Mackenzie Makes Return Trip to College All-America Golf Classic
Nov. 19, 2002
Seattle - Washington junior All-American Brock Mackenzie joins a field of 24 players for the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso Nov. 24-26. It marks the second consecutive year Mackenzie has been invited to the event. Last year he finished eighth after shooting even-par 213.
The 28th annual golf tournament will feature 2002 U.S. Amateur Champion and 2000 Golf Classic Champion Ricky Barnes (Arizona), as well as the defending Golf Classic Champion Brad Heaven (Toledo).
The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is at the par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.
This year's event includes a Long Drive and Putting Contest on Sunday, Nov. 24. The first 36 holes of competition take place Monday, Nov. 25. The final 18 holes take place on Tuesday.
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 Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Davis Love III (1984), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).
The Golf Classic has featured 16 U.S. Amateur Champions, with Barnes being the 17th champion to compete in the tournament.
Each university is awarded a $1,000-scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.
Following is a list of the 2002 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic participants:
Matt Anderson (senior at Minnesota) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Helped lead Minnesota to NCAA title by finishing eighth ... Posted three top-10 finishes ... Qualified for 2001 U.S. Amateur.
Ricky Barnes (senior at Arizona) is 2002 U.S. Amateur Champion ... Named Honorable Mention All-American ... Qualified for 2002 U.S. Open ... Tied for first at NCAA West Regional ... Shattered Golf Classic record by five strokes en route to capturing 2000 title.
Ramon Bescansa (senior at North Carolina) was named Honorable Mention All-American... Was runner-up at Intercollegiate at Finley, shooting a second-round season low of 64 ... Tied for 13th at NCAA Championships.
Dustin Bray (junior at North Carolina) was named Second Team All-American ... Captured Atlantic Coast Conference title ... Competed at USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships ... Won 2002 Cardinal Amateur title ... Was a semifinalist at 2002 U.S. Amateur.
Brendon De Jonge (senior at Virginia Tech) was named Second Team All-American ... Is all-time Virginia Tech stroke average leader ... Had 10 top-10 finishes ... Won titles at Alleghany Amateur (2001, 2002), Pocahontas Amateur (2001) and Zimbabwe National Amateur (1999).
Jason Hartwick (junior at Texas) was named Third Team All-American ... Placed third at Big 12 Conference Championship, earning all-tournament honors ... Was semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award ... Qualified for the 2000 and 2002 U.S. Amateur.
Brad Heaven (junior at Toledo) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Sank a 40-foot putt to birdie the final hole and capture the title at last year,s Golf Classic ... Named 2002 Mid-American Player of the Year ... Claimed 2001 Toledo Amateur title.
John Holmes (sophomore at Kentucky) was named Third Team All-American ... Won Johnny Owens and Marshall Invitationals ... Claimed 2002 Kentucky Men,s State Amateur title ... Named to Softspike All-Freshman Team and All-Southeastern Conference First Team.
Ryan Hybl (junior at Georgia) was named First Team All-American and All-Southeastern Conference ... Placed second at SEC Championships ... Member of victorious 2002 United States Palmer Cup Team ... Tied for second at 2001 Southeastern Amateur.
J.J. Jakovac (junior at Chico State) is NCAA Division II Champion ... Named First Team All-American ... Recipient of Arnold Palmer Award ... Selected as California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year.
Eric Jorgensen (senior at Michigan State) was named Third Team All-American ... Led Spartans with 72.0 stroke average, a school record ... Captured Big Ten Championship title ... Named to All-Big Ten Conference Team and All-Midwest Region First Team.
Shiv Kapur (junior at Purdue) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Tied for 13th at NCAA Championships and at Big Ten Championship ... Captured titles at 2000 Malaysian Amateur Championship, Indian Open Championship and All-India Junior Championship.
John Kidwell (senior at Oklahoma) was named Third Team All-American ... Tied for second at Big 12 Championship, posting career-best 64 in the first round ... Named to All-Big 12 Conference Team ... Named to 2001 all-district team.
James Lepp (sophomore at Illinois) was named Honorable Mention All-American and 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Earned All-Big Ten Team honors ... Placed third at Big Ten Championship ... Tied for 13th at NCAA Championships.
Brock Mackenzie (junior at Washington) was named Second Team All-American ... Won Cleveland Golf Classic ... Named to All-Pac-10 Conference First Team ... Member of 2002 Palmer Cup Team ... 2002 Pacific Coast and 2001 Washington State Amateur Champion.
John Merrick (junior at UCLA) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Named to All-Pac-10 Conference Second Team ... Tied for second in stroke play at 2002 U.S. Amateur ... Won 2001 Southern California Amateur title and was runner-up in 2002.
Ryan Moore (sophomore at UNLV) was named Honorable Mention All-American and Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year ... Tied for eighth at NCAA Championships ... Earned All-MWC honors ... Qualified for U.S. Open ... Won 2002 USGA Amateur Public Links.
Chris Nallen (junior at Arizona) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Named to All-Pac-10 Conference First Team ... Advanced to second round of match play of U.S. Amateur ... Competed in USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championships, finishing 3-0.
Chris Noel (junior at Tulsa) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Led Tulsa at both NCAA Championships and NCAA Central Regional, finishing 17th and 12th, respectively ... Had two top-10 finishes and seven top-20 finishes ... Had 13 under-par rounds.
Chris Noll (junior at Wesley College) is NCAA Division III Champion ... Captured five tournament titles last spring ... Was runner-up at Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Tournament ... Named to all-conference first team ... Placed second at 2001 Delaware Amateur.
Adam Rubinson (senior at TCU) was named Honorable Mention All-American ... Was runner-up at NCAA Championships ... Named to All-Conference USA Team ... Qualified for 2001 U.S. Amateur ... Was runner-up at 2002 Western Amateur.
Justin Smith (junior at Minnesota) was named Third Team All-American ... Led Minnesota to national championship title by finishing tied for fourth ... Tied for first at NCAA West Regional ... Qualified for 2001 and 2002 U.S. Amateur.
Brandt Snedeker (senior at Vanderbilt) was named Second Team All-American ... Received First Team All-Southeastern Conference honors ... Was 3-0 at USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship ... Qualified for 2001 U.S. Amateur.
Justin Walters (senior at North Carolina State) was named Third Team All-American ... Earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors ... Tied for sixth at NCAA Championships ... Won titles at The Nelson and Chris Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitationals ... Had five top-five finishes.