EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 7, 2015) — Six of the top 50 collegiate players in the United States, representing 17 different universities, are competing at the Western Refining Collegiate All-America Classic this weekend at El Paso Country Club as part of a series of Sun Bowl-affiliated collegiate sporting events.
Notable players in the small 22-player field are 2014 Western Amateur champion Beau Hossler of Texas, former USGA Junior Amateur champion Will Zalatories of Wake Forest, and last year’s runner-up Rico Hoey of USC.
Playing 36 holes on Saturday's opening day, South Florida sophomore Claudio Correa of Chile posted consecutive 3-under-par 68’s and sits atop the leaderboard.
He leads by two shots over East Tennessee State senior Adrian Meronk of Poland. Meronk has fired solid rounds of 70, 68 thus far. Sitting in a tie for third are LSU’s Zach Wright and ASU’s Max Rotluff who each finished their 36 holes at 3-under par. After an opening round 74, Rotluff turned it around drastically on his second 18, tallying 5 birdies and an eagle for a 6-under par 65.
UNLV sophomore John Oda has the low round of the tournament thus far, opening with a 7-under 64. Unfortunately, Oda struggled on his second 18, shooting a 78 to place him back at even- par and in a tie for 8th.
The Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier college golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976. Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ricky Barnes and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 47 majors championships and have earned over $1 billion in career earnings.