Whitsett holds on for Patriot All-America title
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Cory Whitsett logged a second off-season victory Friday at the Patriot All-America Invitational. The Alabama sophomore held off teammate Bobby Wyatt to win at Wigwam Resort’s Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
Whitsett also won the Western Refining All-America Classic in a playoff in November. He was one of four Crimson Tide players present at the Patriot, an 84-player event co-hosted by the Folds of Honor Foundation. Each player in the field represented a fallen service member and carried a special golf bag with that individual’s name emblazoned upon it.
“I didn’t get off to the best of starts,” said Whitsett. “I had a par on one. Made good birdies on four and five and got some good momentum going on the back nine. Birdied 10 and bogeyed 11 but played pretty steady from then on in. Had a bunch of good opportunities and converted a few of them. I knew that Bobby (Wyatt) was going to do some good things. He’s been putting too well all week. I felt like any time it was on the green it could have gone in. Sticking to my guns is what I’ve been doing all week and giving myself opportunities and that’s all I needed to do.”
After an opening-round 2-under 69, Whitsett shot the round of the tournament, a 7-under 64, on Day 2. He finished with a 66 for a 14-under 199 total that left him three shots ahead of Wyatt. Arkansas’ Austin Cook and Duke’s Julian Suri were tied for third at 4-under 209.
Joe David of Mississippi and Paul McConnell of Texas-Arlington tied for fifth another shot back.
“It’s great idea first of all, the event,” stated Whitsett. “Obviously nothing’s been done like this before. It’s awesome. They (United States Armed Forces) do so much for us. They’re the reason we’re here today and could compete. I’m just glad that we could help them anyway that we could.”