Heading into its 11th year, the Patriot All-American Invitational is elevating its field in a big way.
In July, tournament organizers announced that after 10 years of having only men’s golfers, one of the premier amateur golf tournaments will have a women’s field for the first time at Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona, Dec. 28-31.
The interest to get in the field was sky high.
“We filled the women’s field with the first round of invitations. We were ecstatic. And we filled it within a few weeks,” said Sean Scibienski, chairman for the 2021 Patriot All-American.
“It’s always been a hope and a mission of the tournament to add a women’s field but we had to let the tournament season, make sure we knew what we were doing, work with our partners to fundraise enough to do it,” said Scibienski. “This is the first year we pulled the trigger and we’re super excited. We’re starting with a 42-player women’s field. Our hopes are to grow that. We got a top-notch field this year. We’re super excited to have them.”
The Patriot All-America made the announcement in partnership with the Women’s Golf Coaches Association of America.
“The WGCA is excited to partner with The Patriot,” said Angie Ravaioli-Larkin, WGCA President. “This is so special to our organization especially with our involvement and commitment to The Folds of Honor. What a tremendous opportunity to recognize some of the finest players in women’s college golf while honoring those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
While the inaugural field for the women will be 42 golfers, the men’s field will be 84 players once again. The Wigwam resort has three 18-hole layouts which will allow the men and women to play at the same time. The men will compete on the gold course while the women will tackle the blue.
“It works out pretty nicely. They have three golf courses, but two of them kind of weave in amongst each other,” Scibienski said. “Both golf courses are right next to each other, and several holes kind of intertwine between each other so it really makes for it spectacular for spectator’s access to both the women’s field and the men’s field at the same time. It makes it really easy for them.”
Aside for the field size and the different courses, everything else about the experience will be the same for the male and female competitors, including the unique part of the Patriot All-American.
“Each golfer receives and carries a commemorative Ping golf bag that bears the name and branch of a fallen or wounded hero from their hometown or school,” Scibienski said. That’s been a tradition at the event since it started.
“We like to call it the college bowl game of golf. The players are getting swag items in their rooms every day, they get breakfast, lunch and dinner, a VIP tour of Luke Air Force Base.
“We have a F-35 flyover. The keynote speaker this year is Lt. Dan Rooney, the founder of Folds of Honor. Anything
By: Todd Kelly
Title: Patriot All-America Invitational field elevated with addition of women's field
Sourced From: golfweek.usatoday.com/2021/12/26/arizona-patriot-all-america-invitational-womens-field/
Published Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 20:00:56 +0000