M. Golf: Brandt Snedeker incredible athlete

Brandt Snedeker has had an incredible run on the golf course the past few weeks. He has won three consecutive tournaments, climbed to #3 in the nation and been invited to a tournament of the nation's 24 elite collegiate men golfers.

Tuesday Snedeker won his third consecutive tournament and the Commodores tied for third as a team at the Tennessee Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn. The Tournament was played at the par-72, 6,932-yard Holston Hills Country Club.

In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Poll, which does not reflect the victory at this week's Tennessee Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, Snedeker moved up from No. 6 to No. 3 after claiming his second consecutive tournament championship with a nine-under-par score of 135 at the rain-shortened Gary Koch Intercollegiate. This came on the heels of his tournament win with a 12-under-par score of 198 at the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

Snedeker has now carded eight consecutive rounds in the 60s and 10 of his 11 rounds this season have been below par. While on this torrid pace, he has dropped his stroke average to 68.36, which leads the SEC by more than two strokes.

Because of his recent exploits, Snedeker is one of the nation's 24 elite golfers to be invited to compete in the 28th annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Nov. 24-26 in El Paso, Texas. The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, will be played at the par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.

The 24 competitors at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will play 36 holes Monday, Nov. 25 and finish the tournament with 18 holes Tuesday, Nov. 26. Also included in the events are a long drive contest and a putting contest.

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).

Vanderbilt is back in action November 4-5 at The Prestige in Palm Springs, Calif.

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