(PHOENIX, Ariz.) – The 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational collegiate golf tournament will be played December 27-31 at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz. The Patriot All-America is regarded as a top amateur event nationally, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States. 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.
Braden Thornberry from the University of Mississippi is expected to return to defend his 2015 title against a field of top amateur players in a 54-hole, stroke play competition on The Wigwam’s famed Gold Course. The Patriot All-America AM/AM is scheduled for Tuesday, December 27th, practice rounds will be played on Wednesday, December 28th, while competitive rounds will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 PM on New Year’s Eve.
Past Patriot All-America past champions include:
2015 Braden Thornberry, University of Mississippi
2014 Kyle Kochevar, University of Virginia
2013 Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force Academy
2012 Sebastian Cappelen, University of Arkansas
2011 Cory Whitsett, University of Alabama
Current PGA TOUR stars who have played in The Patriot All-America Invitational during their college careers, include: Brooks Koepka (2011), Patrick Rodgers (2011), Justin Thomas (2011), Daniel Berger (2012) and Bryson DeChambeau (2013).
Invitations to The Patriot All-America are primarily based on individuals earning PING All-America honors the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member from each of the United States Military Academies will be invited as well as GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Arnold Palmer Cup Teams and AJGA All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.
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.