Maynooth University’s Stuart Grehan got 2017 off a positive start when he finished tied 11th in the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational in Arizona.
The former South and East of Ireland champion, one of Ireland’s big hopes for Walker Cup selection this year, closed with a two under 68 at The Wigwam Resort to finish in the red on one under par.
The Tullamore man was six shots adrift of Texas A&M’s Cameron Champ, who shot 65 to tie with Oklahoma State’s Zachary Olsen (66) on seven under par before winning with a par on the second playoff hole.
Tramore’s Robin Dawson, another Maynooth University star, tied for 33rd on five over par in the 54-hole event following a final round 71.
Each golfer playing in the Patriot All-America carryied a golf bag with the name and branch of service of a fallen or injured military member.
The golf bags will now be shipped to players’ schools and auctioned with all proceeds benefitting the “Folds of Honor Foundation”, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while in active service.
2016 Patriot All-America Invitational, The Wigwam Resort & Spa, AZ
203 Cameron Champ* (Texas A&M), Zachary Olsen (Oklahoma State); 204 Nick Hardy (Illinois), Sahith Theegala (Pepperdine); 205 Sean Crocker (Southern California), Cooper Dossey(Baylor); 206 Nahum Mendoza III(San Diego State), Andrew Whalen (Northwestern); 207 Shintaro Ban (UNLV); 208 Jordan Gumberg(University of Arizona). Others: 209 Stuart Grehan (Maynooth University); 215 Robin Dawson (Maynooth University). *Won on second playoff hole.