Lorenz, Cowan, Roller notch top-20 finishes in the prestigious Patriot All-American

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Three players with Oklahoma ties finished in the top 20 on the men’s side as the 54-hole Patriot All-American concluded Sunday at the Wigwam Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The University of Oklahoma’s Ben Lorenz tied for third with three others at 7-under par, five shots behind winner Ian Gilligan of the University of Florida. Ryder Cowan of Edmond and OU tied for 12th at 4-under after rounds of 69-66-71. James Roller of Tulsa and Kansas State tied for 18th at 3-under (70-68-68).

Also OU’s Stephen Campbell Jr. tied for 25th at 2-under, OU’s Matthew Troutman tied for 40th at 1-over and Jordan Wilson of Oklahoma State and Edmond tied for 46th at 2-over. Wilson opened with a 77 and was in last place but closed with the tournament’s best round, an 8-under 62.

In the women’s division, Jenni Roller of Tulsa and the University of Tulsa led four players with state ties, shooting rounds of 74-70-70 to finish tied for 29th at 4-over. TU teammates Allyn Stephens and Grace Kilcrease tied for 32nd at 5-over and Maddi Kamas of Oklahoma City University and Kingfisher finished 59th at 19-over.

In the sister The Thunderbolt tournament held at Sterling Grove Country Club in Surprise, Oklahoma’s Henry Connor tied for seventh at 9-under. Ben Stoller of Owasso and Kansas State tied for 51st at 3-over, while Quinn Robertson of Oklahoma Christian tied for 66th at 15-over. Brigham Young freshman Cooper Jones went wire-to-wire to win the event, firing rounds of -6 (66), -6 (66) and -4 (68) for a -16 overall (200).

The Patriot All-America Invitational features PING All-Americans from the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA; as well as 2022 First Team All-America Seniors from the AJGA and other special invitees. The 54-hole amateur event is known as the first of its kind to combine the talents of 150 nationally recognized men and women golfers simultaneously at one tournament.

Conducted in a partnership with the GCAA, WGCA, the West Valley Mavericks, The Patriot All-America LLC and the Arizona Golf Association, The Patriot All-America honors fallen or severely wounded soldiers and first responders in collaboration with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The golfers receive a golf bag provided by PING Corporation at the event’s opening ceremony emblazoned with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. Participants also receive a card with the soldier’s story so they can become familiar with that soldier. The golf bags are then sold by the players’ college or university with proceeds donated to Folds of Honor to support the families affected. Thunderbolt players will also represent Folds of Honor soldiers and First Responders with biographies on cards attached to their bags.

Named after the Air Force P-47 Thunderbolt, The Thunderbolt has been added to accommodate those players that met the initial eligibility but did not make it into The Patriot. The Thunderbolt consists of players who are ranked in the top 1000 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), are PING Second, Third and Honorable Mention All-Americans from Divisions II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA, or are AJGA Second Team and Honorable Mention All-Americans.

For all information on The Patriot All-America and The Thunderbolt, including history and future sponsorship opportunities, visit patriotallamerica.com.


 

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