Monday, December 31, 2018


THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK 12) November 14, 2018


EL PASO, Texas – The 2018 college football season is close to the end. Most teams have just two games left on their schedules to finish strong and earn a postseason spot. There are plenty of predictions as to where teams will end up, including who will play at the Hyundai Sun Bowl, and we’ll look at several of those potential teams and their matchups this week.

No. 8 Washington State kept rolling, earning a 31-7 victory over Colorado. Arizona State earned bowl eligibility with a 31-28 victory against an improving UCLA team. Oregon led early in the fourth quarter against Utah, but were unable to hold on, losing 32-25 on the road. Stanford snapped its losing streak with a 48-17 win against Oregon State. California fell behind early but rallied to win 15-14 in a defensive battle with USC.

The season is winding down and there are still several Pac-12 teams fighting for a postseason bowl berth, while others look to improve their position and even earn a place in the Pac-12 Championship game. Here are some of the teams that could be playing in El Paso in December.

USC (5-5, 4-4 Pac-12) enters its rivalry week coming off a hard-fought 15-14 loss to California. The Trojans found success in the first half, leading 14-0 at halftime, but struggled against the Golden Bears’ defense in the second half. Defensively, the Trojans allow 370 yards a game, but held California to just 207 yards. USC looks to become bowl eligible as it gets set to take on UCLA (2-8, 2-5) this week in the Rose Bowl. UCLA enters play coming off a 31-28 loss to Arizona State, which marked the Bruins third consecutive loss. Despite the loss, the Bruins’ offense continued making strides, gaining 439 total yards, up from their average of 370 yards a game.

Stanford at California
Stanford (6-4, 4-3) is coming off a 48-17 victory over Oregon State last week, snapping a two-game losing streak and becoming bowl eligible. The Cardinal gained 596 total yards, a season-high, including 244 yards on the ground. Defensively, they were able to shut out the Beavers in the second half. California (6-4, 3-4) earned bowl eligibility last week in a 15-14 victory against USC. The Golden Bears’ defense allowed just 277 offensive yards to the Trojans, and only 40 yards in the second half. In the last four games, California is allowing just 13 points a game.

Arizona State at Oregon
Arizona State (6-4, 4-3) earned bowl eligibility under first-year head coach Herm Edwards with a 31-28 victory against UCLA last week. Defensively, the Sun Devils struggled to slow down UCLA’s offense, allowing 439 yards on the day. The offense provided support, however, gaining 480 yards, including 281 on the ground. Arizona State can win the Pac-12 South if it manages to win out, but standing in the way this week is Oregon (6-4, 3-4). The Ducks play host this week after losing 32-25 on the road to Utah last week. In the loss, the Ducks managed 405 yards of offense against the Utes’ defense. Defensively, they’ll look to bounce back after allowing 494 yards of offense to the Utes.

Other Pac-12 Games
No. 19 Utah (7-3, 5-3) @ Colorado (5-5, 2-5)
Oregon State (2-8, 1-6) @ No. 18 Washington (7-3, 5-2)
Arizona (5-5, 4-3) @ No. 8 Washington State (9-1, 6-1)

Wake Forest completed the upset, defeating then No. 14 NC State 27-23. Louisville’s struggles continued, losing to No. 12 Syracuse 54-23. Georgia Tech won its third straight game, defeating Miami 27-21. No. 2 Clemson dominated defensively, defeating then No. 17 Boston College 27-7. Florida State was unable to keep up with No. 3 Notre Dame, losing 42-13. Duke won a shootout with North Carolina 42-35. Virginia won its non-conference game against Liberty 45-24. Virginia Tech’s defensive struggles continued, losing to Pittsburgh 52-22.

The ACC is full of teams that are on the verge of earning bowl eligibility, but time is running out. Here’s several games that could have Sun Bowl implications by season’s end.

Miami at Virginia Tech
Miami (5-5, 2-4 ACC) dropped its fourth consecutive game, losing 27-21 to Georgia Tech last week. The Hurricanes’ offensive struggles continued against the Yellow Jackets gaining just 299 yards of offense and losing three fumbles. In the four losses, the Hurricanes are averaging just 15 points a game. Virginia Tech (4-5, 3-3) lost its third consecutive game 52-22 to Pittsburgh. The Hokies’ struggles have come on the defensive end, as they surrendered 654 yards to Pittsburgh. They’ve allowed 44 points a game in their last three losses.

Pittsburgh at Wake Forest
Pittsburgh (6-4, 5-1) earned its third consecutive victory last week, defeating Virginia Tech 52-22. Pittsburgh’s offense found success all day, gaining 654 yards of offense, including 492 rushing yards. Both season-highs. The Panthers gained 634 yards of offense and 484 rushing yards against Duke three weeks ago, so their offense is clicking as they head into the final games of the season. Wake Forest (5-5, 2-4) earned an upset victory over then No. 14 NC State, 27-23 last week. Quarterback Jamie Newman made his first start for the Demon Deacons and passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. Wake Forest’s defense held NC State to 47 rushing yards on 27 attempts.

No. 20 Boston College at Florida State
No. 20 Boston College (7-3, 4-2) enters this week coming off a 27-7 loss to No. 2 Clemson. The Eagles struggled offensively gaining just 113 yards of offense and were held to only nine yards rushing on 33 attempts. The Eagles average 407 yards a game and 34 points a game but ran into a tough matchup with the second-ranked defense in the nation. They’ll try to rebound against Florida State (4-6, 2-5) who are coming off a 42-13 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame. The Seminoles surrendered two first-half turnovers and found themselves in a 32-6 hole at halftime that they were unable to climb out of. Florida State will need to win its final two games to earn bowl eligibility.

Other ACC/Independent Games
NC State (6-3, 2-8) @ Louisville (2-8, 0-7)
No. 12 Syracuse (8-2, 5-2) vs. No. 3 Notre Dame (10-0) (Game played at Yankee Stadium)
Western Carolina (3-7) @ North Carolina (1-8, 1-6)
Virginia (7-3, 4-2) @ Georgia Tech (6-4, 4-3)
Duke (7-3, 3-3) @ No. 2 Clemson (10-0, 7-0)

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EL PASO, Texas – The Sunland Masonic Lodge No. 1344 presented the “Community Builders Award” to Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the El Paso International Museum of Art located at 1211 Montana Ave.

Freemasonry is the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world. All Masons have a strong allegiance to their country, their family and their neighbors. As such, the “Community Builders Award” was created by the Grand Lodge to recognize non-masons who stand out in the community by their unparalleled volunteering of time and expertise in their community to make it a better place to live, raise families and work.

“This is a surprising and humbling award to receive,” said Olivas. “I dedicate this to all the people who help put on all our community events including the Sun Bowl staff, the Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors, the sponsors and the volunteers. Without all these people, we could not put on these events for the Borderland community.”

Olivas, a native El Pasoan, has developed a love and a passion for his work like no other. He oversees 20 different special events in El Paso, including the Hyundai Sun Bowl, the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic, the Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta and the Academy Sports + Outdoors Sun Bowl International Soccer Tournament.

The Sun Bowl Association produces the largest economic impact in El Paso for a single event in the city with the annual Sun Bowl football game. Since becoming Executive Director, Olivas has helped secure sponsorship changes for several events. He also helped secure the Hyundai Sun Bowl’s television contract extension through 2019, making the relationship between the Sun Bowl and CBS the longest in college bowl game history.

Olivas, who was a Sun Bowl volunteer for over 20 years, served as the Sun Bowl Association President in the year 2000 – the 66th president in Sun Bowl History. His involvement with the Sun Bowl began when he joined one of the team host committees, and he was named to the Sun Bowl Board of Directors in 1992. He was also named to the football selection committee, of which he is still a member.

“We selected Mr. Bernie Olivas because he has led his staff and organization for over 15 years to put on amazing events for the community, which make El Paso a great place to live and a great place for visitors,” said Bill Perry, a member of the Sunland Masonic Lodge No. 1344.

The “Community Builders Award” is an award authorized by the Grand Lodge of Texas to be given to an individual who has done an outstanding job within the local community. There have been several of these awards given to individuals within El Paso, one of which was given to Dr. Natalicio, former UTEP President.

Sunland Lodge No. 1344 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Texas in Dec. 1954 and has continually been in existence ever since, while there are eight lodges in El Paso located throughout the city.

THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK 11) November 7, 2018


EL PASO, Texas – Several teams improved their chances of a postseason bowl game by earning their sixth win and becoming bowl eligible last week. As teams become eligible it will help paint a better picture of who will end up where, including the matchup we’ll get to see at the Hyundai Sun Bowl. There’s some good football coming up this week in the ACC and Pac-12, so let’s look at some of the upcoming action.

The Pac-12 conference is up for the taking and you never know where the big upset will come from each week. Last week it was Arizona State upsetting then No. 15 Utah 38-20. No. 8 Washington State avoided an upset, defeating California 19-13 in the final minute. Colorado’s struggles continued as it lost to Arizona 42-34. Oregon got back to its winning ways with a 42-21 victory over UCLA. Washington played poor host, defeating Stanford 27-23. USC aims for bowl eligibility and picked up its fifth win, 38-21 over Oregon State.

Washington State is the only one-loss team remaining in the Pac-12 and the playing field is even among most teams. Plenty of intriguing games are coming up in November, including several this week that are worth keeping an eye on.

No. 8 Washington State at Colorado
Washington State (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) scored a touchdown with 32 seconds left in the game to give it a 19-13 victory over California. The Cougars lead the nation with 397 passing yards a game, and quarterback Gardner Minshew leads all quarterbacks with 3,517 passing yards this season. They take their passing attack on the road to take on a Colorado team (5-4, 2-4) that has lost its last four games. Last week, the Buffaloes dropped a game at Arizona 42-34. Offensively, the Buffaloes gained 343 yards passing, but they struggled defensively, giving up 566 total yards to the Wildcats.

Oregon at No. 15 Utah
Oregon (6-3, 3-3) defeated UCLA 42-21 last week, getting back to its winning ways since dropping two consecutive games. The 492 yards gained by the Ducks were the most since week four of the season when they played Stanford. They’ll try to keep the offense rolling on the road against a Utah (6-3, 4-3) defense that allows just 314 yards a game. The Utes are coming off an upset loss to Arizona State 38-20, where they struggled defensively giving up 536 yards of offense, the most they’ve allowed all season.

California at USC
California (5-4, 2-4) comes into this game after losing to No. 8 Washington State, 19-13. The Cougars average 38 points a game but were held to their lowest score by the Golden Bears’ defense. California’s defense is allowing just 323 yards and 22 points a game. After dropping two consecutive games, USC (5-4, 4-3) got back on the winning side with a 38-21 victory over Oregon State. The Trojans gained 509 yards offensively, their best output of the season.

Other Pac-12 Games
UCLA (2-7, 2-4) @ Arizona State (5-4, 3-3)
Oregon State (2-7, 1-5) @ Stanford (5-4, 3-3)
Bye Weeks: Washington, Arizona

No. 2 Clemson kept its hold over the Atlantic Division, defeating Louisville 77-16. No. 17 Boston College defeated Virginia Tech 31-21. No. 13 Syracuse moved up in the AP Top 25 rankings earning a 41-24 victory over Wake Forest. No. 22 NC State defeated Florida State 47-28. Unlike the Atlantic Division, the Coastal Division is up for the taking. Pittsburgh finds itself in first place this week after defeating then No. 25 Virginia 23-13. Georgia Tech earned a 38-28 victory over North Carolina. Duke earned bowl eligibility, defeating Miami 20-12.

Several ACC teams are still trying to earn bowl eligibility, while many still have a chance to play in the ACC Championship Game at season’s end. Here’s some of matchups that could have bowl implications at the end of the year.

Miami at Georgia Tech
Miami (5-4, 2-3 ACC) enters this game having lost three consecutive games, including a 20-12 defeat to Duke last week. Offensively, the Hurricanes have struggled lately, averaging 13 points a game in their last three contests, however they did manage to gain 300 yards rushing against the Blue Devils. Miami still boasts the second-ranked defense in the country, allowing just 265 yards a game. That defense will be put to the test against Georgia Tech (5-4, 3-3). The Yellow Jackets average 377 yards rushing a game, which leads the nation. They ran past North Carolina 38-28 in their last game, rushing for 461 yards.

North Carolina at Duke
North Carolina (1-7, 1-5) enters this week coming off a 38-28 defeat to Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels struggled defensively against the Yellow Jackets, surrendering 565 yards of total offense. Despite the record, the Tar Heels have lost by an average of 6.5 points a game in their last four contests and are averaging 405 yards of offense a game. Duke (6-3, 2-3) plays host this week coming off a 20-12 road victory against Miami. It marked the first time Duke had won at Miami since 1976. The Blue Devils surrendered 411 yards defensively, but held Miami scoreless in the second half.

Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Virginia Tech (4-4, 3-2) lost to No. 22 Boston College 31-21, marking its second consecutive loss. Offensively, the Hokies are averaging 431 yards and 31 points a game, however they’ve struggled defensively allowing 421 yards and 28 points a game. Pittsburgh (5-4, 4-1) finds itself atop the Coastal Division after a 23-13 upset victory over then No. 25 Virginia. The Panthers ran their way to victory, gaining 254 rushing yards against the Cavaliers. Defensively the Panthers allowed just 249 yards of total offense, including shutting down the Cavaliers’ running attack, surrendering just 44 yards on 26 carries.

Other ACC/Independent Games
Wake Forest (4-5, 1-4) @ No. 21 NC State (6-2, 3-2)

Louisville (2-7, 0-6) @ No. 19 Syracuse (7-2, 4-2)

Liberty (4-4) @ No. 25 Virginia (6-3, 3-3)
Florida State (4-5, 2-5) @ No. 4 Notre Dame (9-0)
No. 2 Clemson (9-0, 6-0) @ No. 22 Boston College (7-2, 4-1)

Visit for a chance to win tickets to the 2018 Hyundai Sun Bowl. A team from the ACC/Notre Dame will take on a team from the Pac-12 on Dec. 31, 2018 at noon in El Paso, Texas.

by Micheal Lujan on behalf of the Hyundai Sun Bowl

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EL PASO, Texas – Fans don’t want to miss the opportunity to see future PGA Tour players in action as the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is set for Nov. 18-20 at the El Paso County Club.

Current PGA players such as Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Ricky Fowler, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods have hit the links at the El Paso Country Club and this year there are 29 amateurs from around the country invading the Borderland.

“The golf committee continues to work tirelessly to bring some of the best amateur players in the country to El Paso,” said Sun Bowl Association Executive Director Bernie Olivas. “This year is no different. We invite everyone to come out and watch the competition and even get autographs and pictures with future pros.”

Participants are from all around the country and the world and have accomplished some amazing achievements on the course. They have achieved All-America status or have a high-amateur ranking.

“Players are invited to this tournament because of their many college achievements and outstanding amateur career and ranking,” said Tournament Director Bob Kimble. “I can assure the fans that many future PGA Tour players will be out on the course during this tournament.”

Doug Ghim of Texas won last year’s All-America Golf Classic carding rounds of 67-64-64.

The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur 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 1974.

Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Thomas, Notah Begay and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 52 major championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.

The annual event starts with the Titleist Long Drive Contest and PING Putting Contest on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 a.m. (MT). The best opportunity for fans to get photos with the future PGA players and obtain autographs is on Sunday immediately following the two contests.

Rounds one and two are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 with a shotgun start scheduled for 8 a.m. (MT) while the final round is set for 8 a.m. (MT) on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Lee Trevino Trophy will be presented to the winner immediately following Tuesday’s play.

2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic Participants

John Augenstein – Hometown: Owensboro, Ky. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Vanderbilt
• 2018 All-SEC Second Team and 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll selection
• Named to the GCAA Freshman All-American team and as a GCAA Honorable Mention All-American selection in 2017
• Named SEC Freshman of the Year and to the All-Freshman Team in 2017
• Clinched the SEC Championship in 2017 after winning the deciding matches in the semifinals against Florida and the finals against Texas A&M
• Career round of 63 came in second round of Carmel Cup at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2017

Quade Cummins – Hometown: Weatherford, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Oklahoma
• Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection and All-Region pick by the GCAA after the 2017-18 season
• Won the 2016 Oklahoma Amateur Championship
• Finished third at The NCAA Norman Regional shooting his fifth 67 on the season. That was the seventh top 10 finish of his career.

Brad Dalke – Hometown: Norman, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma
• Second-team Division I PING All-American after the 2017-18 season
• Named a 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
• Sank championship-clinching putt at the 2017 NCAA Championships
• Earned first collegiate win at the 2017 NCAA Stanford Regional
• Competed in The 2017 Masters and 2017 U.S. Open
• 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection
• Finished as the runner-up at the 2016 U.S. Amateur

Alex del Rey – Hometown: Madrid, Spain – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State
• Two-time Spanish National Champion (U16/18).
• Posted four top-10 finishes and had a 70.89 stroke average in 12 tournaments and had 12 rounds in the 60s in sophomore season.
• In 2017-18 he earned All-Pac-12 first-team honors after a solid sophomore season and then earned PING All-West Region honors.
• An accomplished junior golfer on the Spanish circuit, he has been a member of the Spanish national team since the age of 14

+Chandler Eaton – Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Duke +
• Named to PING All-East Team after averaging a 71.70 scoring average over 37 rounds, second best on the team
• T-15 finish at the NCAA National Championship, giving him honorable mention All-America status
• A PING All-East Region selection after the 2016-17 season and was also named to the All-ACC and All-ACC Academic teams that year
• Tied for the team lead in rounds played (39) during the 2016-17 season and also garnered the team’s second-best scoring average with a 71.74 that year

Austin Eckroat – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: So. at Oklahoma State
• Received honorable mention All-America recognition from the Golf Coaches Association of America after the 2017-18 season
• Finished at 218 and alone in 19th place at the NCAA Columbus Regional before posting a 1-over 289 total at the NCAA Championship to tie for 19th place. earned a 1-up victory over Alabama’s Davis Shore in the NCAA title match
• Runner-up at the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur
• Runner-up to teammate Hayden Wood at the 2018 Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Championship

Stephen Franken – Hometown: Raleigh, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at NC State
ACC Player of the Year and ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
GCAA and Golfweek Second-Team All-American
• All-ACC, ACC Honor Roll and ACC All-Academic Team
• Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar and PING All-Region East Team selection
• Finished season with stroke average of 70.56 in 36 rounds played … Season stroke average was second lowest in program history
• In 12 tournaments during his junior year, Franken finished in the top-10 eight times, the top-five six times and won once

+Will Gordon – Hometown: Davidson, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt +
• 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.89
• Named GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and a GCAA All-America Scholar
• Won medalist honors at the East Lake Cup in front of a national television audience on the Golf Channel with an even-par 72
• 2018 SEC Academic Honor Roll, 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American and 2018 All-SEC First Team selection
• 2017 Tom Cousins Award, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 SEC Community Service Team
• 2016 GCAA Freshman All-American, 2016 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll, 2016 All-SEC Second Team and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team

Blaine Hale – Hometown: Dallas, Texas – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma
• 2017-18 stroke average: 71.69
• Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection after the 2017-18 season
• All-Region selection by the GCAA
• Finished fourth at The 2018 NCAA Norman Regional shooting a 54-hole score of 209 (-7)
• Earned wins in the semifinal and final to help OU secure the 2017 NCAA Championship
• Shot career-low 64 at Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 1-3)
• Two top-5 and six top-10 career finishes during his OU career
• 2017 Division I PING All-America honorable mention selection

Harry Hall – Hometown: Hayle, England – Amateur Status: Sr. at UNLV
• Named PING All-West Region after the 2017-18 season
• Selected All-Mountain West for the third straight year
• Named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar and also Academic All-MW for the third straight year
• Was a member of the international team at the Arnold Palmer Cup
• Finished first in Santa Rosa at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier and also finished first in Las Vegas at the U.S. Open Pre-Qualifier
• Earned Dean’s List honors for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 and was named to the Academic All-MW team for the second straight year in 2017. He also earned the league’s Scholar-Athlete Award that year

Philip Knowles – Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida
PING All-American, honorable mention in 2018 and the North Florida Male Athlete of the Year during the same year
PING All-Southeast Region and All-ASUN First Team in 2017 and 2018
ASUN All-Freshman team in 2016
ASUN All-Academic in 2018 and ASUN Academic Honor Roll for three consecutive years (2017-18 | 2016-17 | 2015-16)

Walker Lee – Hometown: Houston, Texas – Amateur Status: So. at Texas A&M
• 2017-18 stroke average: 73.03
• Tied atop the player leaderboard at the Aggie Invitational (211,-5) to earn his first career victory and was named SEC Freshman of the Week following his win at the Aggie Invite
• Finished tied for 32nd at the NCAA Bryan Regional and posted a tie for 41st at the NCAA Championship to help that Aggies advance to match play
• Before arriving at Texas A&M, Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings regarded Lee as the No. 2 player in the state of Texas as well as the No. 18 player nationally

Joshua Martin – Hometown: Pinehurst, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Carolina
• Has played in 18 tournaments with a stroke average of 73.55 over 51 rounds during his time at North Carolina
• Semifinalist at the 2016 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship (was No. 1 seed after two rounds of stroke play)
• The No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina and No. 14 in the nation by Golfweek in 2015
AJGA Rolex All-America selection in 2010 and 2012 • The 2014 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year by the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association
• Won the 2014 North Carolina Amateur with rounds of 67-65-71-67 becoming the youngest champion in event’s history

Patrick Martin – Hometown: Birmingham, Ala. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Vanderbilt
• Averaged 71.37 strokes per round as a junior
• 2018 GCAA Honorable Mention All-American, GCAA All-America Scholar and 2018 All-SEC Second Team
• 2017 Nicklaus Award Finalist, 2017 GCAA First Team All-American, 2017 SEC Academic Honor Roll and 2017 All-SEC First Team
• • 2016 All-SEC Second Team, 2016 Tom Cousins Award Winner, SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll and 2016 SEC All-Freshman Team
• Led Vanderbilt with 70.34 stroke average in 2016-17, the second-lowest in program history.
• Finished runner-up at the SEC Championship after posting a 10-under par, 200, a Vanderbilt record at the event.
• Won the Schenkel Invitational in 2017 for his first collegiate individual title

Garrett May – Hometown: Hope, Ark. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Baylor
• 2016-17 stroke average: 71.24
• Earned 2018 Golfweek All-America third team honors and honorable mention All-America from GCAA
• Two-time PING All-Central Region selection (2017, 2018)
• Two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree, picking up second team honors in 2017 and first team recognition in 2018
• Earned 2018 GCAA All-America Scholar recognition and five-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.

Bryson Nimmer – Hometown: Bluffton, S.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Clemson
• Three-time first-team All-ACC selection and two-time All-ACC Academic team
• Three-time All-District by Coaches Association and honorable mention All-American by Coaches Association as a sophomore and second-team All-American as a junior
• Ranks third in Clemson history in career stroke average with a 71,58 figure (min of 50 rounds
• Has three top eight finishes at the ACC Tournament… won ACC Rookie-of-the-Year honors in 2015-16, he was just the third Clemson player to win the award

Mason Overstreet – Hometown: Kingfisher, Okla. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arkansas
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.52
PING All-Region Team and SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
• Earned his first collegiate win as he was co-medalist at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate with rounds of 65-65-70 for a career-best 10-under par 200
• Reached the round of 16 at the 2018 U.S. Amateur
• As a freshman was the NCAA Championship runner-up and a PING All-America honorable mention

Turk Pettit – Hometown: Auburn, Ala. – Amateur Status: So. at Clemson
• 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.97
• First-team All-ACC as a true freshman and was an honorable mention All-American
• Finished the 2017-18 season ranked No. 35 in the nation by Golfweek and 65 by Golfstat in the final rankings
• Had second round 65 at NCAA Regional to tie Clemson record for low score at any NCAA Tournament in history
• Two-time State Champion in Alabama, also won Alabama Amateur in 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017

Peng Pichaikool – Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand – Amateur Status: Jr. at Mississippi State
• 2017-18 Scoring Average: 71.75
• Placed in the Top 5 twice and in the top 10 three times
• In December of 2017, he shot 9-under at the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship, an Asian Development Tour (pro) event in Thailand, to a tie for 12th, the best finish by an amateur
• In January 2018, he competed against some of the best collegiate talent at the Jones Cup, where he placed fifth
• Tied for 30th and took a share of the best amateur finish at another Asian Tour event, the Thailand Open, in June.
• He was named to the SEC All-Freshmen team after the 2016-17 season and named to the GCAA Ping All-Region Team that year

Spencer Ralston – Hometown: Gainesville, Ga. – Amateur Status: Jr. at Ga.
• 2017-18 Scoring Average: 70.86
• Chosen as an Honorable Mention All-American by PING and the GCAA
• Named Second-Team All-SEC by the league’s coaches
• Named to the PING All-Southeast Region Team by the Golf Coaches Association of America
• Named to the SEC’s All-Freshman Team after the 2016-17 season
• Won the Tommy Aaron Award as Gainesville’s Player of the Year four times, was named All-State four times and named 5A Player of the Year three times

Matthias Schmid – Hometown: Maxhvette, Germany – Amateur Status: Fr. at Louisville
• 2016-17 Stroke Average: 71.72
• Selected as a PING all-region honoree
• Became a member of the Germany junior team with a second-place finish at the Belgium U18 and a win at the Evolve
• Won the Bavarian champion in 2017, shooting a career-low 199 and 17-under par

Alex Smalley – Hometown: Wake Forest, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Duke
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.78 (program record)
• 2017-18 PING All-East team and All-ACC honors
• Set program records in the categories of most birdies made in a season (152) and rounds at par or better (25)
• 2016-17 All-ACC Team
• 2016-17 All-ACC Academic Team
• 2016-17 Division I Ping All-Region Team (East)
• Finished 2016-17 season with best stroke average on team
• Finished 2016-17 season with lowest round of 54 on team
• Won the individual medal at the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills Country Club

Brandon Smith – Hometown: Frisco, Texas – Amateur Status: Jr. at Texas A&M
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.84
PING All-America honorable mention selection
• Was in the hunt for medalist honors throughout the NCAA Bryan Regional (206, -10) before ultimately finishing in a tie for second, one stroke of the lead
• Stood out as the highest-placing Aggie during stroke play at the NCAA Championship (287, -1) where he finished tied for 11th to help A&M advance to match play
• Qualified for the Texas Amateur Championship for four consecutive years before arriving at Texas A&M

Austin Squires – Hometown: Union, Ky. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Cincinnati
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.91
• 2017 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year
• 2017 & 2018 AAC First Team Honoree
• 2017 NCAA Tournament Regional Individual Participant
• 2017 & 2018 U.S. Amateur Qualifier, advancing to the quarterfinals in 2018
• 2018 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar
• Qualified for the U.S. Amateur in Pebble Beach, California, advancing to the quarterfinals of match play, the deepest run by a Bearcat in the nation’s top amateur tournament in school history

Jackson Suber – Hometown: Tampa, Fla. – Amateur Status: Fr. at Ole Miss
• High School Stroke Average: 71.0
• Two-time State individual runner-up
• In 2016, was named Tampa Bay Hillsborough Player of the Year, Spectrum Sports Player of the Year, and H.B. Plant’s Player of the Year
• Had a third-place finish in the Florida Amateur, a top-20 in the USJR Championship and Florida Boys Jr. Amateur
• Named to 2018 Wyndham Cup Team

+Travis Trace – Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at North Florida +
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 72.66
• 2018 PING All-American, honorable mention and PING All-Southeast Region, 2nd team
• 2018 All-ASUN, 2nd tea
• 2017 ASUN All-Tournament and 2017-18 ASUN Academic Honor Roll (2017-18)
• Became first UNF player to qualify for NCAA DI Championship as an individual in May of 2018

Thomas Walsh – Hometown: High Point, N.C. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Virginia
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 70.71
PING third team All-America
• Finished the 2017-18 season 39th in final Golfstat ranking and No. 65 by Golfweek
• 2018 ACC individual champion
• Was 12th at the 2018 NCAA Regional
• Named an honorable mention All-American by PING/GCAA after the 2016-17 season

*+Hayden Wood – Hometown: Edmond, Okla. – Amateur Status: Sr. at Oklahoma State+
• Was named a first-team Academic All-Big 12 pick
• Tied for 23rd place at the NCAA Championship
• Earned medalist honors at the 2017 U.S. Amateur
• Earned honorable mention Rolex All-America honors in 2012
• Helped Edmond North to four consecutive Oklahoma Class 6A state titles

Chun An Yu – Hometown: Taoyuan, Taiwan – Amateur Status: Jr. at Arizona State
• 2017-18 Stroke Average: 71.61
• Won the 98th annual Western Junior title in the summer of 2015 as he rallied late and won in a sudden-death playoff and joined the likes of Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Jim Furyk on the Milt Woodard Champions Trophy.
• Won the 2015 Junior Players Championship with a 5-under 67 and won the tournament by one stroke after trailing by six.
• Finished second at the 2014 Callaway Junior Championship and finished third at the 2014 Asia games


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THIS WEEK IN THE ACC AND PAC-12 (WEEK 10) November 1, 2018


EL PASO, Texas – If you’re a fan of upsets in college football then last week was right up your alley. Several teams across the country suffered upset losses, and the Pac-12 and ACC were no different. There are plenty of intriguing potential matchups for the Hyundai Sun Bowl, so here’s a quick look at what was, and what’s coming up this week.

Utah continued to dominate defensively, picking up a 41-10 victory at UCLA. Washington State kept momentum headed in the right direction with a 41-38 win at Stanford. California hosted the Huskies and pulled off the upset, 12-10. After its big win over Washington, Oregon has dropped two straight, including a 44-15 upset loss at Arizona last week. Oregon State continues to play hard despite its record defeating Colorado 41-34 in overtime. Arizona State went into Los Angeles and defeated USC 38-35.

There’s plenty of potential for more upsets and close games this week in the Pac-12, here’s a few that could have Sun Bowl implications.

Arizona at Colorado (Friday)
Colorado (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) travels to Tucson this week, coming off a 41-34 overtime loss to Oregon St. After starting the season with five consecutive wins, Colorado has dropped its last three games. The Buffaloes have struggled in the three losses, averaging 22 points and gaining 354 yards of offense a game. They did gain 536 yards against the Beavers and look to keep the offensive momentum going. Arizona (4-5, 3-3) is coming off a 44-15 upset victory over then No. 19 Oregon. The Wildcats dominated the game from the start, leading 23-8 at halftime and never looked back. They gained 465 yards of offense, including 276 on the ground.

UCLA at Oregon
UCLA (2-6, 2-3) enters this game coming off a 41-10 loss to No. 16 Utah. The Bruins had won their previous two games before losing to the Utes. They were able to gain 127 yards on the ground against a Utah defense that allows only 81 rushing yards a game. Oregon (5-3, 2-3) returns home after a 44-15 loss at Arizona. Offensively, the Ducks started slow and found themselves in a 23-8 hole at halftime that they couldn’t climb out of. Quarterback Justin Herbert and top receiver Dillon Mitchell are in the concussion protocol this week and may not be available against the Bruins.

California at No. 10 Washington State
California (5-3, 2-3) earned a 12-10 upset victory over then No. 15 Washington last week. It was a defensive battle throughout as there was only 492 yards of offense gained and one offensive touchdown between from the two teams. Statistically, the teams were nearly identical, but the Golden Bears won the turnover battle. They forced two interceptions and returned one for their only touchdown of the game, giving them a 12-7 lead. No. 10 Washington St. (7-1, 4-1) defeated then No. 24 Stanford 41-38 in its last game. The Cougars trailed 28-17 at halftime before they rallied to score 17 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-winning field goal with 19 seconds left in the game. Quarterback Gardner Minshew passed for 438 yards in the victory and currently leads the nation with 3,183 passing yards.

Other Pac-12 Games
No. 16 Utah (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) @ Arizona State (4-4, 2-3)
Stanford (5-3, 3-2) @ Washington (6-3, 4-2)
USC (4-4, 3-3) @ Oregon State (2-6, 1-4)

Georgia Tech attempted just one pass in its 49-28 victory at Virginia Tech. Boston College’s rushing led it to a 27-14 victory over Miami. Clemson didn’t fall for a trap game, defeating Florida State 59-10 on the road. Syracuse picked up a big 51-41 upset win over NC State. Wake Forest put its offense on display in a 56-35 victory at Louisville. Virginia took the top spot in the Coastal Division with a 31-21 win against North Carolina. Pittsburgh and Duke combined for over 1,000 yards, but it was the Panthers that prevailed 54-45 over the Blue Devils. Notre Dame remained undefeated, picking up a 44-22 road victory against Navy.

Clemson has control of the Atlantic Division, but the Coastal is up for grabs. Here’s some of the action that will be coming up this week from the ACC.

Pittsburgh at No. 23 Virginia (Friday)
Pittsburgh (4-4, 3-1 ACC) picked up a 54-45 victory over Duke in its last contest. The Panthers gained 634 yards of offense in the game, including 484 rushing yards, which ranks second in school history. The 54 points and 634 offensive yards were both season-highs for the Panthers. Defensively, they’ll look to tighten up as they allowed 619 yards to the Blue Devils. No. 23 Virginia (6-2, 4-1) defeated North Carolina 31-21 in its last game. Defensively, the Cavaliers have allowed 21 points or less in four of their last five contests. The Cavaliers held the Tar Heels to 337 yards of total offense on the day. North Carolina had gained 500 yards or more in its two previous contests.

Duke at Miami
Duke (5-3, 1-3) comes off a 54-45 defeat to Pittsburgh. It was a game that saw the offenses combine for 1,253 total yards. Duke was able to pick apart the Pittsburgh defense through the air, as quarterback Daniel Jones set career-highs with 396 passing yards and four touchdowns. The Blue Devils struggled to stop the Panthers’ running attack, yielding 484 yards on the ground. Miami (5-3, 2-2) comes into this game after losing 27-14 to Boston College last week. The Hurricanes’ defense struggled against the Eagles, surrendering 433 yards including 223 rushing yards. Both were the most allowed by the Miami defense this season.

No. 24 Boston College at Virginia Tech
No. 24 Boston College (6-2, 3-1) is back in the AP Top 25 after defeating Miami 27-14 last week. Running back AJ Dillon made his return to the Eagles after missing two games due to an ankle injury and rushed for 149 yards and a touchdown. The Eagles have averaged 38 points and 445 yards a game this season, including 226 of those yards coming on the ground. Virginia Tech (4-3, 3-1) enters this week coming off a 49-28 loss to Georgia Tech. The Hokies were unable to stop the Yellow Jackets’ running attack, surrendering 465 rushing yards. Defensively, they have allowed an average of 425 yards of offense, 172 rushing yards, a game. The Hokies look to rebound against a Boston College team that they’ve defeated for three consecutive years.

Other ACC Games/Independent Games
Louisville (2-6, 0-5 ACC) @ No. 2 Clemson (8-0, 5-0)
No. 22 Syracuse (6-2, 3-2) @ Wake Forest (4-4, 1-3)
Georgia Tech (4-4, 2-3) @ North Carolina (1-6, 1-4)
Florida State (4-4, 2-4) @ NC State (5-2, 2-2)
No. 3 Notre Dame (8-0) @ Northwestern (5-3)

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