Nagy, Foley Take
Top Honors Sunday At The
Western Refining College All-America Golf
EL PASO, Texas (November 23, 2008) - Perfect weather set
the tone for the 2008 Titleist Long Drive competition, as Charlotte's Corey Nagy
became just the third player to ever eclipse 350 yards in the event, while Penn
State's Kevin Foley won the PING Putting contest Sunday in the precursor to the
34th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country
With temperatures in the low 70s, Nagy, a junior from
Charlotte, N.C., powered his drive 353 yards, joining
event record holder Niklas Lemke and Anthony Kim as the only three players to
reach 350 yards on their drive. Lemke and Kim did it in 2005, when Lemke went
358 yards, while Kim hit the 351-yard mark. Marquette's Mike Van Sickle just missed the mark with a 349
yard drive to finish second, while Adam Mitchell of Georgia
went 348 yards for third place.
In the PING Putting Contest, Foley, a senior from
Somerville, N.J., was the only player to break 20 on the nine-hole putting
course that features hay bales, spurs and saddles as West Texas putting
obstacles. Foley edged out Nagy and Oklahoma State's Rickie Fowler, who each netted a
20 on the course.
The 34th Annual Western Refining College All-America
Golf Classic begins play Monday at 8:00 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country
The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is
played at the Par-71, 6,842-yard El Paso Country
Throughout the years, many Western Refining College
All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers
in the Professional Golfers' Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of
the past champions include Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval
(1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry
Pate (1974), Nicholas Thompson (2004) and Tiger Woods
Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a
golfer from that school competes in the tournament.
Titleist Longest Drive Contest Top
1. Corey Nagy, Charlotte, 353 yards; 2. Mike Van Sickle,
Marquette, 349; 3. Adam Mitchell, Georgia, 348; T4. Jesper Kennegard,
State, and Kyle Stanley,
Clemson, 344; 6. Jarin Todd, Sonoma State, 338; 7. Tim Sluiter, USC, 331; 8.
Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State 329; 9. Erik Flores, 328; 10.
325; 11. Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine, 324; T12. Kevin Foley, Penn State,
and Jason Millard, Middle Tennessee, 320; 14. Matthew Swan, Alabama, 319; T15.
Russell Henley, Georgia, Matthew Hill, North Carolina State, and Charlie Holland, Texas,
PING Putting Contest Top
1. Kevin Foley, Penn State, 19; T2. Rickie Fowler,
Oklahoma State, and Corey Nagy, Charlotte, 20; T4. Kevin O'Connell, North Carolina, and Jorge Campillo, Indiana, 21; 6. Andrew
Putnam, Pepperdine, 22; T7. Russell Henley, Georgia, and Billy Horschel, Florida, 23; T9.
Jesper Kennegard, Arizona State, Trent Leon, Oklahoma State, Adam Mitchell, Georgia, and Kyle Stanley, Clemson,
24; T13. Matthew Hill, North Carolina
State, and Mike Van Sickle, Marquette, 25; T15.
Jonathan Hodge, Chattanooga, Andrew Landry,
Arkansas, Nick Taylor, Washington, and Jarin Todd, Sonoma State, 26.