Devine was consistent all weekend, shooting a 212 (71-71-70) and rolling in 10 birdies in the 54-hole event.
The Patriot All-America Invitational is an annual event that features PING All-Americans from the previous season in NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as All-Americans from the NAIA, NJCAA and AJGA ranks.
In addition to the top-tier golf, the event also goes above and beyond to honor military heroes. As part of the event, golfers carried a commemorative golf bag that bears the name and branch of a fallen or wounded hero. On her bag, Devine honored the fallen Cpl. Damon LeGrand, who was killed on June 12, 2007 while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“I had the honor of participating in the Patriot All-America tournament, dedicated to soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Devine said. “The experiences I had and the opportunity to be part of such a prestigious tournament will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was privileged to carry Corporal Damon LeGrand from the US Army’s bag for the week. At the opening ceremonies, it was shared that we were ‘giving these soldiers one last call, one last mission, and one last tour’ and playing for something bigger than golf was eye-opening and truly an honor. The Patriot All-America was a life-changing week and I hope to be able to be a part of it in the future.
Rutgers University Women’s Golf /// Piscataway, N.J.