PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 6, 2016) – An impressive field continues to build for the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational as Nick Hardy from the University of Illinois and Alejandro Tosti from the University of Florida have joined defending tournament champion Braden Thornberry from the University of Mississippi, Sean Crocker from USC, and John Oda from UNLV as some of the top collegiate players to commit to play. Played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 27-31, the Patriot All-America features golf’s stars of tomorrow and is regarded as a top amateur event nationally.


A field of 84 PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States will compete in a 54-hole, stroke-play competition on The Wigwam’s famed Gold Course. Competitive rounds for the 2016 Patriot All-America will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 PM on New Year’s Eve.


According to the latest Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking, Crocker (ranked 12th) is currently the highest ranked player in the field, with Hardy (20th), Oda (28th), Tosti (30th),  Nahum Mendoza III from San Diego State (37th) and Braden Bailey from Baylor (47th) the other top 50 players to commit. The Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking is updated daily and continuously and includes over 4,000 events and more than 12,000 amateurs worldwide.


Collegiate golfers currently committed to play in the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational – with World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) and Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking (SPWAR) – include:

Name                                                 Institution                                         WAGR                  SPWAR

Bailey, Braden                                    Baylor                                                55                          47

Ban, Shintaro                                   UNLV                                                  157                       93

Bauman, Brandon                           UC Santa Barbara                            511                       442

Baumgarten, Bryan                         Illinois                                                850                       423

Biata, Michael                                 Chattanooga

Carlson, Nick                                   Michigan                                           192                       127

Champ, Cameron                           Texas A&M                                       99                          116

Chanen, Jake                                  Grand Canyon                                  2003                     3058

Cheung, Matthew                           Oklahoma City                                 861                       1242

Choi, Sunwoo                                  Air Force

Clare, John                                      Le Moyne                                          878                       1087

Clarkson, Jack                                William Woods                                                              2932

Cole, Ryan                                         James Madison                                107                       132

Crocker, Sean                                   Southern California                         14                          12

Cummins, Quade                             Oklahoma                                         2411                     1474

Cunningham, George                      Arizona                                              101                       195

Dawson, Robin                                 Maynooth                                         326                       162

Decker, Michael                               Vanderbilt                                         1279                     694

Dossey, Cooper                               Baylor                                                301                       628

Eldridge, Thomas                             UNCW                                                295                       251

Eubank, Kavan                                  Texas A&M                                       556                       2876

Feagles, Michael                              Illinois                                                421                       693

Gil, Tony                                            Houston                                             574                       831

Go, Lloyd Jefferson                         Seton Hall                                          129                       86

Greenberg, Mason                          Vanderbilt                                         1168                     2665

Grehan, Stuart                                  Maynooth                                         58                          102

Gumberg, Jordan                             Arizona                                              330                       814

Hardy, Nick                                       Illinois                                                32                          20

Heien, Mats                                      Mary Hardin-Baylor                        2933                     1724

Heine, Philip                                      Southern Mississippi                       3167                     3086

Hickam, Phillip                                  Chattanooga                                                                  3504

Hodges, Lee                                      Alabama                                            190                       123

Houlding, David                               William Woods                                831                       825

Jensen, Davis                                    Methodist University                                                    4842

Kuest, Peter                                      BYU                                                    404                       568

Lambeth, Addison                           Huntingdon                                       1251                     744

Levitt, Andrew                                  Southern California                         397                       303

Lim, Thomas                                     Oregon                                              297                       190

Long, George                                   Mount Mercy                                   4075                     4271

Mathard, Leo                                   Texas Wesleyan                               599                       932

Mayo, Joey                                       Rhodes                                               2793                     1894

McAree, Graham                             Indianapolis                                      825                       1152

McBride, Jake                                   NC State                                            261                       298

McCarthy, Joshua                            Pepperdine                                        869                       706

Mendoza III, Nahum                       San Diego State                               135                       37

Mills, Patrick                                     Oglethorpe                                       2373                     3989

Nagai, Gen                                        Seton Hall                                          1498                     3382

Neale, Gordon                                 Florida                                                168                       104

Oda, John                                          UNLV                                                  23                          28

Olsen, Zachary                                 Oklahoma State                               275                       304

Ott, AJ                                                Colorado State                                                               1871

Perras, Michael                                Houston                                             313                       169

Perrine, Matthew                            Baylor                                                288                       268

Petefish, Chris                                  Georgia Tech                                    403                       332

Prater, Colin                                     UC-Colorado Springs                      267                       617

Rainey, William                                College of Charleston                     138                       146

Ravetto, David                                 Texas Wesleyan                               724                       504

Raza, Sulman                                    Oregon                                              239                       341

Redman, Doc                                    Clemson                                            172                       165

Riley, Carson                                    Centre                                                4841                     6283

Shipp, Benjamin                               NC State                                            221                       454

Seiple, Josh                                       Mississippi                                         919                       1957

Sienko, Pete                                      St. Thomas (MN)                              2627                     2876

Soosman, Spencer                           UCLA                                                  243                       657

Springer, Alex                                   Central Missouri                               510                       518

Stevens, Sam                                    Oklahoma State                               153                       53

Strickland, Lance                             Meridian                                                                          1980

Suppa, Kyle                                       Southern California                         512                       577

Sweeney, Kerry                                Mississippi                                         519                       917

Tallman, Connor                              Navy

Theegala, Sahith                              Pepperdine                                        180                       94

Thornberry, Braden                         Mississippi                                         64                          70

Tosti, Alejandro                               Florida                                                41                          30

Troxler, Colin                                    Mississippi Gulf Coast                     3397                     2218

Turner, Nicholas                                             Army

Ullestad, Trevor                               Missouri                                             923                       1695

Walker, Andrew                               Michigan State                                 2181                     1886

Weatherhead, Sam                         Michigan State                                 231                       221

Whalen, Andrew                              Northwestern                                   304                       99

Wood, Adam                                    Duke                                               126                       148

Wood, Hayden                                 Oklahoma State                               347                       262

Wrenn, Alex                                      Claremont-Mudd-Scripps               2570                     1163

Yoshihara, Hidetoshi                       UCLA                                                  920                       651

Zucchetti, Federico                         Texas Tech                                        197                       149


Current PGA TOUR stars who have played in The Patriot All-America Invitational during their college careers, include: Brooks Koepka (2011), Trey Mullinax (2011), Patrick Rodgers (2011), Justin Thomas (2011), Daniel Berger (2012), Brandon Hagy (2012), Ollie Schniederjans (2012), Richy Werenski (2012), Bryson DeChambeau (2013) and JT Poston (2014).

Past Patriot All-America champions include: Braden Thornberry from the University of Mississippi (2015); Kyle Kochevar from the University of Virginia (2014), Kyle Westmoreland from the Air Force Academy (2013);  Sebastian Cappelen from the University of Arkansas (2012); and Cory Whitsett, from the University of Alabama (2011).

The winner of the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational will receive a sponsor exemption into the Tour’s 2017 Air Capital Classic in Wichita, Kansas. The Air Capital Classic will be played June 8-18 at Crestview Country Club. 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).

The Arizona Golf Association (AGA), JDM Partners and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) are once again partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the 6th annual tournament. The tournament 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 civic group.

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.

About 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

About 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.

About Golf Coaches Association of America

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.