Kohles Opens Play at College All-America Golf Classic
Charlottesville, VA – Virginia junior golfer Ben Kohles (Cary, N.C.) will compete in the 2010 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas starting Monday. The tournament includes 32 competitors and features 36 holes of play Monday at the El Paso Country Club followed by a single round Tuesday. Kohles will tee off at 8:20 a.m. Monday while paired with T.J. Howe of Penn State and Andrew Loupe of LSU.
Kohles posted a 71.75 stroke average in four tournaments this season. He led the team in scoring three times and posted three top-10 finishes including a first-place showing at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate. He is currently ranked No. 23 in the Golfweek individual standings.
The 36th edition of the tournament features returning champion Hunter Hamrick of Alabama, 2010 U.S. Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State) and 2010 NCAA Champion Scott Langley (Illinois). The field includes seven of the top 11 amateur golfers in the world, according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings -Oklahoma State’s Uihlein and Kevin Tway, Illinois’ Langley, Washington’s Chris Williams, Augusta State’s Patrick Reed, and Georgia’s Russell Henley and Harris English.
Last season, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country for the sixth consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
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 Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry Pate (1974), Nicholas Thompson (2004) and Tiger Woods (1995).
2010 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Participants
Player Class Hometown School
Lee Bedford Jr. Cary, N.C. Wake Forest
Bud Cauley Jr. Jacksonville, Fla. Alabama
Alex Ching Jr. Honolulu, Hawai’i San Diego
Nick Delio Sr. Valencia, Calif. Cal State-Northridge
Harris English Sr. Thomasville, Ga. Georgia
Derek Ernst Jr. Clovis, Calif. UNLV
Dylan Frittelli Jr. Pretoria, South Africa Texas
Cody Gribble So. Dallas, Texas Texas
J.T. Griffin Sr. Wilson, N.C. Georgia Tech
John Hahn Sr. Hudson, Ohio Kent State
Paul Haley Sr. Dallas, Texas Georgia Tech
Hunter Hamrick Jr. Montgomery, Ala. Alabama
Russell Henley Sr. Macon, Ga. Georgia
T.J. Howe Sr. Osceola, Pa. Penn State
Jesper Kennegard Sr. Klippan, Sweden Arizona State
Alex Shi Yup Kim Jr. Fullerton, Calif. UCLA
Drew Kittleson Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Florida State
Ben Kohles Jr. Cary, N.C. Virginia
Scott Langley Sr. Manchester, Mo. Illinois
Tain Lee Jr. San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Andrew Loupe Sr. Baton Rouge, La. LSU
Gregor Main Jr. Danville, Calif. UCLA
Eric Mina Sr. Freemont, Calif. California
Henrik Norlander Sr. Danderyd, Sweden Augusta State
John Peterson Sr. Fort Worth, Texas LSU
Jonathan Randolph Sr. Brandon, Miss. Mississippi
Jordan Russell Jr. College Station, Texas Texas A&M
Kevin Tway Sr. Edmond, Okla. Oklahoma State
Peter Uihlein Jr. Orlando, Fla. Oklahoma State
Chris Williams So. Moscow, Idaho Washington
Steve Ziegler Sr. Broomfield, Colo. Stanford