During the 2016 Patriot All-America Invitational, played December 29-31 at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz., Champ knocked in a one-foot putt for par on the second playoff hole to defeat Olsen. Champ entered the final round tied for sixth, three-shots back of second round leader. During his final round, Champ shot a 4-under par 66 (203) that included six birdies and two bogeys to get into the playoff. Meanwhile, Olsen entered the final round tied for eighth, four-shots back. Olsen shot a 5-under par 65 (the best round of the day) to qualify for the playoff.
“It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for Patriot All-America alumni,” said Karen Conway, executive director, Patriot All-America Invitational. “First, 2015 Patriot All-America champion Braden Thornberry won the NCAA individual golf championship over Memorial Day weekend, then Cameron Champ qualified for the U.S. Open and now Zach is heading to the Air Capital Classic. We’re extremely proud of these fine young men and wish Cameron and Zach best of luck next week.”
The Web.com Tour’s 2017 Air Capital Classic will be played June 8-18 in Wichita, Kansas. Two Patriot All-America alums have won the Air Capital Classic, including defending 2016 Air Capital Classic champion Ollie Schniederjans (2011 and 2012 Patriot participant) and 2014 Air Capital Classic champion Sebastian Cappelen (2011, 2012 and 2013 Patriot participant and 2012 Patriot champion). In fact, four of the top-10 finishers from the 2016 Air Capital Classic are Patriot alumni, including Schniederjans (1st), Collin Morikawa (2nd), Brandon Hagy (4th) and Austin Cook (T6th).