Jesper Kennegard Finishes Tied For 13th At All-America Classic
Nov. 25, 2008
EL PASO, Texas -- It took two final round charges and a six hole playoff to decide a winner at the 34th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic on Tuesday at the par-71, 6,842-yard El Paso Country Club.
Marquette's Mike Van Sickle sank a seven foot birdie on the sixth playoff hole to capture the title. ASU's Jesper Kennegard finished tied for 13th at 1-over 214 (71-71-72), seven strokes behind the winner.
Van Sickle used a stellar round of 63 on Tuesday to punch his way from 11th place to second place at six-under for the tournament. His 63 was one off of the tournament record. Then the waiting game began.
Oklahoma State's Trent Leon began the day in sixth position at one-under par, but a pair of eagles and four birdies helped the senior from Dallas jump out to eight-under with four holes to play. Bogies on 15, 16 and 17 brought Leon back to the field. He putted for par on 18 to force a playoff with Van Sickle.
It was the 10th playoff in tournament history. The two battled stroke for stroke through the first five playoff holes, but on the sixth playoff hole, Van Sickle, a senior from Wexford, Pa., sank his birdie put to take the title. In the end, it was the longest playoff in tournament history.
In all, 12 of the 27 golfers finished par or better in the tournament. The field averaged a 71.4 stroke average for the tournament, as the weather played a factor in the tournament.
Heading into the day all eyes were on the final group of Charlotte's Corey Nagy, Clemson's Kyle Stanley and Sonoma State's Jarin Todd. But the trio never really got in a groove on Tuesday. Nagy finished tied for fourth and Todd tied for sixth, while Stanley fell into a tie for 13th.
Indiana's Jorge Campillo and USC's Matthew Giles each started the day tied for 11th, but added stellar third rounds to finish third and fourth, respectively.
Each university that has a player participating in the tournament will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Over the past 33 years, the Sun Bowl Association has donated over $625,000 to collegiate golf through this scholarship program.