(PHOENIX, Ariz.) – The Valley Toyota Dealers Association, which is comprised of the ten Toyota dealerships across the Phoenix area, have extended their title sponsorship of The Patriot All-America Invitational for the 2018 tournament. Financial terms of the agreement will not be released. The Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers will be played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 29-31 and is regarded as a top international amateur event, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States. In November 2017, the Valley Toyota Dealers Association and tournament officials started with a one-year title sponsorship agreement for the 2017 tournament, played December 29-31, 2017.
- 1,500 three-day VIP passes
- Title sponsorship of the Valley Toyota’s “Salute to Service” tent on the tournament’s 18th hole, which will offer free admission, plus complimentary food and drink to all active duty military and veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders
- Title sponsor logo placement on all onsite and offsite signage promoting the event
- Commercial time on The Patriot All-America recap special, which airs on Fox Sports Arizona
- Multiple vehicle displays throughout the tournament grounds
Now in its 8th year, the Patriot All-America Invitational is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, JDM Partners, The West Valley Mavericks and the Golf Coaches Association of America in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. Current PGA TOUR stars who have played in The Patriot All-America Invitational during their college careers, include: two-time US Open champ and current PGA Championship winner, Brooks Koepka (2011); 2017 PGA Championship winner and 2017 FedEx Cup champion, Justin Thomas (2011); Patrick Rodgers (2011); two-time PGA TOUR winner Daniel Berger (2012); and four-time PGA TOUR winner Bryson DeChambeau (2013). 2016 Patriot All-America champion, Cameron Champ recently earned full-time status on the PGA TOUR and will be playing on TOUR throughout the 2018-2019 season.
“We’re thrilled to continue our support of this event honoring those who have served or fallen for our country, as well as supporting their families,” said Rob Ginis, Valley Toyota Dealers board officer.
Patriot All-America Invitational participants play for more than themselves or their school. Each golfer honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a golf bag bearing the name of that soldier. Before the tournament, participants receive a card with the soldier’s story, so they can be familiar with who that person was, what they represented and how they were killed or wounded in action. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags are 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.
“We thank the Valley Toyota Dealers for their generous support of the Patriot All-America,” said Karen Conway, executive director, Patriot All-America Invitational. “This event continues to improve, while attracting many of the top amateur golfers from around the world. We are excited about the bright future of this tournament.”
The 2018 Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers 54-hole, stroke play competition will be played December 29, 30 and 31 with a champion crowned at approximately 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The winner of the tournament receives a sponsor exemption into the Web.com Tour’s Wichita Open played June 20 - 23 at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kansas. For more information on The Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers, visit www.patriotallamerica.com.