LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ (dsroadrunners.com) -- Dalton State junior golfer Sean Elliott finished tied for 36th after Wednesday's second round of the three-day, 54-hole Patriot All-America invitational at the par-71 Wigwam Golf Resort in Litchfield Park, near Phoenix.
The tournament features All-Americans in NCAA D-I, D-II, and D-III as well as NAIA, NJCAA, and AJGA. The elite 84-player honors those who have been killed or disabled in military service of America.
Elliott (78-74=151) had 15 pars and 3 bogeys on Wednesday. He is 12-strokes behind second day leader Adam Wood (69-70=139) of Duke University. Braden Thornberry (73-67=140) of Ole Miss Is now in second place. First day leader Federico Zucchetti (68-78=146) of Texas Tech, a native of Gozzano, Italy, dropped into a tie for 12th.
Coastal Georgia's Trevor Smith (72-78=150) fell into a 7-way tie for 27th. Taylor Davis (81-73==154) from Lee University improved to a 6-way tie for 48th.
Elliott is carrying a golf bag in memory of Army Staff Sergeant Jeremy A. Katzenberger of Weatherby Lake, Missouri. Staff Sergeant Katzenberger was killed on June 14, 2011 during a heavy-fire fight with enemy forces while conducting a mission in the Paktika Providence of Afghanistan. He was a squad leader within B Company, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Staff Sergeant Katzenberger had enlisted in the Army in October of 2004 and was on his eighth deployment. He completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. and had gone through extensive Ranger training. He and his wife, Colleen, had one son who was seven months old at the time of the staff sergeant's death.
Ellliott is originally from New Jersey, but now lists Sandy Springs, Ga. as his hometown. He finished the 2014-2015 season with an NAIA best scoring average – 70.67 per round.
The low medalist in the NAIA National Championship Tournament and the SSAC Conference Tournament will bring the golf bag back to Dalton following the tournament. It will be auctioned off with proceeds going back to Folds of Honor.