2016 Patriot All-America Invitational

Collegiate Golf Tournament
FACT SHEET

 

DATES:                                                 

Tournament Week – December 27-31, 2016
54-hole stroke-play competition – December 29, 30, 31
6th Annual Event – First played in 2011

LOCATION:

The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Gold Course – Par 72, 7,430 yards

 

THE PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA: The Patriot All-America is regarded for its top amateur field internationally, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States.  The Arizona Golf Association (AGA), JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) partner with the Folds of Honor Foundation to the tournament.

 

TOURNAMENT FIELD: 84 Players – Invitations to The Patriot All-America are primarily based on individuals earning PING All-America honors the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member from each of the nation’s military academies are invited as well as GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Arnold Palmer Cup Teams and AJGA All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.

 

2016 CHAMPION EXEMPTION: For the first time in tournament history, the winner of the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational will receive a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s 2017 Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas. The Web.com Tour’s 2017 Air Capital Classic will be played June 8-18 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. Two Patriot All-America alums have won the Air Capital Classic, including defending 2016 Air Capital Classic champion Ollie Schniederjans (2011 and 2012 Patriot participant) and 2014 Air Capital Classic champion Sebastian Cappelen (2011, 2012 and 2013 Patriot participant and 2012 Patriot champion). In fact, four of the top-10 finishers from the 2016 Air Capital Classic are Patriot alumni, including Schniederjans (1st), Collin Morikawa (2nd), Brandon Hagy (4th) and Austin Cook (T6th).

 

DEFENDING CHAMPION:            

Braden Thornberry, University of Mississippi, -2 under par (73, 67, 71 – 211)

 

PAST PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA CHAMPIONS:

2015       Braden Thornberry, University of Mississippi

2014       Kyle Kochevar, University of Virginia

2013       Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force Academy

2012       Sebastian Cappelen, University of Arkansas

2011       Cory Whitsett, University of Alabama

 

CURRENT PGA TOUR PLAYERS TO PLAY IN PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA:

2011, 2012           Richy Werenski, Georgia Tech

2011, 2012           Ollie Schniederjans, Georgia Tech

2011                       Trey Mullinax, University of Alabama

2011                       Brooks Koepka, Florida State University

2011                       Patrick Rodgers, Stanford University

2011                       Justin Thomas, University of Alabama

2012                       Daniel Berger, Florida State University

2012                       Brandon Hagy, University of California

2013                       Bryson DeChambeau, Southern Methodist University

2014                       JT Poston, Western Carolina University

 

RYDER CUP TEAM MEMBERS TO PLAY IN PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA:

2011                       Brooks Koepka – 2016 US Ryder Cup Team

 

FALLEN SOLDIER GOLF BAGS: In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, the golfers in The Patriot All-America will continue the tradition to represent a fallen soldier. Every participant will receive a golf bag at the event’s opening ceremony with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags will be 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.

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: The Patriot All-America continues to receive tremendous community support by a variety of local businesses and organizations including The Thunderbirds, host organization of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, and the West Valley Mavericks charity group.

 

WIGWAM GOLF CLUB: The Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort. Here, the golf enthusiast has their pick of not just one or two courses, but three 18-hole courses – 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. And, in true Wigwam style, each course – The Gold, Patriot, which just celebrated their 50th anniversaries, and Heritage – offers a unique challenge that adds spice and variety to one’s stay at this timeless and relaxing retreat. In December 2009, The Wigwam (including the golf courses and resort property) was purchased by JDM Partners, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo.

The Gold Course has hosted many signature tournaments over the years, including numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational, one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,430 yard, par 72 course has also received various industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including being named one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America.” For more information, please visit www.wigwamgolf.com.

 

ARIZONA GOLF ASSOCIATION:  The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship.  Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.

 

GOLF COACHES ASSOCIATION: Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA’s mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:                   Karen Conway

 

MEDIA CONTACT:                            Rob Myers, rob@rmprgroup.com, 602-317-6131

 

WEBSITE:                                             www.patriotallamerica.com

 

SOCIAL MEDIA INFO:                      Twitter: @PatriotAllAm

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2016 PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Tuesday, December 27th

10:30 AM – Opening Ceremonies on Wigwam Golf Club’s Practice Range

Noon – AM/AM Tournament on Wigwam’s Gold Course

 

Wednesday, December 28th

Morning – Luke Air Force Base tour for Patriot All-America participants

Afternoon – Practice rounds for participants

 

Thursday, December 29th

9:30 AM – First Round of Patriot All-America Invitational scheduled to begin

2 PM – Patriot Jr. Clinic on Wigwam Practice Green

4 PM – First Round scheduled to end

 

Friday, December 30th

9:30 AM – Second Round of Patriot All-America Invitational scheduled to begin

4 PM – Second Round scheduled to end

 

Saturday, December 31st

9:30 AM – Final Round of Patriot All-America Invitational scheduled to begin

4:20 PM – Awards ceremony on 18th green of Wigwam’s Gold Course