Prugh and Olson Invited to All-America Classic

Oct. 29, 2004

Seattle - Washington sophomores Alex Prugh and Erik Olson are among 30 golfers invited to play in this year's Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at the El Paso Country Club Nov. 21-23. This is the 30th year of the event.

Prugh and Olson were both named honorable mention selections to the 2004 PING All-America squad while helping the Huskies to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Prugh currently leads Washington with a 71.82 stroke average and has recorded three top-three finishes this fall. He is ranked 24th in the latest Golfweek standings. Olson's stroke average stands at 74.45.This year's tournament features five Golfweek preseason first team All-Americans - Anthony Kim (Oklahoma), Luke List (Vanderbilt), Spencer Levin (New Mexico), Jeff Overton (Indiana) and Michael Putnam (Pepperdine). In all, 20 players in the field earned preseason All-America honors.

Four of the top six players on the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index are in the 2004 Golf Classic Field, led by the nation's top player Levin, who was the low amateur at the 2004 U.S. Open. Texas junior Matthew Rosenfeld ranks fourth on the list, while Indiana's Jeff Overton and Duke's Ryan Blaum are fifth and sixth, respectively.The 2004 field was extended to a record-high 30 golfers due to the 42 eligible All-Americans. The largest previous field was in 1983 and again in 1997, when 27 golfers competed in the Golf Classic.Three players will be returning from last year's field - Putnam, Rosenfeld and Arizona State's Alejandro Cañizares, who won the 2003 NCAA Championships as a freshman.The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is played at the Par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.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 Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.Schedule of Events (times are MST):Sunday, Nov. 21Titleist Long Drive Contest (9 a.m.)Ping Putting Contest (10 a.m.)Practice round (noon)

Sunday, Nov. 22First and second rounds, 36 holes (7:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, Nov. 23Final round, 18 holes (7:30 a.m.)Trophy presentation (following final round, approximately 1 p.m.)

2004 Field For The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

Ryan Blaum, DukeAlejandro Cañizares, Arizona StateCarlos Del Moral, OklahomaWill Dodson, SMUJudd Easterling, Wichita StateTy Harris...Senior, Georgia StateBen Hayes, USCJeff Hood, CaliforniaAnthony Kim, OklahomaKevin Kisner, GeorgiaBronson LaCassie, MinnesotaMark Lamb, ArizonaMark Leon, Penn StateTyler Leon, Oklahoma StateSpencer Levin, New MexicoLuke List, VanderbiltTodd Miller, BYUAlex Norén, Oklahoma StateBrian O'Flaherty, PepperdineErik Olson, WashingtonJeff Overton, IndianaAlex Prugh, WashingtonMichael Putnam, PepperdineMatt Rosenfeld, TexasChan Song, Georgia TechNathan Smith, DukeNicholas Thompson, Georgia TechBrendon Todd, GeorgiaLee Williams, AuburnMatt Wells, Kentucky