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Field Announced for the 41st Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic October 22, 2015

Field Announced for the 41st Annual Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

EL PASO, Texas – The field is set and the Sun Bowl Association has announced that there are 21 of the nation’s top collegiate golfers making their way to the Sun City to play in the 41st edition of the Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic that runs Nov. 6-8 at the El Paso Country Club.

There are 11 All-Americans playing in this year’s tournament ranked amongst the top 100 amateur golfers, according to the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Among the top-ranked players are the following: Texas junior Beau Hossler (No. 7), Texas sophomore Scottie Scheffler (No. 15), Vanderbilt junior Matthias Schwab (No. 17) and Louisville senior Robin Sciot-Siegrist (No. 24).

The 2015 field of All-Americans also includes the Division II National Player of the Year, Santiago Gomez of Nova Southeastern, 2014-15 ACC Freshman of the Year Claudio Correa, 2014-15 PING All-Central honoree Blair Hamilton of Houston and the 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, Adrian Meronk of East Tennessee State. UNLV’s John Oda, who was the recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar Athlete Award and a 2015 PING All-West Region honoree, will also be a part of the field this year.

USC junior Rico Hoey, who finished in a tie for second place during last year’s Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Classic, is returning for another chance at the Lee Trevino Trophy.

“Western is proud to again team with the Sun Bowl Association to welcome the most college golf’s most elite players in the country to El Paso,” said Jeff Stevens, President and CEO of Western Refining. “For over 40 years, this tournament has showcased the best college golfers to our city. The alumni of this tournament are now the legends of the PGA Tour and this week El Pasoans will have the chance to see the future legends of golf perform at El Paso Country Club.”

Each university represented by the Western Refining College All-Americans will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.

Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.6 billion and winning 617 events on the PGA Tour. Over 145 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $753,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who have gone on to have successful PGA careers.

To be eligible for competition student-athletes must have been named as an All-America team honoree during the previous year. The event is free and open to the public.

2015 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Field
Claudio Correa – South Florida
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

Appeared in all 37 rounds for USF as a freshman, averaging 71.7 strokes per round to earn the American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award, as well as All-Conference honors and PING All-Region honors… shot par or better 20 times, including three rounds during the NCAA Championships stroke play, and logged six top 10 finishes in 2015… finished sixth in the individual NCAA Championship leading USF into match-play with a best-ever top eight finish as a team… won the 2015 Gator Invite, carding a 54-hole total of 205 (-5), and finished in the top 10 six different times… posted a 10-stroke victory in the 2015 Mexican Amateur Championship at the Yucatan Country Club in Merida, Mexico shooting a 5-under par, 283 … earned an automatic exemption into the 2015 U.S. Amateur Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club in Illinois.

Riley Davenport – Charlotte
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 All-American Honorable Mention… in 2015, Played 12 tournaments covering 35 rounds that includes setting a new school-record for best finish at the NCAA Championship tying for eighth in the 156-player field… shot three-consecutive rounds of 71 at the 2015 Bayou City Collegiate to register his second-best finishes of 213 and tie for seventh out of 87 other golfers… his 68 at the 2015 Gary Koch Invitational started his best 54-hole tournament finish in his career adding up to 212 (68-72-72) while he tied for fifth out of 81 competitors… played in eight events during 2014 posting best finish at the 2014 Tiger Invitational in March finishing tied for 12th with an even-par tournament of 216 (74-72-70)… his five-over 221 was tied for 31st and earned him Rookie of the Week (Feb. 27) at the 2013 Bayou City Collegiate Championships.

Rigel Fernandes – South Florida
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American

In 2015, Finished in the top 25 a team-high 10 times, and recorded a top-10 finish four times … tied for the individual title at the 2015 Irish Creek Collegiate, shooting 208 (-8) over three rounds… helped USF to a first place finish at the 2015 Yale Golf Course… named a 2015 PING All-Region member, and was one of five All-American Athletic Conference honorees from USF… in 2014, became just the fifth golfer in USF history to shoot less than 1.15 strokes above par… finished in third at the 2014 Seminole Intercollegiate, shooting 213 (-3)… As a high-schooler in 2013, earned AJGA All-American honorable mention in 2013.

Santiago Gomez – Nova Southeastern
Senior – Division II National Player of the Year

Earned multiple postseason awards in 2015, after a season in which he finished as the No. 1-ranked golfer in all of Division II and earned the highest individual honor in the NCAA as the Jack Nicklaus Award winner… earned First Team PING All-American honors, by the GCAA, was NCAA All-South Region, and was named Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer of the Year as well as First Team All-SSC… finished second at the 2015 NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional… his birdie putt on the 54th hole of match play earned the clinching point, giving the Sharks a 3-2 win and the 2015 NCAA National Championship… finished the 2014 Spring season ranked No. 3 in all of D II, while being named a PING D II second-team All-American.

Ben Griffin – North Carolina
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

A 2015 honorable mention PING All-America, Carolina’s first player to win any All-America honors since 2008… 2015 PING all-region selection… academic All-ACC selection and earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 2015… ranked 46th in the World Amateur Rankings (as of Aug. 16, 2015)… competed in the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club… qualified for the U.S. Amateur by finishing T2 at the sectional qualifier in Southern Pines… quarterfinalist at the 2015 North and South Amateur… 2013 AJGA Rolex first-team team All-America… 2014 AJGA Rolex second-team All-America… won 2013 AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions… won the 2011 U.S. Kids Golf – Teen World Championship… two-time Wyndham Cup East Team participant in 2013 and 2014.

Blair Hamilton – Houston
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 U.S. Amateur Championship Qualifier… 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship Participant (Round of 32)… 2014-15 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014-15 PING All-Central Region Team… 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional Co-Champion… 2014-15 All-American Athletic Conference Team… 2015 Border Olympics Individual Champion… American Athletic Conference Golfer of the Week (March 19, 2015)… 2014-15 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2013-14 American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team… 2012-13 Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished tied for first at the 2015 NCAA Lubbock Regional… qualified for the final round of the 2015 NCAA Championships.

Rico Hoey – USC
Junior – Honorable Mention All-American

Two-time GCAA All-American and All-Pac-12 first team performer… finished in second place at the 2015 Bill Cullum Invitational at 12-under 204 (65-67-72), tied for second at the 2014 Western Refining College All-America at 7-under 206 (69-66-71) and third at the 2015 Itani Quality Homes Collegiate at 5-under 205 (66-65-74)… tied for fourth at the 2015 NCAA Bremerton Regional at 8-under 208 (69-69-70), tied for fifth at the 2015 Amer Ari Invitational at 12-under 204 (66-66-72) and was fourth at the 2015 Jones Invitational at 3-under 213 (70-72-71)… tied for 43rd at the 2015 NCAA Championships, providing two counter rounds to help USC qualify for the match play playoff… 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

Beau Hossler – Texas
Junior – First Team All-American

2015 PING All-America… 2015 All-Nicklaus Team… 2015 U.S. Open qualifier… 2015 Big 12 Player of the Year… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 Walker Cup Team (U.S.)… 2015 SGA National Am of the Month – March… 2015 Ben Hogan Award Watch List… 2014 PING All-America Honorable Mention… 2014 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2014 Academic All-Big 12 first team selection.. member of 2014 Big Championship squad… earned medalist honors at 2015 Johnny Hayt Collegiate Invitational.

Zack Jaworski – Vanderbilt
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American… 2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2012-2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… finished T-19 at the 2015 Mason Rudolph and a career-best T-9 at the 2015 SEC Championship… Carded a four-round score of 288 (71-74-71-72) at the 2015 NCAA Championship to finish in a tie for 11th, which garnered him honorable mention All-American status… was Vanderbilt’s top finisher at the 2013 NCAA Tempe Regional as a freshman… in 2014, participated in The Players Amateur and qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Atlanta.

Brandon Matthews – Temple
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Carded a one-under par 70 on the final day of the 2014 American Athletic Conference Men’s Golf Championships to tie for fourth-place with a one-under 213… selected to compete in the 2014 NCAA Golf Championship and entered with a 71.5 average … tied for 38th overall at the NCAA Raleigh Regional carding a six-over 77… shot a one-over 73 to tie for 70th overall at the 2014 U.S. Amateur before missing the quarterfinals by one stroke… won the 2013 Golf Association of Philadelphia’s 109th Open by carding a two-under 140… tied for second at 2013 PA Amateur Cup… advanced to the Quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Amateur… named to the 2013 Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team… honored as 2013 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year.

Adrian Meronk – East Tennessee State
Senior – Third Team All-American

In 2015, became the first Polish player to appear in the Palmer Cup… received 2014 All-American honors from PING and Golfweek, while also being selected to the PING All-Region Team… named 2015 SoCon Player of the Year, First Team All-Southern Conference and SoCon Player of the Month (April)… named to the 2015 SoCon Academic Honor Roll… won the 2015 Inverness Intercollegiate (Sept. 22-23) and earned co-medalist honors two weeks later at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-7)… received second team All-Atlantic Sun and PING All-Regional honors in 2014… named second team All-Atlantic Sun and Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team and received Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors in 2013.

Taylor Moore – Arkansas
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Earned co-medalist honors at the 2014 U.S. Amateur… qualified for the 2014 U.S. Amateur as the top finisher at Texarkana Country Club… finished tied for 2nd at the 2015 SunTrust Gator Invitational… earned 6th place at the 2015 SEC Championships… ended the 2014 season ranked No. 75 by Golf week, No. 85 by Golfstat and No. 115 in the GolfstatCup… garnered SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll honors in 2014… named Co-SEC Freshman of the Year and was selected to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2013… earned a spot on the 2013 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll.

John Oda – UNLV
Sophomore – Honorable Mention All-American

Recipient of the 2015 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete Award and member of the Academic All-MW team… also made the 2015 Dean’s Honor List… named honorable mention All-America and selected to the 2015 PING All-West Region team… was the 2015 MW Freshman of the Year and also earned All-MW honors… named the 2015 Earl E. Wilson Most Valuable Player, which is given annually to the top player on the UNLV squad… during the summer of 2015, he played in the USGA Amateur Championship, the Western Amateur, the Sahalee Players Championship and he was selected to represent the USGA at Carnoustie in Scotland at The (British) Amateur Championship… he tied for 10th at the Sahalee Players Championship and made the round of 36 at The Amateur Championship.

Brandon Pierce – LSU
Junior – Honorable All-American

The top-ranked player and leading scorer for an LSU team that swept SEC and NCAA team championships during a historic 2014-15 season… one of the NCAA’s Top 30 players in the final season rankings for both Golfstat (23) and Golfweek (28) released following the NCAA Championships in 2015… an All-American for the first time in his collegiate career as a third-team selection by Golfweek and honorable-mention selection by the Golf Coaches Association of America… also a 2015 PING All-Southeast Region performer for the first time… was a 2015 second-team All-SEC selection by the league’s head coaches on the strength of his outstanding sophomore season… named the 2015 Louisiana Collegiate Player of the Year and a first-team All-Louisiana performer as the top player in the state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Max Rotfluff – Arizona State
Senior – First Team All-American

In 2014-15 has recorded nine top-10 finishes in 14 tournaments, including first-place finishes at the Alister MacKenzie Invite and the Arizona Intercollegiate… shot a career-low 63 in the second round of the ASU Thunderbird Invitational… earned GCAA first-team All-American honors and second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors… recorded three top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish at the Prestige at PGA West, in his sophomore season of 2013-14 and shot 72.16 in eight tournaments… finished junior year (2014-15) with a 3.49 GPA in marketing, and is on pace to earn his marketing degree in May of 2015 … earned Dean’s List in the spring of 2015.

Scottie Scheffler – Texas
Sophomore – Second Team All-American

2015 Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year… 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year… 2015 PING All-America Second Team… 2015 All-Freshmen Team… 2015 All-Big 12 First Team… SGA National Amateur of the Month (April)… 2015 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll… finished his junior career ranked No. 1 in the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings after totaling three years of Rolex Junior All-America honors… currently 34th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Matthias Schwab – Vanderbilt
Junior – Third Team All-American

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll… 2015 GCAA Third-Team All-American…2015 All-SEC First Team… 2015 Palmer Cup European Team… 2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll… 2014 SEC All-Freshman Team… finished in a tie for 11th at the NCAA Championship… advanced match play and the round of 16 at the 2013 U.S. Amateur in Chicago.

Robin Scoit-Siegrist
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

Earned 2015 ACC Co-Championship with -11 under par performance… finished tied for fourth as an individual at the 2015 NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Fla… named honorable mention All-American by PING in 2015… Named a 2015 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar… took home the title at the 2014 Classic du Prieure at 69-65-66=200 and the Grand Prix de Saint Nom with a 67-68-68=203… tied for fifth at the 2014 European Championship… tied for seventh at the 2014 NCAA Regional by shooting a 215.

Zach Seabolt – Winthrop
Junior – Third Team All-American

Is ranked No. 8 in the country by Golfstat following the 2014 fall season… is No. 9 in the Palmer Cup point standings following the 2014 fall season… played in four tournaments and 12 rounds during 2014 fall season… captured two tournament titles at the Northern Intercollegiate with a 4-under 212 and the Rees Jones Intercollegiate with an 8-under 208… was selected to participate in The Patriot All-America tournament on Dec. 29-31 at the Wigwam Arizona Gold course to honor fallen service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and finished tied for 10th … Earned At-large selection to the 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional where he tied for 20th place at 3-over par 216… was voted 2014 Big South All-Conference Team… earned the 2014 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year award.

Zach Wright – LSU
Senior – Honorable Mention All-American

2015 PING Honorable Mention All-American… 2015 second-team All-SEC… 2015 PING All-Southeast Region… 2015 SEC Community Service Team… 2014 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… 2013 Louisiana Classics Champion… 2012 U.S. Amateur Qualifier… one of two Tigers to post a perfect 3-0 record in match play at the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championships held at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Florida… joined senior All-American Ben Taylor in winning all three matches to lead the Tigers to their fifth national championship in program history and their first in 60 years since 1955… ran his record to a perfect 5-0 in match play at the NCAA Championships in back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015… scored LSU’s second point in a 4-1 win over the No. 5-seeded USC Trojans in the NCAA Championship Match with his 3-and-2 victory over Sean Crocker en route to the national championship.

Will Zalatoris – Wake Forest
Sophomore – Third Team All-American

Tied for 21st at the 2015 Carpet Capital Collegiate, shooting a 1-under 215 with scores of 73-72-71 in his first collegiate event…followed up his first collegiate tournament with a 12th-place finish at the Primland Collegiate Invitational, shooting an 8-under 208 and helping Wake Forest to a team victory in the tournament… won his first college tournament at the 2015 Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, shooting 10-under par over two rounds and leading Wake Forest to a second-consecutive team tournament win… finished 19th overall at the 2015 US Collegiate Championship, shooting a 1-under 215 on the tournament and helping Wake Forest to a fourth-place team finish… earned a top five finish at the 2015 Querencia Cabo Collegiate with a 6-under 207 for the tournament.

2015 Schedule
Friday (Nov. 6)
9 a.m. Titleist Long Drive
10 a.m. PING Putting Contest

Saturday (Nov. 7)
8 a.m. First & Second Rounds

Sunday (Nov. 8)
8 a.m. Final Round

Lee Trevino Trophy presentation immediately following final round.

All events listed above will be held at the El Paso Country Club and are free and open to the public.

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