University of Oklahoma junior Quade Cummins is 4-under par and tied for third, one shot behind the co-leaders entering the final round of the Patriot All-America Invitational at Wigwam Golf Club in Scottsdale. Cummins shot rounds of even-par 70 followed by a second-round of 4-under 66.
Isaiah Jackson of Memphis and Alex Scott of Grand Valley State are tied at 5-under through 36 holes. An elite field of 84 collegians began play on Saturday.
Zach James of Southeastern Oklahoma State University is tied for eighth at 1-under after rounds of 70-69. Defending champion Mason Overstreet of the University of Arkansas and a native of Kingfisher led the field with an opening-round 67 but dropped into a tie for 12th after a second-round 73 left him at even-par 140.
Garett Reband of OU is tied for 17th at 1-over (73-68), Ferdinand Mueller of Oklahoma State is tied for 34th at 4-over (72-72) and Michael Biata of Oral Roberts and Owasso is tied for 77th at 14 over (81-73). Tyson Reeder of the University of Arkansas and Edmond withdrew after an opening round 76.
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 Owasso-based 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.