Dec. 30, 2013
Air Force senior Kyle Westmoreland holds the 36-hole lead at the prestigious Patriot All-America Invitational on the Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Ariz. Westmoreland, one of 84 participants in the tournament, shot a one-under par 69 in the second round Monday and is at -4 (136), one shot better than Thomas Lim of the University of Oregon, entering Tuesday’s final round.
Westmoreland had three birdies, including one on the par-three 16th to take the outright lead, and two bogeys on Monday. He opened his round with a bogey on the first hole, but rebounded with birdies at 8 and 9 before giving a shot back on the 12th hole.
“It was a good day,” said Westmoreland. “I started off struggling a little bit. I missed a couple of iron shots right but fortunately was able to get a few up-and-down. Then I made a few putts and had a streak of good fortune. I missed a few and left a few out there but all-in-all it was good.”
In cooperation with the Folds of Honor Foundation, each participant in the tournament represents a fallen service member. Westmoreland is representing Air Force Major Lucas Gruenther, an F-16 pilot stationed at Aviano Air Force Base and a 2003 graduate of the Air Force Academy, who was killed on Jan. 28, 2013 during a training mission over the Adriatic Ocean in Italy. Gruenther was a team manager for the golf team all four years at the Academy.
“I am proud of the way Kyle is competing on the national stage,” said Air Force head coach George Koury. “His performance is a testament to how hard he works year round. This is very special since he is carrying the bag of a former cadet we lost earlier this year in an F-16 crash.”
For more information, including results and live scoring, please visit The Patriot All-America tournament website.