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Cummins prevails with Sun Bowl All-America playoff birdie
Quade Cummins (Sun Bowl photo)
Quade Cummins (Sun Bowl photo)

EL PASO, Texas (Nov. 20, 2018) – When you gather the best college players in the nation, it takes a very low number to come out on top. For Quade Cummins, that meant a final-round, bogey-free 62 at El Paso Country Club.

Despite that round, Cummins had more work to do at the Sun Bowl Marathan All-America Golf Classic. He had vaulted from a tie for ninth to a tie for first on Tuesday, and only won the title after making one last birdie on the first playoff hole to win.

It was the first time since 2011 that the All-America Classic was decided in a playoff.

“I got it going on the back nine and saw the scoreboard around hole No. 14, and that is when I knew I had a chance if I could keep it going,” said Cummins, a junior at Oklahoma. “I had two par saves on 13 and 14. I hit it in some really bad spots and got them up-and-down to keep my round going and it added up to a 62.”

Cummins, who hails from Weatherford, Okla., had 17 birdies and an eagle over three rounds of play and finished the tournament at 13 under. He tied the record for the best individual round with his final-round 62. Cummins won the 2016 Oklahoma Amateur and was runner-up at the Sunnehanna Amateur this summer. Most recently, he finished the fall season with a runner-up finish at the Ka’anapali Collegiate.

In second place, Georgia’s Spencer Ralston also had a 13-under tournament total that eclipsed his previous best of 12 under set at the 2018 Linger Longer Invitational. He made a tournament-high 19 birdies during the tournament, including nine during his second-round 7-under 64, which matched his personal best from two previous events. He bookended that 64 with rounds of 68.

Clemson’s Bryson Nimmer, of Bluffton, S.C., entered the final round in first but could not keep pace with Cummins, who marked a 10-under-par in on Tuesday. Nimmer shot a 1-under-par 70 in the final round of play.

Information from the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic used in this report

Results: Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic
1OKQuade CumminsWeatherford, OK70072-66-62=200
2GASpencer RalstonGainesville, GA50068-64-68=200
3SCBryson NimmerBluffton, SC40063-68-70=201
4TXBrandon SmithFrisco, TX40071-67-64=202
5GermanyMatthias SchmidGermany40064-67-73=204

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54 hole individual tournament for outstanding men's college players; hosted by the Sun Bowl Association.

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