Burrows, Eckroat, Reeder, Cummins among Oklahomans in The Patriot All-America Invitational

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 14, 2017) – Reigning NCAA Individual Golf Champion and the number two ranked amateur in the world, Braden Thornberry leads an impressive field of top collegiate golfers who will play in the 2017 Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers. The tournament, considered one of the top amateur golf events in the country, will be played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 27-31.

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 world will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play competition on The Wigwam’s famed Gold Course. Competitive rounds for the 2017 Patriot All-America will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 PM on New Year’s Eve.

Cody Burrows of Oral Roberts, Quade Cummins of Oklahoma, Austin Eckroat, Sam Stevens and Tyson Reeder of Oklahoma State and Alastair Snowden of Murray State will represent Oklahoma in the field.

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, Thornberry (ranked 2nd) of Ole Miss is the highest ranked player in the field, with Alejandro Tosti of the University of Florida (9th), Sahith Theegala of Pepperdine (47th), Cooper Dossey of Baylor (52nd) and Jin Cheng of USC (68th) 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.

Collegiate golfers currently committed to play in the 2017 Patriot All-America Invitational – with World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) – include:

Name                                                 Institution                        WAGR           SPWAR

Alligood, Andrew                             North Florida                                    211                       146

Andersen, Mason                            Arizona State                                    734                       377

Artac, Wes                                        Texas Tech                                        313                       636

Bauman, Brandon                           UC Santa Barbara                            456                       417

Bawden, Brad                                   Memphis                                           935                    1610

Biata, Michael                                  Oral Roberts                                     NR                         NR

Bradley, Cole                                    Purdue                                               1702                    3541

Burns, George                                  St. Andrews                                       760                       875

Burrows, Cody                                 Oral Roberts                                     280                       340

Chong, Justin                                    UNLV                                                  3025                 2361

Clark, James                                     Georgia Tech                                    294                       279

Cootes, Roy                                      Pepperdine                                        406                       291

Cummins, Quade                             Oklahoma                                         623                       622

Cunningham, George                      Arizona                                              278                      206

Dossey, Cooper                               Baylor                                                52                          94

Eaton, Chandler                Duke                                                   192                       130

Eckroat, Austin                                 Oklahoma State                114                       286

Eldridge, Thomas                             UNCW                                                233                     267

Feagler, Clay                                     Pepperdine                                        469                     503

Feagles, Michael                              Illinois                                                226                     300

Fishburn, Patrick                              BYU                                                    77                          33

Foley, Robert                                    Stlrling                                                718                       451

Fricke, Thomas                                 Navy                                                   NR                      NR

Garcia, Andre                                   New Mexico                                     289                       302

Gerard, Ryan                                    North Carolina                                 683                    2049

Gliege, Josh                                      Texas A&M                                       728                       653

Gresco, JJ                                          UNLV                                                  NR                    2598

Gronlund, Ryan                                Oregon                                              80                         192

Herrmann, Alex                                Georgia State                                   215                       150

Herrmann, Max                                Georgia State                                   676                     1728

Hodges, Lee                                      Alabama                                            136                       37

Hood, Jordan                                    Maynooth                                         816                       788

Jackson, Isaiah                                 Meridian                                            1617                  1013

Jin Cheng                                           Southern California                         68                         64

Kendrick, Ben                                   Univ of the Cumberlands               2378                 1728

Keur, R.J.                                           UAB                                                    183                       97

Knowles, Philip                                 North Florida                                    126                       51

Lampson, Trevor                             Grand Canyon                                  101                       900

Lee, SM                               Dalton State                                     292                       509

Lee, Walker                                      Texas A&M                                       554                       480

Lozano, Zander                                UTSA                                                  269                      287

May, Garrett                                     Baylor                                                229                       132

McCarthy, Joshua                            Pepperdine                                        421                      336

McCullough, Drew                          Wyoming                                           250                       207

Menon, Nate                                    Stanford                                            1632                    9363

Mullarney, Ronan                            Maynooth                                         401                       332

Myers, Matthew                              St. Andrews                                       1136                     551

Neale, Gordon                                 Florida                                                102                       113

Nolan, TJ                                           Grand Canyon                                  NR                     1670

Norton, Noah                                   Georgia Tech                                    85                          251

O’Neil, Conner                                 Illinois Wesleyan                              1893                   1752

Onishi, Kaito                                     Southern California                         335                     483

Organisak, Matt                Emory                                                4716                     1752

Overstreet, Mason                          Arkansas                                            122                       54

Paysse, Andrew                 Texas A&M                                       312                       204

Petefish, Chris                                  Georgia Tech                                    239                       114

Prater, Colin                                     UC-Colorado Springs                      396                      692

Rabil, David                                       Christopher Newport                      4029                2486

Ramsey, Reese                                 Texas A&M                                       385                       824

Ravetto, David                                 TCU                                                    478                       627

Reeder, Tyson                                  Oklahoma State                1767                     1252

Sakata, Dean                                    Army                                                   1994                   1386

Samiere PJ                                         San Diego State                               124                       72

Schniederjans, Luke                        Georgia Tech                                    121                       69

Seiple, Josh                                       Ole Miss                                             808                     585

Shephard, Stephen                          Huntingdon                                       5026               2486

Shepherd, Laird                 Stirling                                                382                       221

Snowdon, Alistair                            Murray State (OK)                            2914           1033
Solomon, Jacob                               Auburn                                               240                       185

Soosman, Spencer                           Texas                                                  459                       167

Squires, Austin                                  Cincinnati                                          325                     190

Staiano, Jake                                    Colorado State                                 309                       222

Stevens, Sam                                    Oklahoma State                190                       187

Sweeney, Kerry                                Ole Miss                                             662                      378

Tate, Kyler                                         UCF                                                     353                      210

Tatom, James Tate                         Air Force                                            NR                         NR

Theegala, Sahith                              Pepperdine                                        47                          17

Thornberry, Braden                         Ole Miss                                             2                            3

Tosti, Alejandro                               Florida                                                9                            21

Walker, Danny                                 Virginia                                              255                       166

Walsh, Thomas                                Virginia                                              218                       240

Williamson, Andrew                        Wayland Baptist               295                       570

York, Hunter                                     Southern Illinois                1588                     5000

Yoshihara, Hidetoshi                       UCLA                                                  191                     265


Now in its 7th year, the Patriot All-America Invitational is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. Current PGA TOUR stars who have played in The Patriot All-America Invitational during their college careers, include: 2017 US Open champion Brooks Koepka (2011), 2017 PGA Championship winner and FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas (2011), Patrick Rodgers (2011), Daniel Berger (2012) and Bryson DeChambeau (2013). 2016 Patriot All-America champion Cameron Champ recently turned professional and is now playing on the PGA TOUR.

Past Patriot All-America champions include: Cameron Champ from Texas A&M (2016), Braden Thornberry from the University of Mississippi (2015); Kyle Kochevar from the University of Virginia (2014), Kyle Westmoreland from the Air Force Academy (2013);  Sebastian Cappelen from the University of Arkansas (2012); and Cory Whitsett, from the University of Alabama (2011).

The winner of the 2017 Patriot All-America Invitational will receive a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s 2018 Air Capital Classic played June 21 – 24 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas.

For more information on The Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers, visitwww.patriotallamerica.com.


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