Fern Tied For Eighth After Two Rounds of Pinehurst Invitational

March 28, 2005

PINEHURST, N.C. - Washington State University redshirt junior David Fern is tied for eighth place at the inaugural Pinehurst Invitational, shooting 148 (+4) over two rounds at the par-72, 7,035-yard Pinehurst No. 8 Golf Course, Monday.

Fern is looking to record his fourth top 10 finish of the season, a feat that would earn him a tie for fifth on WSU's all-time list for top 10 finishes in a season.

Sophomore Chris Collins is tied for 16th place, finishing day one with a score of 151 (+7). Collins opened the tournament with a 1-under-par 71, the second lowest score of the first round.

Led by Fern and Collins, the Cougars are in eighth place as a team. With a two-round total of 612, the Cougars lead host East Carolina University by one stroke.

Junior Ryan Witz shot 155 (+11), sophomore Kevin Chen shot 158 (+14) and sophomore Logan Toskey shot 162 (+18) to round out the scoring for the Cougars.

Tuesday's final round results will be posted at www.wsucougars.com.

Pinehurst InvitationalMarch 28-29, 2005Pinehurst No. 8 GC, Pinehurst, N.C.Par-72, 7,035-yardsResults After Rounds Two of Three

WSU Results: T8. David Fern (75-73--148, +4), T16. Chris Collins (71-80--151, +7), T35. Ryan Witz (77-78--155, +11), T45. Kevin Chen (80-78--158, +14), T55. Logan Toskey (162, +18).

Team Results: 1. SMU (586), 2. Xavier (589), 3. Indiana (595), T4. Southern Mississippi (599), T4. Marquette (599), 6. Richmond (606), 7. UNC Wilmington (608), 8. Washington State (612), 9. East Carolina (613), 10. Akron (622), 11. St. John's (637), 12. Bowling Green (639).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Jeff Overton, Indiana (69-70--139, -5), 2. Andy Pope, Xavier (72-68--140, -4), 3. Colt Knost, SMU (71-70--141, -3), 4. Joe Weber, Marquette (74-71--145, +1), 5. Will Dodson, SMU (74-72--146, +2).

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