Nation's Best Collegiate Golfers To Compete At
Refining College All-America Golf Classic
PASO, Texas (November 4, 2009) - The field has been set for the 35th annual
Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.
tournament, which is hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is slated for Nov.
22-24 at the par-71, 6,837-yard El Paso Country Club.
year's tournament features last season's NCAA Division I Player of the Year
Matt Hill (North Carolina State) and Freshman of the Year Morgan Hoffmann
(Oklahoma State), as well as the Division III Player of the Year Mitchell
Fedorka (La Verne). Also included in the field are six Golfweek
preseason first team All-America selections - Hill, Hoffman, Nick Taylor
(Washington), Russell Henley (Georgia), John Peterson (LSU) and Scott Langley
all, the field includes 32 All-Americans from the previous year, making it the
largest field in the 35-year existence of the event. In 2005, 31 players
competed in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.
players will represent both the Pac-10 Conference and the Southeastern
Conference to lead the way. Other conferences with multiple participants are
the Big Ten Conference (four), Big 12 Conference (three), the West Coast
Conference (two) and the Mountain West Conference (two).
have another strong field," said Bob Kimble, tournament director. "We could not
be more excited, this is a quality collection of the top amateur golfers in the
season, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No.
1 tournament in the country for the fifth consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin
Refining has done a great deal to take the nation's No. 1 golf tournament to
the next level," said Bernie Olivas, Sun Bowl Association Executive Director.
"We could not put on a tournament of this magnitude without the support of
Western Refining. It has become a true event that the nation's best want to attend."
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 (1995).
of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1 billion on the PGA Tour.
In all, 133 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament,
raising more than $640,000 in scholarship money for the participating
Each university is awarded a $1,000
scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.
is a schedule of events (times are MST):
Sunday, Nov. 22
Long Drive Contest (9 a.m.)
Putting Contest (10 a.m.)
(Practice round) (Noon)
Monday, Nov. 23
and second rounds, 36 holes (8 a.m.)
Tuesday, Nov. 24
round, 18 holes (8 a.m.)
presentation (following final round, approximately Noon)
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