Bama's Hamrick picked for Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic

TUSCALOOSA, AL - Alabama sophomore men's golfer Hunter Hamrick has been selected to compete in the prominent Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic, Nov. 22-24, at the par-71 6,837-yard El Paso Country Club in El Paso, Texas.

The tournament rated as the No. 1 college golf tournament each of the past five years by the Golfweek/Sagarin Index and features numerous All-Americans from last season.

Hamrick is one of eight golfers chosen from the Southeastern Conference, which is tied with the Pac-10 for the most of any conference. Individuals competing include last year's Division-I Player of the Year Matt Hill from North Carolina State and last year's freshman of the Year Morgan Hoffman from Oklahoma State.

Hamrick put together an excellent freshman campaign last year capped off by his first collegiate victory at the NCAA Northeast Regional where he helped the Crimson Tide win its first regional championship. The Montgomery, Ala., native had six top 20 finishes in 11 starts on his way to becoming an honorable mention Ping All-American.

Hamrick has picked up this fall where he left off last year. He started all four events for the Tide and notched three top 20 finishes, including his second career tournament title at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate. Hamrick shot 65 (-5) in the lone round of the rain-shortened Jerry Pate, with birdies on the final four holes to take the title by one stroke.

The elite field will compete in a Titleist Long Drive Contest and Ping Putting Contest on Sunday Nov. 22, before a practice round that afternoon. There will be 36 holes played on Monday, Nov. 23, before the final round and awards ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

Past winners of the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic include successful PGA professionals like David Duval (1991), Davis Love III (1984) and Tiger Woods (1995). Alabama alum Jerry Pate won the title in 1974.