S: 2011 Patriot All-America
FC: 2013 Patriot All-America
1: 3rd ANNUAL PATRIOT ALL-AMERICA INVITATIONAL December 27-31, 2013 The Wigwam Arizona | FOUNDERS SPONSORS The Thunderbirds Pyramid Hotel Group NIKE | Mission: To provide a bowl like all-star golf competition for the best collegiate players while honoring our military heroes | CLUBHOUSE SPONSORS Gallagher and Kennedy PING Manufacturing West Valley Mavericks | ASSOCIATE SPONSORS AZ Cardinals Costco SRP Victory District | OTHER SPONSORS Action Golf Cart Rentals, Antigua, Foot Joy, Old Pueblo Restaurant, Swank Audio Visuals, Sundog Eyewear,Titleist, Wilhelm Automotive
2: The Emcee for the 2013 Patriot All-America Opening Ceremonies was Brandel Chamblee from the Golf Channel. The ceremonies began with the Air Force Jump Team, Wings of Blue, bringing in the flags.
5: The PING golf bags were positioned on the podium in order as assigned to the players. This was the player's first introduction to the soldier they would be representing.
7: Ceremonies got underway with the presentation of the colors and the singing of the National Anthem by U.S. Navy Counselor 1st Class Steven Powell.
8: The ceremonies included a B-17 flyover, comments by POW Col. Philip E. Smith, Danny Calihan of The Thunderbirds, Litchfield Park Mayor Tom Schoaf and Brigadier General Michael R. Rothstein of Luke Air Force Base.
10: Players were introduced along with the name and rank of the soldier that they would be honoring during the Championship.
11: Each bag had the name, rank and service of a fallen or severely wounded soldier embroidered on the pocket. It also had a story card with highlights of the Honoree's military history
14: The trip to Luke Air Force Base was one of the highlights of the week. Following a short base tour, players spent the rest of the evening in a hangar with a massive American flag and a working F-16 fighter jet. | Players were welcomed by Brigadier General Rothstein.
16: Several players were escorted away for an experience they'll never forget - a ride in an F-16 simulator. Others were taken to the "Hush House" where they test engines by running them at full afterburner. The rest enjoyed a Mexican dinner provided by Old Pueblo and had an opportunity to get to know some of the Air Force personnel.
17: After dinner, players had an opportunity to talk with the enlisted men and women and get a first-hand look at some of their equipment and gear.
19: Some of the players actually donned a bomb suit, a procedure that took about 10 minutes and required assistance from Air Force personnel. Once all suited up, they were told to give them 10 -pushups that is...it was hard enough getting into the suit let alone getting on the ground to do the pushups!
20: Inspirational messages from Major Andy "Wedge" Aduddell, a former Texas All American and aspiring pro golfer who joined the Air Force and became a fighter pilot after the towers went down on 9/11...
21: ...and Major Ed Pulido who was severely wounded on the 17th of August, 2004, when he hit an Improvised Explosive Device (I.E.D) or roadside bomb while serving in Desert Storm.
22: The end of the evening came with the Challenge Coin Exchange, a tradition in the military that began in WW1 when an American soldier, behind enemy lines, used his Harvard Medallion to identify himself as an ally when he stumbled into a French outpost. That medallion saved his life.
23: The exchange ceremony was conducted by Tony Biata from Folds of Honor. The airmen pass the coin to the players via a handshake. Tradition has it that if you tap your coin on the table, the other must produce his. If not, he buys the drinks. If he does, the Challenger buys.
26: SIGNING OF GOLF BAGS What makes the Patriot All-America such a special championship is that it combines athleticism with patriotism. Each participant carries the bag of a soldier that sacrificed his or her life for our freedom. Many of them were the same age as those competing. On the first tee, the player signs his name and school on the pocket of his golf bag. Each player in the group then signs the bag of the other players. It is a very significant and humbling experience for the players. In some instances, they have been so moved that it's been difficult for them to take the club back to start their round. | "FREEDOM IS NOT FREE" Major Ed Pulido, Folds of Honor
27: Golf Bags donated by PING
28: Each day, members of The Thunderbirds announced the players to the tee. The announcement included the player, what school he was from and the name of the soldier he was honoring. An American Flag was placed on each tee and players were announced as they approached the 18th green. | A major sponsor and supporter of the Patriot All-America are The Thunderbirds, a Phoenix-based philanthropic organization that have hosted the Phoenix Open - a PGA Tour event - for 79 years.
30: All but one player honored modern-day American military. Gary Hurley from Ireland honored a World War II veteran John E Mansfield who was from his home town of Dungarven, Co. Waterford.
36: At the end of 72 holes, Kyle Westmoreland, attending school at the Air Force Academy and Tony Hakula, attending the University of Texas were tied at 5-under 205. It took six playoff holes for Westmoreland to win the 2013 Patriot All-America Invitational.
37: He hit his 170 yard approach shot to within 3 feet and sank the birdie putt.
38: Closing Ceremonies The top five finishers each received a replica of an F-16 fighter jet...2nd through 5th also received Air Force flight suit. | Past Champion Sebastian Cappelen attending University of Arkansas representing Navy SEAL Neil C. Roberts 69-70-67=206 (presented by Tom O'Malley) | Thomas Lim attending University of Oregon representing Army Lt. Col. James L. Wiley 70-67-69=206 was not present at the Awards Ceremony
39: Toni Hakula attending University of Texas representing Marine Cpl. Michael C. Ledsome 71-67-67=205 (presented by Gregg Grost) | Taylor Moore attending University of Arkansas representing Marine Sgt. Michael J. Yarbrough 68-70-68=206 (presented by Ed Gowan)
40: The champion was presented with an authentic Air Force flight jacket by Defending Champion Sebastian Cappelen
41: 2013 Patriot All-America Champion Kyle Westmoreland attending United States Air Force Academy representing Air Force Maj. Lucas Gruenther 67-69-69=205
42: PATRIOT COMMITTEE HONORARY CHAIRMAN Jerry Colangelo GENERAL CHAIRMEN Tom O'Malley, JDM Partners Ed Gowan, Arizona Golf Association GENERAL COMMITTEE | Ray Artigue, Artigue Agency Jeff Golner, JFG Consulting Gregg Grost, GCAA Cameron Kohn, JDM Maureen Lamantia, AGA Katie Louis, GCAA | Dustin Roberts, GCAA Tom Shultz, JDM Leo Simonetta, The Wigwam Ron Sites, Fighter Country Fndn Lorraine Thies, AGA | FOLDS OF HONOR Major Ed Pulido Tony Biata TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS Rick Cicci, The Wigwam Alex Tsakiris, AGA Scoreboard: Alex Tsakiris RULES COMMITTEE | Jay Anderson, Scottsdale, AZ Robin Farran, Chandler, AZ Doc Graves, Ahwatukee, AZ John Gusky, Sierra Vista, AZ Missy Jones, Sun City, AZ Rick LaRose, Tucson, AZ Sue May, Las Vegas, NV | Larry McGovern, Las Vegas, NV Jim Moriarty, San Francisco, CA Don Pierce, Surprise, AZ Mike Sweeney, Los Angeles, CA Dennis Walsh, Maricopa, AZ Drew Woods, Vail, AZ