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Cummins Takes 2018 Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic

Quade Cummins finished 54 holes in a tie for first with Spencer Ralston and used a playoff hole to take home the Lee Trevino Trophy on Tuesday, November 20.

The Weatherford, Oklahoma native finished with a 13-under-par 200 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.

Cummins was in a tie for ninth entering the final round of play and shot a bogey free final round 62 to get into the playoff and then capped it off with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win.

Ralston, who is from Gainesville, Ga., started the day in third place and finished in second after the playoff.  Ralston played well consistently throughout the tournament carding rounds of 68-64-68.

This marks the first time since 2011 that there has been a playoff in the All-America Golf Classic, while it also marks the 14th tournament that the winner has been crowned after a playoff.

“I got it going on the back nine and saw the scoreboard around hole No. 14, and that is when I knew I had a chance if I could keep it going,” Cummins said. “I had two par saves on 13 and 14. I hit it in some really bad spots and got them up-and-down to keep my round going and it added up to a 62.”

Cummins shot 17 birdies and an eagle over three rounds of play.  He tied the record for the best individual round with his final round of 62.

Cummins tied with Luke List (2006), Billy Horschel (2006), Webb Simpson (2007) and Gavin Green (2014). He broke the record for best final round, which was previously held by Jeremy Anderson (1998) and Sebastian Cappelen (2012).

Ralston’s 13-under tournament total eclipsed his previous best of 12-under set at the 2018 Linger Longer Invitational. He made a tournament-high 19 birdies during the tournament, including nine during his 7-under, which matched his personal best from two previous events.

Bryson Nimmer, of Bluffton, S.C., entered the final round in first but could not keep pace with Cummins, who marked a 10-under-par in on Tuesday.  Nimmer shot a 1-under-par 70 in the final round of play.

Final Results

  1. Quade Cummins: 72-66-62—200 (-13)
  2. Spencer Ralston: 68-64-68—200 (-13)
  3. Bryson Nimmer: 63-68-70—201 (-12)
  4. Brandon Smith: 71-67-64—202 (-11)
  5. Matthias Schmid: 64-67-73—204 (-9)

T6. Stephen Franken: 71-65-69—205 (-8)

T6. Will Gordon: 71-64-70—205 (-8)

  1. Austin Eckroat: 72-68-66—206 (-7)

T9. Walker Lee: 68-66-73—207 (-6)

T9. Chun An Yu: 68-68-71—207 (-6)

T9. Harry Hall: 68-68-71—207 (-6)

T12. Blaine Hale: 68-70-70—208 (-5)

T12. Garrett May: 69-69-70—208 (-5)

T14. Thomas Walsh: 70-69-70—209 (-4)

T14. Josh Martin: 71-71-67—209 (-4)

T14. Patrick Martin: 72-68-69—209 (-4)

  1. Mason Overstreet: 73-69-68—210 (-3)

T18. Turk Pettit: 74-68-69—211 (-2)

T18. Travis Trace: 71-70-70—211 (-2)

T18. Jackson Suber: 68-71-72—211 (-2)

  1. Alex Smalley: 74-68-70—212 (-1)
  2. John Augenstein: 71-69—213 (E)

T23. Chandler Eaton: 72-71-71—214 (+1)

T23. Phillip Knowles: 73-70-71—214 (+1)

  1. Peng Pichaikool: 71-74-70—215 (+2)
  2. Alex del Rey: 73-74-70—217 (+4)
  3. Austin Squires: 77-71-70—218 (+5)
  4. Brad Dalke: 78-74-76—228 (+15)
  5. Hayden Wood: 84-72-78—234 (+21)

Titleist Long Drive, PING Putting Contest Tee Off 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic

The 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic teed-off Sunday, November 18 with the Annual Titleist Long Drive and PING Putting competitions at the El Paso Country Club.

Louisville freshman Matthias Schmid hit the ball 331 yards down the fairway, into a breeze, to win the Titleist Long Drive Contest.  Schmid outdrove second place finisher, Mason Overstreet, a junior with Arkansas, by nine yards.

“It is always good to win a competition like this to build some confidence before a tournament,” Schmid said. “[We] played in our last tournament almost two weeks ago so I am looking forward to competing against these guys.”

Oklahoma junior Quade Cummins won the PING Putting Contest with a low round of 20 putts on a course that featured many obstacles, such as putting from a saddle.

The Weatherford, Ok. native finished two strokes ahead of Joshua Martin, a senior with North Carolina.  Three competitors finished in a

Putting contest during the Sun Bowl Marathon College -All-America Golf Classic, Sunday, November 18, 2018, in El Paso, TX. Photo by Ivan Pierre Aguirre/Sun Bowl Association

tie for third with 23 strokes.

“The putting contest was fun. I just tried to keep the ball in play,” said Cummins. “I am from a country town, so I’ve been on a saddle before.”

The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic continues at the El Paso Country Club with two rounds of golf set for Monday, Nov. 19 starting at 8 a.m. (MT). The final round is set for 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

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 All-America Golf Classic have combined to win 52 golf majors and have earned over $2.12 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.

2018 Schedule

Monday (Nov. 19)

  • 8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Tuesday (Nov. 20)

  • 8 a.m. Final Round

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

 

Titleist Long Drive Competition

  1. Matthias Schmid – Louisville – 331 yds.
  2. Mason Overstreet – Arkansas – 322 yds.
  3. Spencer Ralston – Georgia – 319 yds.

T4. Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt -318 yds.

T4. Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 318 yds.

  1. Peng Pichaikool -Mississippi State – 315 yds.

T7. Stephen Franken – NC State – 316 yds.

T7. Alex Smalley – Duke – 316 yds.

T9.  Brad Dalke – Oklahoma – 314 yds.

T9. Blaine Hale – Oklahoma – 314 yds.

T9. Hayden Wood – Oklahoma State – 314 yds.

T12. Alex del Rey – Arizona State – 312 yds.

T12. Chun An Yu – Arizona State – 312 yds.

  1. Travis Trace – North Florida -311 yds.
  2. Turk Pettit – Clemson – 309 yds.

T16. John Augenstein – Vanderbilt – 306 yds.

T16. Austin Eckroat – Oklahoma State – 306 yds.

T18.   Chandler Eaton – Duke – 305 yds.

T18.  Bryson Nimmer – Clemson – 305 yds.

T20.  Quade Cummins – Oklahoma – 301 yds.

T20. Harry Hall – UNLV – 301 yds.

T20. Walker Lee – Texas A&M – 301 yds.

  1. Austin Squires – Cincinnati – 300 yds.
  2. Jackson Suber – Ole Miss – 293 yds.
  3. Thomas Walsh – Virginia – 292 yds.

T26. Phillip Knowles – North Florida – no score

T26. Garrett May – Baylor – no score

T26. Joshua Martin – North Carolina – no score

T26. Brandon Smith – Duke – no score

 

PING Putting Competition

  1. Quade Cummins – Oklahoma – 20 strokes
  2. Joshua Martin – North Carolina – 22 strokes

T3. Chandler Eaton – Oklahoma State – 23 strokes

T3. Stephen Franken – NC State – 23 strokes

T3. Bryson Nimmer – Clemson – 23 strokes

T3. Alex Smalley – Duke – 23 strokes

T7. Harry Hall – UNLV – 24 strokes

T7. Austin Squires – Cincinnati – 24 strokes

T9. Alex del Rey – Arizona State – 26 strokes

T9. Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 26 strokes

T9. Mason Overstreet – Arkansas – 26 strokes

T9. Turk Pettit – Clemson – 26 strokes

T9. Brandon Smith – Texas A&M – 26 strokes

T9. Justin Suber – Ole Miss – 26 strokes

T9. Hayden Wood – Oklahoma State – 26 strokes

T9. Chun An Yu – Arizona State – 26 strokes

T17. Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 27 strokes

T17. Garrett May – Baylor – 27 strokes

T17. Peng Pichaikool – Mississippi State – 27 strokes

T17. Matthias Schmid – Louisville – 27 strokes

T17. Travis Trace – North Florida – 27 strokes

T17. Thomas Walsh – Virginia – 27 strokes

  1. Blaine Hale – Oklahoma – 28 strokes

T24. Brad Dalke – Oklahoma – 30 strokes

T24. Austin Eckroat – Oklahoma State – 30 strokes

T24. Spencer Ralston – Georgia – 30 strokes

  1. Walker Lee – Texas A&M – 36 strokes

T28. John Augenstein – Vanderbilt – no score

T28. Philip Knowles – North Florida – no score

Officials Announce Line Up for Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic

Fans don’t want to miss the opportunity to see future PGA Tour  players in action as the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is set for November 18-20 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 29 amateurs from around the country invading the Borderland.

“The golf committee continues to work tirelessly to bring some of the best amateur players in the country to El Paso,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This year is no different. We invite everyone to come out and watch the competition and even get autographs and pictures with future pros.”

Participants are from all around the country and the world and have accomplished some amazing achievements on the course.  They have achieved All-America status or have a high-amateur ranking.

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

Doug Ghim of Texas won last year’s All-America Golf Classic carding rounds of 67-64-64.

The Sun Bowl Marathon 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 1974.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Thomas, 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 52 major championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.

The annual event starts with the Titleist Long Drive Contest and PING Putting Contest on Sunday, November 18 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.

Rounds one and two are scheduled for Monday, November 19 with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. (MT) while the final round is set for 8 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, November 20.

The Lee Trevino Trophy will be presented to the winner immediately following Tuesday’s play.

 

2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic Participants

 

John Augenstein – Hometown: Owensboro, Ky. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Vanderbilt

  • 2018 All-SEC Second Team and 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection
  • 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 in 2017
  • Clinched the SEC Championship in 2017 after winning the deciding matches in the semifinals against Florida and the finals against Texas A&M
  • Career round of 63 came in second round of Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2017

 

Quade Cummins – Hometown: Weatherford, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oklahoma

  • Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection and All-Region pick by the GCAA after the 2017-18 season
  • Won the 2016 Oklahoma Amateur Championship
  • Finished third at The NCAA Norman Regional shooting his fifth 67 on the season. That was the seventh top 10 finish of his career.

 

Brad Dalke – Hometown: Norman, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma

  • Second-team Division I PING All-American after the 2017-18 season
  • Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
  • Sank championship-clinching putt at the 2017 NCAA Championships
  • Earned first collegiate win at the 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional
  • Competed in The 2017 Masters and 2017 U.S. Open
  • 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
  • Finished as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur

 

Alex del Rey – Hometown: Madrid, Spain – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State

  • Two-time Spanish National Champion (U16/18).
  • Posted four top-10 finishes and had a 70.89 stroke average in 12 tournaments and had 12 rounds in the 60s in sophomore season.
  • In 2017-18 he earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors after a solid sophomore season and then earned PING All-West Region honors.
  • An accomplished junior golfer on the Spanish circuit, he has been a member of the Spanish national team since the age of 14

 

Chandler Eaton – Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Duke

  • Named to PING All-East Team after averaging a 71.70 scoring average over 37 rounds, second best on the team
  • T-15 finish at the NCAA National Championship, giving him honorable mention All-America status
  • A PING All-East Region selection after the 2016-17 season and was also named to the All-ACC and All-ACC Academic teams that year
  • Tied for the team lead in rounds played (39) during the 2016-17 season and also garnered the team’s second-best scoring average with a 71.74 that year

 

Austin Eckroat – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: So. at Oklahoma State

  • Received honorable mention All-America recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America after the 2017-18 season
  • Finished at 218 and alone in 19th place at the NCAA Columbus Regional before posting a 1-over 289 total at the NCAA Championship to tie for 19th place. earned a 1-up victory over Alabama’s Davis Shore in the NCAA title match
  • Runner-up at the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur
  • Runner-up to teammate Hayden Wood at the 2018 Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship

 

Stephen Franken – Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at NC State

  • ACC Player of the Year and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
  • GCAA and Golfweek Second-Team All-American
  • All-ACC, ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic Team
  • Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and PING All-Region East Team selection
  • Finished season with stroke average of 70.56 in 36 rounds played … Season stroke average was second lowest in program history
  • In 12 tournaments during his junior year, Franken finished in the top-10 eight times, the top-five six times and won once

 

Will Gordon – Hometown: Davidson, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt

  • 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.89
  • Named GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and a GCAA All-America Scholar
  • Won medalist honors at the East Lake Cup in front of a national television audience on the Golf Channel with an even-par 72
  • 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and 2018 All-SEC First Team selection
  • 2017 Tom Cousins Award, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC Community Service Team
  • 2016 GCAA Freshman All-American, 2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2016 All-SEC Second Team and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team

 

Blaine Hale – Hometown: Dallas, Texas – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma

  • 2017-18 stroke average: 71.69
  • Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection after the 2017-18 season
  • All-Region selection by the GCAA
  • Finished fourth at The 2018 NCAA Norman Regional shooting a 54-hole score of 209 (-7)
  • 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
  • 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection

 

Harry Hall – Hometown: Hayle, England – Amateur Status: Sr. at UNLV

  • Named PING All-West Region after the 2017-18 season
  • Selected All-Mountain West for the third straight year
  • Named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar and also Academic All-MW for the third straight year
  • Was a member of the international team at the Arnold Palmer Cup
  • Finished first in Santa Rosa at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier and also finished first in Las Vegas at the U.S. Open Pre-Qualifier
  • Earned Dean’s List honors for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 and was named to the Academic All-MW team for the second straight year in 2017. He also earned the league’s Scholar-Athlete Award that year

 

Philip Knowles – Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida

  • PING All-American, honorable mention in 2018 and the North Florida Male Athlete of the Year during the same year
  • PING All-Southeast Region and All-ASUN First Team in 2017 and 2018
  • ASUN All-Freshman team in 2016
  • ASUN All-Academic in 2018 and ASUN Academic Honor Roll for three consecutive years (2017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16)

 

Walker Lee – Hometown: Houston, Texas – Amateur Status: So. at Texas A&M

  • 2017-18 stroke average: 73.03
  • Tied atop the player leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational (211,-5) to earn his first career victory and was named SEC Freshman of the Week following his win at the Aggie Invite
  • Finished tied for 32nd at the NCAA Bryan Regional and posted a tie for 41st at the NCAA Championship to help that Aggies advance to match play
  • Before arriving at Texas A&M, Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings regarded Lee as the No. 2 player in the state of Texas as well as the No. 18 player nationally

 

Joshua Martin – Hometown: Pinehurst, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Carolina

  • Has played in 18 tournaments with a stroke average of 73.55 over 51 rounds during his time at North Carolina
  • Semifinalist at the 2016 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship (was No. 1 seed after two rounds of stroke play)
  • The No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina and No. 14 in the nation by Golfweek in 2015
  • AJGA Rolex All-America selection in 2010 and 2012 • The 2014 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year by the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association
  • Won the 2014 North Carolina Amateur with rounds of 67-65-71-67 becoming the youngest champion in event’s history

 

Patrick Martin – Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt

  • Averaged 71.37 strokes per round as a junior
  • 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American, GCAA All-America Scholar and 2018 All-SEC Second Team
  • 2017 Nicklaus Award Finalist, 2017 GCAA First Team All-American, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 All-SEC First Team
  • • 2016 All-SEC Second Team, 2016 Tom Cousins Award Winner, SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team
  • Led Vanderbilt with 70.34 stroke average in 2016-17, the second-lowest in program history.
  • 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

 

Garrett May – Hometown: Hope, Ark. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Baylor

  • 2016-17 stroke average: 71.24
  • Earned 2018 Golfweek All-America third team honors and honorable mention All-America from GCAA
  • Two-time PING All-Central Region selection (2017, 2018)
  • Two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, picking up second team honors in 2017 and first team recognition in 2018
  • Earned 2018 GCAA All-America Scholar recognition and five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.

 

Bryson Nimmer – Hometown: Bluffton, S.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Clemson

  • Three-time first-team All-ACC selection and two-time All-ACC Academic team
  • Three-time All-District by Coaches Association and honorable mention All-American by Coaches Association as a sophomore and second-team All-American as a junior
  • Ranks third in Clemson history in career stroke average with a 71,58 figure (min of 50 rounds
  • Has three top eight finishes at the ACC Tournament… won ACC Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2015-16, he was just the third Clemson player to win the award

 

Mason Overstreet – Hometown: Kingfisher, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arkansas

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.52
  • PING All-Region Team and SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
  • Earned his first collegiate win as he was co-medalist at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with rounds of 65-65-70 for a career-best 10-under par 200
  • Reached the round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Amateur
  • As a freshman was the NCAA Championship runner-up and a PING All-America honorable mention

 

Turk Pettit – Hometown: Auburn, Ala. – Amateur Status: So. at Clemson

  • 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.97
  • First-team All-ACC as a true freshman and was an honorable mention All-American
  • Finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek and 65 by Golfstat in the final rankings
  • Had second round 65 at NCAA Regional to tie Clemson record for low score at any NCAA Tournament in history
  • Two-time State Champion in Alabama, also won Alabama Amateur in 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017

 

Peng Pichaikool – Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand – Amateur Status: Jr. at Mississippi State

  • 2017-18 Scoring Average: 71.75
  • Placed in the Top 5 twice and in the top 10 three times
  • In December of 2017, he shot 9-under at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, an Asian Development Tour (pro) event in Thailand, to a tie for 12th, the best finish by an amateur
  • In January 2018, he competed against some of the best collegiate talent at the Jones Cup, where he placed fifth
  • Tied for 30th and took a share of the best amateur finish at another Asian Tour event, the Thailand Open, in June.
  • He was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team after the 2016-17 season and named to the GCAA Ping All-Region Team that year

 

Spencer Ralston – Hometown: Gainesville, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Ga.

  • 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.86
  • Chosen as an Honorable Mention All-American by PING and the GCAA
  • Named Second-Team All-SEC by the league’s coaches
  • Named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America
  • Named to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team after the 2016-17 season
  • Won the Tommy Aaron Award as Gainesville’s Player of the Year four times, was named All-State four times and named 5A Player of the Year three times

 

Matthias Schmid – Hometown: Maxhvette, Germany – Amateur Status: Fr. at Louisville

  • 2016-17 Stroke Average: 71.72
  • Selected as a PING all-region honoree
  • Became a member of the Germany junior team with a second-place finish at the Belgium U18 and a win at the Evolve
  • Won the Bavarian champion in 2017, shooting a career-low 199 and 17-under par

 

Alex Smalley – Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Duke

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.78 (program record)
  • 2017-18 PING All-East team and All-ACC honors
  • Set program records in the categories of most birdies made in a season (152) and rounds at par or better (25)
  • 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

 

Brandon Smith – Hometown: Frisco, Texas – Amateur Status: Jr. at Texas A&M

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.84
  • PING All-America honorable mention selection
  • Was in the hunt for medalist honors throughout the NCAA Bryan Regional (206, -10) before ultimately finishing in a tie for second, one stroke of the lead
  • Stood out as the highest-placing Aggie during stroke play at the NCAA Championship (287, -1) where he finished tied for 11th to help A&M advance to match play
  • Qualified for the Texas Amateur Championship for four consecutive years before arriving at Texas A&M

 

Austin Squires – Hometown: Union, Ky. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Cincinnati

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.91
  • 2017 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year
  • 2017 & 2018 AAC First Team Honoree
  • 2017 NCAA Tournament Regional Individual Participant
  • 2017 & 2018 U.S. Amateur Qualifier, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2018
  • 2018 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar
  • Qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, California, advancing to the quarterfinals of match play, the deepest run by a Bearcat in the nation’s top amateur tournament in school history

 

Jackson Suber – Hometown: Tampa, Fla. – Amateur Status: Fr. at Ole Miss

  • High School Stroke Average: 71.0
  • Two-time State individual runner-up
  • In 2016, was named Tampa Bay Hillsborough Player of the Year, Spectrum Sports Player of the Year, and H.B. Plant’s Player of the Year
  • Had a third-place finish in the Florida Amateur, a top-20 in the USJR Championship and Florida Boys Jr. Amateur
  • Named to 2018 Wyndham Cup Team

 

Travis Trace – Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 72.66
  • 2018 PING All-American, honorable mention and PING All-Southeast Region, 2nd team
  • 2018 All-ASUN, 2nd tea
  • 2017 ASUN All-Tournament and 2017-18 ASUN Academic Honor Roll (2017-18)
  • Became first UNF player to qualify for NCAA DI Championship as an individual in May of 2018

 

Thomas Walsh – Hometown: High Point, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Virginia

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.71
  • PING third team All-America
  • Finished the 2017-18 season 39th in final Golfstat ranking and No. 65 by Golfweek
  • 2018 ACC individual champion
  • Was 12th at the 2018 NCAA Regional
  • Named an honorable mention All-American by PING/GCAA after the 2016-17 season

 

Hayden Wood – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma State

  • Was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick
  • Tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Championship
  • Earned medalist honors at the 2017 U.S. Amateur
  • Earned honorable mention Rolex All-America honors in 2012
  • Helped Edmond North to four consecutive Oklahoma Class 6A state titles

 

Chun An Yu – Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State

  • 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.61
  • Won the 98th annual Western Junior title in the summer of 2015 as he rallied late and won in a sudden-death playoff and joined the likes of Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk on the Milt Woodard Champions Trophy.
  • Won the 2015 Junior Players Championship with a 5-under 67 and won the tournament by one stroke after trailing by six.
  • Finished second at the 2014 Callaway Junior Championship and finished third at the 2014 Asia games

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

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

  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)

  1. Dawson Armstrong: 66-69-68—203 (-10)
  2. 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)

  1. John Augenstein: 72-68-67—207 (-6)
  2. Shintaro Ban: 70-66-72—208 (-5)
  3. 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)

  1. Patrick Martin: 73-73-70—216 (+3)

T29. Bryson Nimmer: 71-75-71—217 (+4)

T29. Alex Smalley: 69-74-74—217 (+4)

Ventura Sweeps Titleist Long Drive, PING Putting Contests at Sun Bowl Andeavor All-America Golf Classic

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.

  1. John Augenstein – Vanderbilt – 289 yds.
  2. Dawson Armstrong – Lipscomb – 288 yds.
  3. Hurly Long – Texas Tech – 287 yds.
  4. Doc Redman – Clemson – 286 yds.
  5. 20. Lee Hodges – Alabama – 285 yds.
  6. Chandler Blanchet – Western Florida – 284 yds.
  7. Grant Hirschman – Oklahoma – 280 yds.
  8. Luis Gagne – LSU – 275 yds.

T24. Franklin Huang – Stanford – 272 yds.

T24. Chip McDaniel – Kentucky – 272 yds.

  1. Doug Ghim – Texas – 271 yds.
  2. Kristoffer Reitan – Texas – 269 yds.
  3. 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

  1. Franklin Huang – Stanford – 28 strokes

T29. Kyler Tate – UCF – 29 strokes

T29. Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 29 strokes

2017 Andeavor Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic Long Drive and Putting Contests Sunday; Play Starts Monday

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

Vista Hills Country Club to host Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge

The Sun Bowl Association and the Vista Hills Country Club are hosting the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11:00 a.m. (MT)

Fans from the 2015 Hyundai Sun Bowl teams (Miami and Washington State) will be pitted against each other in an 18-hole two-person scramble match play tournament. The event is also open to anyone who wants to play a fun round of golf.

“The Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge at Vista Hills Country Club is another opportunity to showcase El Paso to our visitors/guests and provides another sports venue for all Sun Bowl Fans,” tournament coordinator Bill Greenwald said.

Seventy-six players are currently signed-up to participate in this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Golf Challenge. Of the 76 participants, 20 are Miami fans and another 20 are Washington State fans.

Also, for the first time in the event’s history, professionals from several golf clubs are playing against each other in a Pro Division/Flight. The golf clubs represented will be Underwood Golf Complex, Horizon Golf Club, Lone Star Golf Club and Vista Hills Country Golf Club.

This will be the third-consecutive year that Vista Hills Country Club will host the Hyundai Sun Bowl Golf Challenge.

Anyone wanting to participate in this year’s fan golf challenge, should contact Bill Greenwald at (915)-443-5589.

The 82nd Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl is set for kickoff on Saturday, Dec. 26 at noon. Tickets are now available by calling (915)-533-4416 or on the web on www.sunbowl.org. Follow the Hyundai Sun Bowl in its social media platforms: Facebook (Hyundai Sun Bowl), Twitter (HyundaiSunBowl), Instagram (Hyundaisunbowl) and Snapchat (sunbowl2015)

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