Overstreet Five Back at Patriot All-American
LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. – Defending champion and first round co-leader Mason Overstreet shot a 3-over-par 73 Sunday and sits at even par, 5-shots back, at the Patriot All-American Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers at The Wigwam Resort
Isaiah Jackson and Alex Scott share the second round lead at 5-under par (135). Final round action will begin Monday morning (Dec. 31) off both the 1st and 10th tees with a champion crowned at approximately 5 pm.
Jackson, a junior at the University of Memphis from Golden, Mississippi, entered the day tied for first place. His second round 2-under-par 68 included six birdies, with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18 to closeout his round. Jackson is playing in honor of his great grandfather U.S. Army Private First Class Willie B. McGill. Private First Class McGill was killed in combat action on December 4th, 1944.
Alex Scott, a senior from Grand Valley State University, began the day one-shot off the lead. Scott’s second round 3-under-par 67 included five birdies. Like Jackson, Scott also had back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18. Scott is playing in honor of U.S. Army Corporal Jordan E. Goode of Kalamazoo, Michigan. On August 11, 2007 in Zormat, Afghanistan, Corporal Goode was killed when a roadside bomb detonated beneath the truck he was driving. He was 21 years old.
Quade Cummins from the University of Oklahoma (70-66) and Jackson Suber from Ole Miss (69-67) both sit one-shot back at 4-under par (136). Suber is looking to become the second Ole Miss Rebel to win the Patriot All-America, joining teammate Braden Thornberry who was the 2015 Patriot All-America champion.
Now in its 8th year, the Patriot All-America Invitational is a golf tournament unlike any other, as participants play in honor of 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. The Patriot All-America has been honoring fallen or severely wounded soldiers in this unique way since the event’s inception in 2011 and it continues to have a deep impact on the young golfers.
The Patriot All-America Invitational features a field of 84 PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from U.S. Military Academies and universities outside the United States. The Patriot All-America 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. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, volunteer at and support the event.
Patriot All-America alumni now playing on the PGA TOUR, include three-time major winner Brooks Koepka (2011 Patriot participant); Justin Thomas (2011); Daniel Berger (2012); Bryson DeChambeau (2013); and Cameron Champ, the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational champion.
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 and live tournament scoring, visit www.patriotallamerica.com.