EL PASO, Texas- Texas A&M’s Walker Lee and Brandon Smith were two of 29 golfers invited to the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic, one of the most prestigious men’s college golf events.
The 54-hole event, which runs from November 18-20 at El Paso Country Club, counts for Lee and Smith’s individual scoring averages and rankings, but does not count against the team’s maximum amount of competition days.
Smith was invited after notching Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2017-18 with a 71.84 stroke average, the sixth-best in Texas A&M history. Smith is second on the squad with a 72.25 stroke average this fall, and has notched two top-10 finishes.
Lee, who is averaging 73.11 strokes per round this season, including a tournament victory at the Maridoe Intercollegiate. He earned an invite to the event with a World Amateur Golf Ranking of 128.
The Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is one of the premier amateur golf tournaments in the country. Some of golf’s brightest stars have traveled to El Paso to compete in the tournament since its inaugural year in 1976.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Thomas, John Daly, Jim Furyk and Jerry Pate are just a handful of past participants who went on to have successful PGA careers. College All-America Golf Classic Alumni have combined to win 52 major championships and have earned over $2 billion in career earnings.
The annual event starts with the Titleist Long Drive Contest and PING Putting Contest on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 10 a.m. The best opportunity for fans to get photos with the future PGA players and obtain autographs is on Sunday immediately following the two contests.
Rounds one and two are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 with a shotgun start scheduled for 9 a.m. while the final round is set for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Lee Trevino Trophy is presented to the winner immediately following Tuesday’s play.