LITCHFIELD, Ariz. – Freshman Thomas Lim finished his first term as a collegiate athlete with a bang, tying for third place (70-67-69—206) at the third annual Patriot All-America. The 54-hole tournament was invitation only and featured All-Americans from the collegiate ranks as well as the NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA. The four-day event was held at the Wigwam Golf Resort and played on the par-71 gold course.
In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, each of the 84 participants represented a fallen service member. Lim represented Lt. Col. James L. Wiley of the U.S. Army, a North Bend, Ore., native. Wiley was a member of the 27th Brigade Combat Team from the New York Army National Guard.
“I think the tournament is a great way to support our military and it also gives players an opportunity to connect with the foundation, said head coach Casey Martin. “I think it’s a great tournament, it’s getting better every year and it’ll continue to be a staple of the amateur golf tournament.”
Kyle Westmoreland – a senior at the Air Force Academy – defeated University of Texas senior Toni Hakula on the sixth playoff hole to win the prestigious tournament after both players shot their way into a tie at 5-under par (205) on the final hole in regulation.
Lim had a quiet first day at the tournament, shooting even par, and only sank a birdie on the fourth hole and a bogey on the 10th. The freshman had a much better second round firing a 3-under par performance thanks to four birdies – three of which came on the back nine – and finished his round with a bogey on the 18th hole.
The Moorepark, Calif., native saved his best for last and carded a 4-under score on the third and final round of play. With five birdies on the final 18 holes, Lim put himself in position to win the tournament outright had he not shot back-to-back bogies on the 14th and 15th holes and a double-bogey on the third hole.
“It’s hard to win golf tournaments wherever, so that’s a great learning experience to learn how to handle the nerves and the pressure,” said Martin. “He’ll be better for it when he’s in that situation, hopefully soon.”
The Ducks have a month left to prepare for their first tournament of the 2014 season on Feb. 5-7 at the Amer Ari Invitational on the Waikoloa Kings Course in Waikoloa, Hawaii.For more information about the Folds of Honor Foundation, click here.
For more information about the Patriot All-America, click here.