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Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2018 QBE Shootout, Web.Com Tour Qualifying, featuring Patton Kizzire, Graeme McDowell, Andy Zhang, Steve Stricker, and Gary Woodland.

The QBE Shootout is a three round team event contested at Tiburón Golf Course in Naples, Florida. Defending champions Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker join top ranked players in the world that includes team 'Bryson DeChambeau - Kevin Na' and team 'Harold Varner III - Bubba Watson.' Tony Finau and the LPGA's Lexi Thompson will pair up again after finishing tied for fourth in 2017.


 

The Best Golf Gifts for 2018

Need to buy a gift for someone in your life that's a golf fanatic? No matter the occasion, it’s always a good idea to get your golf lover a present that they’ll be sure to bring with on the course them. And there are so many excellent gift options for ardent golfers, from a fresh set of balls to a new gadget. If you're looking to splurge on a gift, you might want to consider clubs or rangefinders to help them up their golf game, but if you're on a tight budget you can always pick up something thoughtful like a hat or gloves. Stumped for ideas and not really well versed in the golf genre? Check out some of these best gift for golfers.


2018 Top Picks:

Best Hat: Nike Golf Legacy91 Adjustable Hat

The Nike Golf Legacy91 adjustable hat is the perfect gift because it is universal. Perfect for men and women, junior and senior golfers, this adjustable hat can go with any style of golf attire. The cap is simple, lightweight and breathable. Nike makes this hat with a dry-fit material to keep sweat at bay and leave your head dry.

Available in white, blue, red, yellow and several other colors, you can customize this gift for whomever you wish. A nice Nike hat is the best overall gift option because every golfer enjoys a great hat and it never hurts to have more than one.

Best Budget: Bionic StableGrip Golf Gloves

An affordable gift doesn’t need to be a useless keychain or trinket. Get the golf enthusiast on your list a great golf glove. The Bionic StableGrip golf glove is one of the best gloves on the market due to its tough leather construction and padded palm, but it still costs less than a cart rental.

What makes this glove so great is the way it was made. Bionic’s StableGrip features Lycra between the fingers for a snug fit, perforations for breathability and moisture management and a “second skin” design for the optimal fit. This glove is available in a range of sizes and both hand orientations. This glove is machine washable and available in sizes ranging from small to 3XL.

 

Check out the top 5 shots of the week from the 2018 Hero World Challenge, 2018 PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying School, featuring Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Gibby Gilbert III, Tony Finau, and Alex Noren.


 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 5, 2018) – Military heroes and first responders will have an incredible new venue to enjoy the golf action at the 2018 Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers. Played at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz. December 29th – 31st , the tournament’s new “Salute to Service” venue will be free of charge for all active duty, reserve and retired U.S. military from all five branches of the Armed Forces, plus first responders including law enforcement agencies, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.

DESCLocated adjacent to the 18th green, the Salute to Service venue will be open during tournament action on Saturday, December 29th through Monday, December 31st. Military personnel and first responders (+ one guest) can enjoy great food and drinks (complimentary) and watch golf’s stars of tomorrow in a relaxed and comfortable setting. In order to accommodate as many military heroes and first responders in the Salute to Service venue, official military or department ID’s will be required to gain access, and the one-guest maximum guideline will be strictly enforced.

Now in its 8th year, the Patriot All-America Invitational is a 54-hole, stroke play competition that attracts a top international amateur field of PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States.  The Patriot All-America is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, JDM Partners, The West Valley Mavericks and the Golf Coaches Association of America in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, volunteer at and support the event.

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 29, 2018) – Exactly one year, 9 months and 27 days since he hoisted the Patriot All-America Invitational trophy at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Cameron Champ claimed his first career victory on the PGA TOUR at the Sanderson Farms Championship. In just his 9th start on TOUR, Champ shot 4-under 68 on Sunday at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) for a 21-under 267 total and a four-stroke victory.

“We often say that fans are seeing golf’s stars of tomorrow at the Patriot All-America,” said Karen Conway, executive director, Patriot All-America Invitational. “We knew back in 2016 after he won the Patriot All-America, he’d go on to do great things, but seeing Cameron’s swift rise through professional golf, in a relatively short amount of time, has been incredible to watch. We’re very excited for him.”

Now in its 8th year, the Patriot All-America is regarded as a top international amateur event, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States.  The Patriot All-America is a collaboration between the Arizona Golf Association, JDM Partners, The West Valley Mavericks and the Golf Coaches Association of America in partnership with the Folds of Honor Foundation. The Thunderbirds, hosts of the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open, also volunteer and support the event.

Patriot All-America Invitational participants play for more than themselves or their school. Each golfer honors a fallen or severely injured soldier by carrying a golf bag bearing the name of that soldier. Before the tournament, participants receive a card with the soldier’s story, so they can be familiar with who that person was, what they represented and how they were killed or wounded in action. At the conclusion of the tournament, the golf bags are shipped to players’ schools and auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the Folds of Honor Foundation.

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The 2018 golf season was quite a year for Patriot All-America Invitational alumni. In total, 12 professional tournaments were won, and more than $27 million in prize money was collected by golfers, who just a few years ago were teeing it up on The Wigwam’s Gold Course and competing in the Patriot All-America.

Patriot All-America alum Brooks Koepka captured his second consecutive U.S. Open championship, and his first PGA Championship on his way to securing Player of the Year honors on the PGA TOUR.  That’s three majors over two years for Koepka, who played in the inaugural Patriot All-America in 2011 and finished 18th.

Another 2011 Patriot All-America alum, Justin Thomas also had a stellar year on the PGA TOUR. Thomas won three times – The CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, The Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational – and had 10 Top 10 finishes.

Bryson DeChambeau, a 2013 Patriot All-America participant, won three times in 2018 – the Memorial Tournament, The Northern Trust and The Dell Technologies Championship – and finished third in the 2018 FedEx Cup standings. DeChambeau, along with Koepka and Thomas, also competed on the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup team in France.

Valley Toyota Dealers Association Extends Title Sponsorship Agreement with Patriot All-America Invitational

VALLEY TOYOTA DEALERS ASSOCIATION EXTENDS TITLE SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA INVITATIONAL

PHOENIX, Ariz. (October 9, 2018) – The Valley Toyota Dealers Association, which is comprised of the ten Toyota dealerships across the Phoenix area, have extended their title sponsorship of The Patriot All-America Invitational for the 2018 tournament. Financial terms of the agreement will not be released. The Patriot All-America Invitational presented by the Valley Toyota Dealers will be played at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Ariz., December 29-31 and is regarded as a top international amateur event, attracting PING All-America golfers from all three NCAA Divisions, NAIA and NJCAA rankings as well as from universities outside the United States.  In November 2017, the Valley Toyota Dealers Association and tournament officials started with a one-year title sponsorship agreement for the 2017 tournament, played December 29-31, 2017.

As part of the title sponsorship renewal of The Patriot All-America, the Valley Toyota Dealers Association will receive:

2016 Patriot All-America Champion Cameron Champ Earns PGA TOUR Card

Less than two years after winning the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational, Cameron Champ has earned his PGA TOUR card after finishing fifth on the Web.com money list.

Champ gained national attention in 2017 as an amateur for leading the field in driving distance at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills.  Champ chose to forgo his senior season at Texas A&M, turning his sights to the 2017 Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament instead. After finishing T16 and earning status for the 2018 season, Champ picked up his first professional victory at the 2018 Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank, posting a 24-under 260 to set a new 72-hole tournament record.

At the 2016 Patriot All-America, played December 29-31 at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz., Champ knocked in a one-foot putt for par on the second playoff hole to defeat Zach Olsen of Oklahoma State. Champ entered the final round tied for sixth, three-shots back of second round leader. During his final round, Champ shot a 4-under par 66 (203) that included six birdies and two bogeys to get into the playoff. Meanwhile, Olsen entered the final round tied for eighth, four-shots back. Olsen shot a 5-under par 65 (the best round of the day) to qualify for the playoff.