaster Jeff Munn and will feature the presentation of colors by the Luke Air Force Base Joint Color Guard, the National Anthem performed by U.S. Navy Retired Petty Officer First Class Steven Powell, a United States Air Force F-35 flyover and a United States Air Force Wings of Blue parachute descent.

Collegiate golfers currently committed to play in the 2018 Patriot All-America Invitational – with World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) – include:

Name Institution WAGR SPWAR

Mason Andersen Arizona State 581 239

Jacob Arnett Oglethorpe University 2133 4089

Michael Biata Oral Roberts NR NR

Devon Bling UCLA 99 73

Peyton Callens Texas A & M 1564 3408

Frankie Capan University of Alabama 299 375

Sam Choi University of New Mexico 463 728

Quade Cummins University of Oklahoma 78 18

Reid Davenport Vanderbilt University 706 1928

Alec Dutkowski Taylor University 615 1072

Austin Eckroat Oklahoma State 61 24

Hunter Eichhorn Marquette University 235 203

Riley Elmes Loyola Marymount University 217 105

Clay Feagler Pepperdine University 133 63

Michael Feagles University of Illinois 264 188

Robert Foley University of Stirling 464 492

Ryan Gerard UNC – Chapel Hill 316 150

Joshua Gibson Hope College 2005 480

Noah Gillard University of Illinois 1001 2140

Emilio Gonzales St. Mary’s University 550 816

Noah Goodwin SMU 67 149

Ryan Gronlund University of Oregon 199 226

Jordan Hahn Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison 211 204

Ryan Hall South Carolina 330 761

Austin Hardman Ottawa University AZ 2720 1906

Joe Highsmith Pepperdine University 253 502

Derek Hitchner Pepperdine University 737 1126

Noah Hofman Ottawa University AZ 5930 1470

Jack Ireland UCLA 761 696

Isaiah Jackson University of Memphis 894 473

Zach James SE Oklahoma State Univ. 860 546

Mark Johnson College of Coastal Georgia 645 543

Peter Kerr University of St. Andrews 1743 2184

Ryan Knop Auburn University 137 233

Newport Laparojkit San Diego State 917 1159

David Laskin University of Arizona 328 158

Wonjun Lee Arizona State 194 219

Rasmus Lind University of Toledo 1710 2678

Jake Maples Georgia Southern 1624 3146

Joshua McCarthy Pepperdine University 123 34

Ferdinand Mueller Oklahoma State University 149 645

Sean Mullan S. Illinois Univ. – Carbondale 3856 NR

Ronan Mullarney Maynooth University (Ireland) 241 197

Matthew Myers University of St. Andrews 1393 1222

Noah Norton Georgia Tech 110 195

Kaito Onishi Univ. Southern California 236 157

Matt Organisak Emory University 1222 855

Charles Osborne SMU 360 875

Cade Osgood Southwestern University 2092 1215

AJ Ott Colorado State University 275 332

Mason Overstreet University of Arkansas 63 37

Griffin Peters US Naval Academy 2426 NR

Ashton Poole Virginia 347 250

Caolan Rafferty Maynooth University (Ireland) 50 84

Garrett Reband University of Oklahoma 171 163

Tyson Reeder University of Arkansas 1036 597

Michael Salazar Grand Canyon University 603 716

Julien Sale Arkansas State 668 350

Alex Schaake University of Iowa 231 107

Alex Scott Grand Valley St U 1086 206

Stephen Shephard Huntingdon College 1525 2022

Davis Shore University of Alabama 189 60

Cameron Sisk Arizona State 242 462

Brandon Smith Texas A & M 142 32

James Song Berkeley 170 607

Spencer Soosman University of Texas 336 85

Hayden Springer TCU 208 90

Jake Staiano Colorado State 458 331

Jackson Suber University of Mississippi 135 284

Elis Svard California State University 455 1012

Tate Tatom Air Force Academy NR NR

Trey Tobias Univ. North Carolina Charlotte 3987 2787

Tyler Uhlig Univ. Texas Tyler 1346 3254

Thomas Walsh University of Virginia 82 52

Jackson Wedgeworth University of North Alabama 3647 1008

Cecil Wegener Ole Miss 312 397

Tim Widing University of San Francisco 183 190

Brice Wilkinson Mississippi Gulf Coast CC NR 1103

Justin Williamson United States Military Academy 3701 6304

Rob Wuethrich Illinois Wesleyan University 2923 2378

Hidetoshi Yoshihara UCLA 163 116

Nolan Zikas Concordia-Nebraska NR NR

The Patriot All-America is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, JDM Partners, The West Valley Mavericks and the Golf Coaches Association of America in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, volunteer at and support the event.

Patriot All-America alumni now playing on the PGA TOUR, include three-time major winner Brooks Koepka (2011 Patriot participant); Justin Thomas (2011); Daniel Berger (2012); Bryson DeChambeau (2013); and Cameron Champ, the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational champion.

The winner of the Patriot All-America will receive a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Wichita Open played June 20 – 23 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. For more information on The Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers, visit www.patriotallamerica.com.

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