UNITED States-based Zimbabwean amateur golfer Sean Crocker is one of 84 players invited to participate in the Patriot All-America Tournament to be held during the week of December 26-31 at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
The event will highlight top collegians from throughout the country while honouring American military heroes and will be televised throughout the US.
Crocker’s father Gary, a former Zimbabwe Test cricketer, confirmed his son’s participation at the prestigious tournament in an interview with NewsDay Sport saying it was a great honour for him.
“Sean has just received an invitation to play Patriot All-America Tournament at the Wigwam Resort in Arizona from December 26-31. The tournament is held annually to commemorate and recognise fallen American heroes/soldiers. It will be televised and it’s a great honour for him,” Crocker Snr told NewsDay Sport from his base in the US.
The 54-hole amateur event is organised by the Arizona Golf Association, the Golf Coaches Association of America and the Wigwam Golf Resort in conjunction with the tournament’s beneficiary, the Folds of Honor Foundation.
Crocker earned a spot in the star studded field after an impressive start to his college golf career at the University of Southern California.
The young golfer also had a successful junior career, earning 2013 AJGA Rolex All-American honours. Early this year he reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Junior Amateur after tying for first position on the leaderboard in the 36-hole stroke play.
Crocker was born in Harare, Zimbabwe, and taught the game by his father, Gary, who played as a junior before he became a professional cricket player.
Meanwhile, another US-based golfer Nyasha Mauchaza narrowly missed out on securing exemption status on the Web.com after failing to finish inside the top 45 at the final stage of the Web.com Tour qualifying school, which ended on Tuesday.
Mauchaza finished tied position 64 in the gruelling six-round tournament where the top 45 finishers earned full exemption for the 2015 Web.com Tour schedule.
The 26-year-old golfer will, however, have conditional status already secured for the 2015 Web.Com season by virtue of having qualified for the final stage of the Web.com Tour qualifying school.