Strong Field Set for 2020 Patriot All-America Presented By Valley Toyota Dealers
13 Top-100, 29 Too-200 in WAGR to compete for Authentic Air Force Jacket, F-35 Trophy
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – The 10-year anniversary of the Patriot All-America, presented by Valley Toyota Dealers, is proud to announce a standout field set to compete December 27-31, 2020, at Wigwam Golf Club. The 54-hole stroke play event features 84 of the world’s most elite amateur golfers from top programs including Pepperdine, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Baylor and Vanderbilt.
Noah Norton, a senior standout at Georgia Tech, returns to defend his 2019 title. Norton is joined by fellow former champions Mason Overstreet from the University of Arkansas (2017) and Isaiah Jackson from the University of Memphis (2018), each attempting to become the first player to win two Patriot All-America titles.
The dynamic field is comprised of PING All-Americans from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA in the collegiate ranks; American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) All-Americans; and a member from each U.S. Military Academy. 29 of the world’s top-200 golfers will compete for the coveted F-35 trophy on the 31st of December.
Top-100 golfers in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, as of December 27, 2020, include:
NAME| SCHOOL| WAGR Ranking
Mason Andersen, Arizona State – 94
Puwit Anupansuebsai, San Diego State – 71
Sam Choi, None – 33
Angus Flanagan, Minnesota – 41
Palmer Jackson, Notre Dame – 90
Yuxin Lin, Florida – 16
Maxwell Moldovan, Ohio State – 62
Noah Norton, Georgia Tech – 43
David Perkins, Illinois State – 34
Turk Pettit, Clemson – 79
Jackson Suber, Ole Miss – 82
Patrick Welch, Oklahoma – 92
Trevor Werbylo, Arizona – 50
The Patriot All-America honors fallen or severely wounded soldiers in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The golfers receive a golf bag donated by PING Corporation at the event’s opening ceremony emblazoned with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member whom they shall represent. Participants also receive a card with the soldier’s story so they can be familiar with that soldier.
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.
The Patriot All-America is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, Golf Coaches Association of America, JDM Partners and the West Valley Mavericks in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation and support from the Thunderbirds, the Waste Management Phoenix Open host.
About The Patriot All-America Invitational
Featuring golf’s stars of tomorrow, 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) partnering with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the tournament. For more information visit patriotallamerica.com.
About Wigwam Golf Club
The Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort, with 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. The Gold Course has hosted many signature tournaments over the years, including numerous U.S. Open Qualifiers, U.S. Amateur Qualifiers, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational, one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,430 yard, par 72 track has also received various industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including being named one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in America.” In December 2009, The Wigwam (including the golf courses and resort property) was purchased by JDM Partners, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo. For more information, please visit www.wigwamgolf.com.
About Arizona Golf Association
The Arizona Golf Association has been serving amateur golfers in Arizona since 1923 when it held the first State Amateur Championship. Today, it is licensed by the United States Golf Association to provide handicapping and course rating services to member clubs, to provide tournament and rules expertise and to oversee the application of amateur status.
About Golf Coaches Association of America
Established in 1958, the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) is the professional organization of golf coaches. The GCAA’s mission is to support its member coaches by creating educational opportunities, providing resources, and promoting its members with the purpose of enhancing their overall performance as coaches, mentors, and teachers. The GCAA also recognizes the excellence and achievements of its members and their student-athletes in academic, athletic and civic endeavors.