Frequently Asked Questions
What are the dates and format?
The championship takes place every year between Christmas and New Year, December 27 – December 31.
Who will be invited to participate?
The field is limited to 84 male players. The GCAA will send invitations to those who have earned current year PING All-America honors in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, invitations will be extended to a member of the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies, GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Palmer Cup Teams, American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.
Are caddies permitted?
Contestants may carry their own bag or employ a caddie. If a player brings his own caddie, the caddie will be charged the guest room rate at The Wigwam.
What prizes will be awarded to the winner?
All entrants shall receive a commemorative token and tournament gifts. The winner will receive an authentic leather Air Force jacket. The top five players will receive a commemorative F-35 replica and an flight suit. As well as an exemption into the Web.com’s Wichita Open held annually in June.
What about the Am/Am event?
An AM/AM event is scheduled immediately following the Opening Ceremonies (see current year schedule for exact date). Participation from players will be accepted on a first-come basis. The collegian will play his own ball for the entire round. There will be an AM/AM dinner following the round.
Those players not participating in the Am/Am may play a practice round.
Additional details and sign-up will be posted on the Patriot All-America website when they become available.
Is there a chairman of the Patriot All-America?
The Honorary Chairman is Jerry Colangelo, owner of the Wigwam Resort, former owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team and current Chairman of USA Basketball Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Men’s National Team.
How was the Wigwam selected as the host site?
A new ownership group, JDM Partners, purchased The Wigwam in December 2009 and began extensive renovations to the hotel and golf courses. The Gold Course (a Robert Trent Jones original design) was once among the top 100 golf courses in America. The ownership, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo, felt that a partnership with the AGA in this event would be good for The Wigwam and the surrounding community.
What is the connection with Folds of Honor?
The Golf Coaches Association of America and Folds of Honor founder Major Dan Rooney have a strong relationship. The Arizona Golf Association has a commitment to military charities and Folds of Honor provides scholarships and other assistance to families of fallen or disabled soldiers.
What is the role of Folds of Honor?
Folds of Honor will identify a fallen soldier from each invited player’s home or school to be honored during the event. The player will carry a golf bag donated by PING embroidered with the soldier’s name. The golf bags will be presented to the players by the Event Chairman during the opening ceremonies. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags will be sent to the players’ schools where they will be auctioned off to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.
What is the entry fee and what does it include?
Entry fees may be paid by check or credit card. Registration and entry fee payment information will be available on the website upon acceptance of tournament invitation.
Entry includes: tournament fee; room (double occupancy) for the week (12/26 arrival, departure by 12/31); all meals and player functions; shuttle for player to and from the airport.
Please check the website for information updates and schedules.
All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner beginning on Sunday, December 27 through the Awards Ceremony on Thursday, December 31 will be provided as part of the entry fee.
Besides golf, what else will be happening throughout the week?
Optional activities will be scheduled throughout the week. View the itinerary under Event Info for more information.
Who should I contact for additional information?
For additional information about the event, contact Ed Gowan at the Arizona Golf Association at 602-944-3035 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom O’Malley at JDM Partners 602-244-2307.