Dec. 29, 2011
Litchfield Park, Ariz. – Georgia Tech’s Seth Reeves first a 3-under-par 69 and stands two shots off the lead after the first round at the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Reeves had a 73.3 stroke average and one top-5 finish in four fall events for Tech. Sophomore Richard Werenski posted an even-par 72 and is tied for 19th place, and classmate Bo Andrews is tied for 24th after an opening 73. Tech freshmen Ollie Schniederjans (78) and Anders Albertson (79) also are participating.
Florida State’s Koepka took the first-round lead with a 4-under 67 in near-perfect weather conditions on the par 71, 7006-yard Gold Course. Johannes Veerman of Texas A&M is one shot back at 3-under 68. Reeves is in a group of five players at 69, joining Austin Quick of Arizona State, Carlos Rodriguez of West Florida, Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt of Alabama and Andrew Yun of Stanford. Philip Colwell of the Air Force Academy, Austin Cook of Arkansas, Justin Thomas of Alabama and Chase Wright of Indiana are one stroke back in a four-way tie for ninth.
The field for the 54-hole event features 84 collegiate golfers from across the nation, and includes 21 of the world’s top-100 ranked amateurs, with seven of those players having ties to the state of Arizona. Players earning PING All-America honors from the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III plus the NAIA and NJCAA are eligible to be invited to participate in the Patriot All-America.
Additionally, a player from the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies were invited, along with Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) national award recipients, members of the most recent Palmer Cup Teams, American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled as college freshmen.
The Wigwam Golf Club, along with the Arizona Golf Association (AGA) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), is partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot All-America (www.patriotallamerica.com). The AGA is the host organization for the event, while the GCAA administered the player invitations. Senator John McCain and Jerry Colangelo serve as co-chairmen for the event.
To show support for Folds of Honor, each golfer carries a commemorative PING golf bag bearing the name of a fallen soldier from the community in which they live or attend school.
Top 10 Results1. Brooks Koepka 35-32=67 (-4)2. Johannes Veerman 37-31=68 (-3)T3. Austin Quick 36-33=69 (-2)T3. Seth Reeves 35-34= 69 (-2)T3. Carlos Rodriguez 34-35= 69 (-2)T3. Cory Whitsett 35-34= 69 (-2)T3. Bobby Wyatt 34-35= 69 (-2)T3. Andrew Yun 34-35= 69 (-2)T9. Philip Colwell 36-34=70 (-1)T9. Austin Cook 32-38=70 (-1)T9. Justin Thomas 36-34=70 (-1)T9. Chase Wright 36-34=70 (-1)