Nov. 18, 2007
Georgia Tech’s Cameron Tringale and Chesson Hadley are part of an elite field of All-America golfers who will begin competition Monday at the 33rd annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso.
Thirty collegiate All-Americans from 2006 will begin play in the 54-hole event at 10 a.m. ET at the El Paso Country Club. Tringale will tee off at 10:24 a.m., Hadley at 10:32 a.m. The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is played at the Par-71, 6,817-yard El Paso Country Club.
Tringale, a second-team All-American two straight years, and Hadley, an honorable mention All-American in 2006, have paced Georgia Tech’s golf team to a fine fall season. The Yellow Jackets recorded one runner-up finish and two third-place finishes in four team events, while the two individuals posted four top-10 finishes between them.
Hadley, a sophomore from Raleigh, N.C., led the squad in stroke average (69.78) and won the Carpet Capital Collegiate in September. He has finished in the top 10 of six consecutive events dating back to last spring. Tringale, a junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., tied for third at the Brickyard Collegiate for his best fall finish, and posted a 73.33 stroke average.
Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include three Georgia Tech players — David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999) and Nicholas Thompson (2004).
Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.
Western Refining College All-AmericaGolf Classic Past Champions1974 Jerry Pate, Alabama1975 Randy Simmons, Texas1976 Scott Simpson, USC1977 Mike Gove, Weber State1978 Gary Hallberg, Wake Forest1979 Tim Norris, Fresno State1980 Jay Don Blake, Utah State1981 Willie Wood, Oklahoma State1982 Billy Ray Brown, Houston1983 John Slaughter, Houston1984 Davis Love III, North Carolina1985 Sam Randolph, USC1986 Billy Mayfair, Arizona State1987 No tournament due to pending NCAA legislation1988 Chris Patton, Clemson1989 Chris Patton, Clemson1990 Geoff Griffin, Fresno State1991 David Duval, Georgia Tech1992 Robert Damron, Central Florida1993 Chris Riley, UNLV1994 Notah Begay, Stanford1995 Tiger Woods, Stanford1996 Chad Wright, USC1997 Alberto Ochoa, TCU1998 Jeremy Anderson, UNLV1999 Matt Kuchar, Georgia Tech2000 Ricky Barnes, Arizona2001 Brad Heaven, Toledo2002 Adam Rubinson, TCU2003 Chris Nallen, Arizona2004 Nicholas Thompson, Georgia Tech2005 Luke List, Vanderbilt2006 Chris Kirk, Georgia
2007 Field For The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic
Victor Almstrom, Junior, Vallingby, Sweden, Minnesota Jonas Blixt, Senior, Hammaro, Sweden, Florida State George Bryan IV, Sophomore, Chapin, S.C., South Carolina Kevin Chappell, Senior, Fresno, Calif., UCLA Jon Curran, Junior, Hopkinton, Mass., Vanderbilt Clinton Dammann, Senior, Glencoe, Minn., St. John’s (Minn.) Andrew DiBitetto, Senior, Rochester, N.Y., Charlotte Derek Fathauer, Senior, Jensen Beach, Fla., Louisville Aaron Goldberg, Senior, Encinitas, Calif., San Diego State Chesson Hadley, Sophomore, Raleigh, N.C., Georgia Tech Billy Horschel, Junior, Grant, Fla., Florida Andrew Landry, Junior, Port Neches, Texas, Arkansas Lucas Lee, Junior, Torrance, Calif., UCLA Trent Leon, Junior, Dallas, Texas, Oklahoma State Brian Locke, Junior, Los Angeles, Calif., Loyola Marymount Corey Nagy, Sophomore, Charlotte, N.C., Charlotte Lindsay Renolds, Senior, Hilton Head, S.C., Coastal Carolina Matt Savage, Junior, Louisville, Ky., Florida State Michael Schachner, Senior, Libertyville, Ill., Duke Gareth Shaw, Senior, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, East Tennessee State Webb Simpson, Senior, Raleigh, N.C., Wake Forest Joel Sjoholm, Senior, Gothenburg, Sweden, Georgia State Kyle Stanley, Sophomore, Gig Harbor, Wash., Clemson Zach Sucher, Junior, Mobile, Ala., UAB Jarred Texter, Senior, Millersville, Pa., UNLV Cameron Tringale, Junior, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Georgia Tech Mike Van Sickle, Junior, Wexford, Pa., Marquette Dan Woltman, Junior, Beaver Dam, Wis., Wisconsin