Caolan Rafferty of Ireland and Defending Champion Mason Overstreet Lead Impressive 2018 Patriot All-America Invitational Field

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by Wigwam Golf | No Comments

PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 17, 2018) – Caolan Rafferty of Ireland and defending tournament champion Mason Overstreet 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.

 

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.comTour’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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