Clarke University senior Josh Udelhofen has been invited to compete in the third annual Patriot All-America Invitational, slated for Dec. 29-31 in Litchfield Park, Arizona. The 54-hole event will be contested at the iconic The Wigwam Resort.
The Golf Coaches Association of America extended an invitation to the Platteville, Wis., native on behalf of the Arizona Golf Association, The Wigwam, and the tournament's charitable partner—the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The 84-player field will consist primarily of individuals who earned PING All-America honors last season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA and NJCAA Divisions I and II. Additionally, a member from the United States Military, Naval and Air Force Academies are invited as well as GCAA national award recipients, members of the most recent Palmer Teams, AJGA All-Americans and Toyota Junior Golf World Cup participants currently enrolled in their freshman year of college.
Udelhofen earned third-team PING NAIA All-America honors following his junior season.
The inaugural Patriot All-America received an "A" rating for the World Amateur Golf Ranking and was recognized as one of the top 35 tournaments worldwide by Scratch Players.
In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, each participant in the Patriot All-America Invitational shall represent a fallen service member. Every player will be presented a golf bag at the event's opening ceremony to use during the competition. The bag will be emblazoned with the name and branch of service of a fallen military member. At the conclusion of the event these golf bags will be auctioned by the respective athletic departments of participating student-athletes with all proceeds designated for the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our great nation.
Udelhofen is a two-time Midwest Collegiate Conference All-Conference selection and a three-time Clarke MVP. To date this season, Udelhofen has claimed medalist honors at the Clarke University, Loras College and University of Dubuque invitationals. He was named the runner-up medalist this past weekend at the AIB Invitational following a scorecard tiebreaker.