Patriot All-America TournamentJanuary 1st, 2018
Saints Golf were presented with an invite to the Patriot All-America, a top ranking US collegiate tournament held at the Wigwam resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
This event is special in that it honours fallen servicemen with the players carrying special golf bags embroidered with the names of these soldiers. At the conclusion of the tournament the bags will auctioned to raise funds for charities nominated by the families of the soldiers.
George Burns and Matthew Myers were the players chosen to represent Saints Golf and they were excited to test their games amongst some of the top amateurs in the world. The course was in excellent condition with the green complexes and speeds making it very difficult, especially as they are so different to what we experience at home. After two days George (75, 72) was sitting at +7 with Matthew a few strokes further back on +11 (74, 77).
Final Day Report
Sergeant Jonathan Mathews & Captain John Mcdermid, gentlemen, I hope we did you proud. It was an honour to carry your names with us.
On the final day of play at the Patriot All-America we displayed some classic Scottish grit to finish as strong as possible. George Burns hit 17 greens on his way to an excellent round of 69 (-1) to finish the tournament at +6, tied for 38th and the top player from a European University.
After enduring a string of bogeys on the front nine to stand at +5 for the day Matthew Myers displayed the attitude we have come to expect from him, by digging in and picking up birdies on the inward 9 he would post a final round of 73 (+3). This would leave Matthew in a tie for 70th at +14.
Mason Overstreet (University of Arkansas), the runner up at the 2017 NCAA Championships cruised to a 6 shot victory with a magnificent final round 64 (-6)
Perhaps not the results we were looking for but as a learning experience playing in this quality of field it has been invaluable and will hopefully stand us in good stead for the second half of the season.
A huge thank you to the organisers for the invitation, to the University for supporting us to come out and of course to the families of Jonathan and John for allowing us to carry their names.