Nov. 22, 2011
EL PASO, Texas — University of Iowa senior Chris Brant tied for 21st place at the 2011 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Brant was one of 27 NCAA Division I men’s golfers to be invited to the event, held at the El Paso Country Club.
Brant finished with a 54-hole total of 223 after firing a final round 76 (+5). After bogeying three of his first four holes, Brant got back to +1 with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes. Brant played the front nine at +2 as he tallied a birdie on his final hole — the par five ninth.
Brant’s 54-hole total topped two players inside the top 70 golfstat.com rankings, including one top 10 player.
Brant is the first Hawkeye men’s golfer to compete in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic.
The field includes seven of the top 11 amateur golfers in the world, according to the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings. Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to successful professional careers. Some of the past champions include Webb Simpson (2007), Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), and Tiger Woods (1995). Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $1.4 billion and won 561 events on the PGA TOUR.
Each university represented in the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Brant and the Hawkeyes return to action at the Big Four Match-Play Challenge on Feb. 4 in Phoenix, Ariz.