SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Texas A&M’s Dan Erickson and Jimmy Lee fired rounds of 1-over 71 on the first day of the Patriot All-America Invitational and stand just two shots out of the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Standing in a tie for 25th, Erickson and Lee both posted three birdies and 12 pars in their rounds. Illinois State’s David Perkins took the first round lead after torching The Wigwam with a 6-under 64.
Aggie sophomore Sam Bennett, seeing his first action since breaking his collarbone earlier this fall, shot a 2-over 72 and stands in a tie for 37th, and senior Brandon Smith was tied for 76th after posting a 7-over 77.
Honoring the Armed Forces
The Patriot All-America was founded in 2011 and annually features the best of the best in collegiate golf from every NCAA division plus special invitees. Throughout the 54-hole championship, each participant honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a bag bearing the name of that individual.
Name of Honored Soldier
Sgt. 1st Class Justin S. Monschke (U.S. Army)
Staff Sgt. Michael C. Lloyd (U.S. Army)
Gunnery Sgt. John D. Fry (U.S. Marine Corps)
Maj. Shawn M. Campbell (U.S. Marine Corps)
Second Round Pairings
Time | Hole
Texas A&M Player (Playing partners)
10:00 a.m. | 1st
Sam Bennett (Johnny Keefer, Baylor and David Laskin, Arizona)
10:30 a.m. | 10th
Dan Erickson (Hunter Ostrom, Notre Dame and Shiryu Oyo, San Diego St.)
10:40 a.m. | 1st
Jimmy Lee (Blake Wagoner, Arizona St. and Logan McAlister, Oklahoma)
11:50 a.m. | 10th
Brandon Smith (Thomas Garbee, Navy and Cade Osgood, Southwestern)
Results for the Patriot All-America Invitational can be found at www.patriotallamerica.com.