Two Tide Golfers In Major Tourney

EL PASO, Texas – University of Alabama golfers Hunter Hamrick and Cory Whitsett will compete in the 37th edition of the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at the par-71, 6,842-yard El Paso Country Club Monday and Tuesday.

Hamrick is making his third appearance in the All-America Golf Classic after winning the 2009 tournament with a career-low 11-under-par 202 and finishing tied for 10th last year. The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country for the seventh consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Hamrick and Whitsett both had solid fall seasons for Alabama. Whitsett, who is making his first appearance after earning All-America honors as a true freshman, played in all four fall tournaments and posted a 73.17 scoring average. Hamrick also got the start throughout the fall and finished with a 73.42 stroke average, including a fourth-place finish at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate.

Past Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic champions have included Alabama's own Jerry Pate (1974) and Hamrick (2009), along with Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Nicholas Thompson (2004), Webb Simpson (2007) and Tiger Woods (1995).

Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.4 billion and win 571 events on the PGA Tour. In all, 139 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $700,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.

Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament. There will be 36 holes played on Monday beginning at 7:30 a.m. and 18 holes on Tuesday.

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