Western Refining All-America Classic Opens with Some Fun

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POSTED: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 11:07pm

UPDATED: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 11:49pm

You could say the wind won the Titleist Long Drive competition on Sunday to open the festivities at the 36th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club.

But that might not be fair to LSU’s Andrew Loupe, who launched a drive 361 yards into a head wind of 15 miles per hour to win the Titleist Long Drive competition. Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein finished second with a drive of 353 yards, while San Diego’s Alex Ching and Oklahoma State’s Kevin Tway tied for third after launching 340-yard drives. The tournament record is 368 yards established last year by Michigan’s Alexander Sitompul, but Loupe’s 361-yard smash is the second longest in tournament history. But for the most part, the head wind kept the distances lower than usual in the fun and competitive event.

The PING Putting Contest saw three players go extra holes, when LSU teammates John Peterson and Loupe tied Georgia’s Russell Henley with cards of 25 on the nine-hole event. Henley walked away victorious on the second playoff hole after finishing third in the event last year. Peterson is the runner-up in the event for the second straight year.

The 36th Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic begins play Monday at 8:00 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club.

The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, is played at the Par-71, 6,862-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), Jerry Pate (1974), Webb Simpson (2007), Nicholas Thompson (2004) and Tiger Woods (1995).

Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.

Titleist Longest Drive Contest Top 15
1. Andrew Loupe (LSU), 361; 2. Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State), 353; 3T. Alex Ching (San Diego), and Kevin Tway (Oklahoma State), 340; 5T. Jesper Kennegard (Arizona State) and Steve Ziegler (Stanford), 338; 7. Harris English (Georgia), 334; 8T. J.T. Griffin (Georgia Tech), and Gregor Main (UCLA), 327; 10. Scott Langley (Illinois), 326; 11. Jordan Russell (Texas A&M), 325; 12. T.J. Howe (Penn State), 322; 13T. Henrik Norlander (Augusta State) and John Peterson (LSU), 321; 15. Derek Ernst (UNLV), 318.

PING Putting Contest Top 15
* 1. Russell Henley (Georgia), 25; 2T. Andrew Loupe (LSU) and John Peterson (LSU), 25; 4T. Cody Gribble (Texas), J.T. Griffin (Georgia Tech), Paul Haley (Georgia Tech), Jonathan Randolph (Mississippi), and Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State), 27; 9T. John Hahn (Kent State) and Ben Kohles (Virginia), 29; 11T. Nick Delio (Cal State-Northridge), Alex Shi Yup Kim (UCLA), Drew Kittleson (Florida State), Henrick Norlander (Augusta State), and Jordan Russell (Texas A&M), 30.

* - Russell Henley won on the second playoff hole over Andrew Loupe and John Peterson.

Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Past Champions
1974 Jerry Pate.............................................. Alabama
1975 Randy Simmons.......................................... Texas
1976 Scott Simpson................................................ USC
1977 Mike Gove ...................................... Weber State
1978 Gary Hallberg.................................. Wake Forest
1979 Tim Norris........................................ Fresno State
1980 Jay Don Blake...................................... Utah State
1981 Willie Wood............................... Oklahoma State
1982 Billy Ray Brown...................................... Houston
1983 John Slaughter........................................ Houston
1984 Davis Love III................................ North Carolina
1985 Sam Randolph............................................... USC
1986 Billy Mayfair................................... Arizona State
1987 No tournament due to pending NCAA legislation
1988 Chris Patton........................................... Clemson
1989 Chris Patton........................................... Clemson
1990 Geoff Griffin..................................... Fresno State
1991 David Duval.................................... Georgia Tech
1992 Robert Damron............................ Central Florida
1993 Chris Riley................................................... UNLV
1994 Notah Begay........................................... Stanford
1995 Tiger Woods........................................... Stanford
1996 Chad Wright.................................................. USC
1997 Alberto Ochoa............................................... TCU
1998 Jeremy Anderson........................................ UNLV
1999 Matt Kuchar................................... Georgia Tech
2000 Ricky Barnes............................................ Arizona
2001 Brad Heaven............................................. Toledo
2002 Adam Rubinson............................................. TCU
2003 Chris Nallen............................................. Arizona
2004 Nicholas Thompson........................ Georgia Tech
2005 Luke List.............................................. Vanderbilt
2006 Chris Kirk................................................. Georgia
2007 Webb Simpson................................. Wake Forest
2008 Mike Van Sickle.................................. Marquette
2009 Hunter Hamrick..................................... Alabama

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