The last amateur golf title of 2020 will go to Graysen Huff. The Auburn senior put together a clean card in the final round of the Patriot All-America at the Gold Course at Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona, and clinched the title by two shots.
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Huff’s final-round 67 included five birdies and moved him to 8 under for the tournament.
Dan Bradbury of Lincoln Memorial University finished second at 6 under while Clemson’s Turk Pettit and Oklahoma’s Logan McAllister tied for third at 4 under. All three of those players fired closing rounds of 66 on Thursday.
The Patriot All-America Invitational started in 2011 and features a cross-section of college golf talent from all divisions.
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It has been a busy summer – and fall – for Huff, but despite contending in several events in 2020, to the tune of five top-10 finishes in major college and amateur events, Huff had yet to close one out.
Until New Year’s Eve.
With the Patriot All-America title, Huff, from Eagle, Idaho, claims his first major victory since tying for individual medalist honors at the 2019 SEC Championship.
Entering the final round at the Wigwam Resort, Huff had a one-shot lead. A second-round 70 in chilly, blustery conditions was key in allowing him to maintain the lead position entering the final round. Huff battled for that score, overcoming a double-bogey on the par-4 second at the start of his day. He recovered to play the rest of the round in 2 under.
“You can’t win a tournament in the first two days – the last day is when you go out and win,” said Huff, who finished T-12 in the 2019 Patriot All-America Invitational.
He made good on that statement to end the year.
Patriot All-American champions
2020 – Graysen Huff, Auburn
2019 – Noah Norton, Georgia Tech
2018 – Isaiah Jackson, Memphis
2017 – Mason Overstreet, Arkansas
2016 – Cameron Champ, Texas A&M
2015 – Braden Thornberry, Ole Miss
2014 – Kyle Kochevar, Virginia
2013 – Kyle Westmoreland, Air Force
2012 – Sebastian Cappelen, Arkansas
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