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College All-America Golf Classic Begins With Coultas Finishing Second in Pre-Tournament Blind Flop Contest

College All-America Golf Classic Begins With Coultas Finishing Second in Pre-Tournament Blind Flop Contest

EL PASO, Texas – Under amazing playing conditions, the 2016 Sun Bowl Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic kicked off, Friday, Nov. 11 with the annual long drive, putting and flop contests at the El Paso Country Club.

The Blue Media Blind Flop Contest, the final of the special events held, seemed to be the most challenging of the three contests, although Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura won the event after getting his ball over the wall and within only 7-inches of the cup.  Florida Southern junior John Coultas tied for second with Alabama sophomore Riley Davis as each contestant marked a distance of 1-foot-3-inches.

"I've never been here to El Paso before and these last two days have been amazing. I look forward to the next couple of days," Ventura said.  "I enjoyed it. It was fun and it's a hard shot. I was able to pull it off but it's just fun to be a part of everything."

USC sophomore Justin Suh won the Titleist Long Drive Contest by blasting the ball 338 yards down the fairway, beating Oklahoma State junior Kristoffer Ventura by only three yards. Vanderbilt sophomore Will Gordon placed third with a distance of 334 yards and held the lead for most of the competition.

"I think I am one of the shortest guys out here so it's really cool to out-drive the rest of them," Suh said.

The PING Putting Contest came down to a playoff by the two players from Louisiana State University, sophomores Sam Burns and Luis Gagne. The two Tigers tallied just 26 strokes around the course, which featured obstacles that represented the El Paso culture, but it was Gagne who would come out on top.

The Sun Bowl Association and Western Refining continue to host the event with two rounds of golf set for Saturday, Nov. 12 starting at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. The final round of golf is scheduled for Sunday at 8 a.m. Live scoring will be available online at GolfStat.com, and Coultas will be in the first group teeing off at 8 a.m. (MT). He's paired with University of Arkansas sophomore Charles Kim for the first round.

Top-10 Titleist Long Drive Contest
1. – Justin Suh – USC – 338 yds.
2. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 335 yds.                     
3. – Will Gordon – Vanderbilt – 334 yds.
4. – Sam Burns – LSU – 327 yds.
5. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 326 yds.
6. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 322 yds.
7. – Ryan Cole – James Madison – 314 yds.
8. – Nahum Mendoza III – San Diego State – 311 yds.
T9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 304 yds.
T9. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 304 yds.

Top-10 Blind Flop Contest
1. – Kristoffer Ventura – Oklahoma State – 7"
T2. – John Coultas – Florida Southern – 1' 3"
T2. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 1' 3"
3. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 2' 2"
4. – Charles Kim – Arkansas – 4' 1"
5. – John Oda – UNLV – 5' 8"
6. – Sam Burns – LSU – 7' 3"
7. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 7' 11"
8. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 9' 5"
9. – Rico Hoey – USC – 12' 3"
10. – Justin Suh – USC – 12' 5"

Top-10 PING Putting Contest
1. – Luis Gagne – LSU – 26 strokes
2. – Sam Burns – LSU – 26 strokes
T3. – Rico Hoey – USC – 27 strokes
T3. – John Oda – UNLV – 27 strokes
T3. – Davis Riley – Alabama – 27 strokes
T4. – Patrick Martin – Vanderbilt – 28 strokes
T4. – Justin Suh – USC – 28 strokes
5. – Max McGreevy – Oklahoma – 29 strokes
T6. – Jared du Toit – ASU – 30 strokes
T6. – Tyler McDaniel – Kentucky – 30 strokes
T6. – Stratton Nolen – Oklahoma State – 30 strokes