Crouch leads Patriot All-America
29 Dec 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Patriot All-America Golf Tournament, The Wigwam - Gold Course, Tim Crouch Profile

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (Dec. 29, 2013) -- Tim Crouch of Florida Southern fired a 4-under 66 and holds a one-shot lead after the first round of play at the 2013 Patriot All-America at the Wigwam Resort's Gold Course.

Crouch leads a field loaded with 2012-2013 All-Americans from all divisions entering the second of three rounds on Monday.

Crouch tallied four birdies, including a three on the 426-yard par-4 18th to put him a shot up on the field.

“Basically, I wanted to get off to a good start," said Crouch. “I got off to a little shaky start with a bogey on No. 3 that put me 1-over after three holes. I was able to calm down, relax and play my game. I birdied No. 5 - the par 4 there — and was able to rattle off four or five birdies between seven and 14. I played pretty well through that stretch. I just wanted to get into the house with 16, 17 and 18 being pretty tough holes. I have a good feeling getting one in but I’ve got a lot more work to do.”

Air Force's Kyle Westmoreland shot 3-under 67 and sits alone in second place. He was pacing the field before a pair of bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18 to close out his round.

Defending champion Sebastian Cappelen of Arkansas is among five players tied for fifth place at 1-under 69. Cappelen joins Florida State's Hank Lebioda, Matt Weeks, Cal's Pace Johnson and Texas A&M's Ty Dunlap.

Launched in 2012 to keep collegiate golfers in action during what's widely considered college football bowl season, the Patriot All-America field is comprised of 84 of the previous season's Ping All-Americans from all three NCAA divisions as well as recognized All-Americans from the NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA.

The 54-hole event is put on by the Arizona Golf Association, the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Wigwam Golf Resort and goes to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation.

ABOUT THE Patriot All-America

The Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA), in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation present the Patriot All- America Invitational. It's one of the most unique events in all of golf.

84 top collegiate players named to the PING All- America team in NCAA Division I,II and III, NAIA and NJCAA, AJGA, one player from each military academy and select international players compete in a 54- hole championship.

Each player honors our military by carrying a bag with the name, rank and service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. Following the championship, the bags go to the players’ school for auction, with proceeds benefiting the Folds of Honor.

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