Ludvig Aberg with the Sun Queen and Court (Texas Tech Twitter photo)
(Eslov, Sweden), a freshman at Texas Tech, shot an 1-over 72 on Tuesday to cruise to a four-shot win in the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club.
Aberg led all the way, winning the prestigious event and earning the Lee Trevino Trophy, with rounds of 62-66-72 for a 13-under total. He birdied the 2nd and 3rd holes and coasted home from there.
“Everyone here [in El Paso] was great and it definitely helped me stay loose during the tournament,” Aberg said.
Matthias Schmid (Maxhvette, Germany) finished second with a 9-under-par 204 (68-68-68). Schmid, who plays at Louisville, made his second appearance in the tournament and improved on his fifth-place finish from last year.
Mason Overstreet (Kingfisher, Okla.), who represents the University of Arkansas, finished in a tie for third with Zan Luka Stirn (Slovenia) of Arkansas State. They both finished at 8-under-par 205. In his third and final appearance in the tournament, Overstreet had rounds of 67-69-69, while Luka Stirn tallied rounds of 69-63-73.
Oskar Ambrosius, a native of Viborg, Denmark, represented the hometown school UTEP and finished in a tie for 19th with four other players with a 1-under-par 212. He fired off rounds of 67-72-73. Ambrosius is the first UTEP golfer since Chris Baryla in 2003 to compete in the tournament.
This was the largest field in the 45-year tournament history.
The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur 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 1974.
Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Thomas, Notah Begay 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 53 major championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.
DAY ONE RECAP
Ludvig Aberg (Sweden), a freshman at Texas Tech, shot a 9-under-par 62 in round one to take the lead in the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic and retained that lead by shooting a 5-under-par 66 in round two on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.
Aberg recored a total of 15 birdies in two rounds of play and heads into the final round with a four-stroke lead over Zan Luka Stirn (Slovenia), who shot an 8-under-par 63 in the second round. Aberg made six consecutive birdies in round one, from hole No. 11 to hole No. 16, before parring on 17 and making another birdie on the par four, 18.
“It was a lot of fun out there today and the pace of play was very good. There was no waiting at all,” Aberg said. “Some days where the hole just feels like a bucket and today was one of those days.”
Stirn, a senior at Arkansas State, tallied nine birdies in round two, posting an 8-under-par 63 to move up seven spots from round one to the No. 2 spot. Garett Reband, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and is playing at Oklahoma, is in third place with two-round score of 7-under-par 135.
Phillip Barbaree (Shreveport, La.) of LSU is in a tie for fourth with Mason Overstreet (Kingfisher, Okla.) of Arkansas and Mattias Schmid (Germany) of Louisville. They are all sitting at 6-under-par.
“I just wanted to go out there and see what happens. I need to make a lot of birdies and to give myself chances to move up,” said Barbaree.
The final round of the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic tees off at 8 a.m. (MT) tee times through 8:50 a.m. (MT). The tournament is free and open to the public and everyone is invited to get out and watch future PGA players.
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54 hole individual tournament for outstanding
men's college players; hosted by the Sun Bowl
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