Nov. 22, 2005
EL PASO, Texas – South Carolina sophomore Mark Anderson (Beaufort, S.C.) shot a 68, one stroke off the best score of the day, in the final round of the 31st Annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic. Anderson finished 28th in the tournament, which featured the nation’s best collegiate golfers and was played at the Par-71, 6,781-yard El Paso Country Club.
A third-team All-American as a freshman in 2005, Anderson was invited to compete in the event. The 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year shot a first-round 81, but battled back with a 73 in the second on Monday.
Vanderbilt’s Luke List captured the title in the event, leading wire-to-wire and finishing 13-under par.
In 2005, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Throughout the years, many Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic competitors have gone on to pursue successful careers in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America and on the PGA Tour. Some of the past champions include Ricky Barnes (2000), Notah Begay (1994), David Duval (1991), Matt Kuchar (1999), Davis Love III (1984), Chris Nallen (2003), Jerry Pate (1974) and Tiger Woods (1995).
Alumni of the Golf Classic have gone on to earn more than $790 million on the PGA Tour. In all, 112 colleges and universities have participated in the tournament, raising more than $540,000 in scholarship money for the participating institutions.
Each university is awarded a $1,000 scholarship if a golfer from that school competes in the tournamen