David Fern Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

July 29, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University golfer David Fern qualified for the 2004 United States Amateur Championship at the Woodburn, Ore., qualifier, July 28.

Fern fired a 10-under-par 134 over two rounds to win the U.S. Amateur qualifier at the Oregon Golf Association Golf Course, in Woodburn, Ore. The Woodburn, Ore., qualifier is one of 55 qualifiers held around the country. Fern had 11 birdies and an eagle en route to winning the qualifier by one stroke.

The U.S. Amateur is the oldest of all the USGA championships and was first played in 1895. The championship has no age restriction, and is open to any amateur golfer with a handicap index of 2.4 or lower.

The 2004 U.S. Amateur Championship will be held at the Winged Foot Golf Club's West Course in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Aug. 16-22.

This is the second time Winged Foot will play host to the U.S. Amateur Championship. It last played host to the championship in 1940. The par-70 West Course has also played host to four U.S. Opens, two Women's U.S. Opens, a PGA Championship, the inaugural U.S. Senior Open, and one Walker Cup match.

A 2001 graduate of Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., Fern transferred to WSU last year from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Earlier this month, Fern captured the 103rd Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship.

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