Vanderbilt's Snedeker Invited to Compete in Prestigious All-America Golf Classic 10/24/02

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt senior Brandt Snedeker is one of the nation's 24 elite golfers to be invited to compete in the 28th annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic Nov. 24-26 in El Paso, Texas. The tournament, hosted by the Sun Bowl Association, will be played at the par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.

Snedeker is coming off his third consecutive tournament victory after claiming medalist honors Tuesday at the Tennessee Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions in Knoxville, Tenn. Prior to this week's win, the Nashville native took the individual titles at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville and the Gary Koch Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

Snedeker has now carded eight consecutive rounds in the 60s and 10 of his 11 rounds this season have been below par. While on this torrid pace, he has dropped his stroke average to 68.36, which leads the SEC by more than two strokes.

In the latest Golfweek/Sagarin Poll, which does not reflect the victory at this week's Tennessee Coca-Cola Tournament of Champions, Snedeker climbed from No. 6 to No. 3 in the nation. In the three tournaments taken into consideration for this poll, Snedeker is 216-1-1 overall, 1-0-1 versus Top-25 players, 10-1-1 against Top-50 players and 20-1-1 versus Top-100 competition.

The 24 competitors at the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will play 36 holes Monday, Nov. 25 and finish the tournament with 18 holes Tuesday, Nov. 26. Also included in the events are a long drive contest and a putting contest.

Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Professional Golfers' Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Davis Love III (1984), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).

Each university is awarded a $1,000-scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournament.

Snedeker and the rest of the Commodores are back in action November 4-5 at The Prestige in Palm Springs, Calif.

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