Collins, Fern Finish Tied for 13th at Inaugural Pinehurst Invitational

March 29, 2005

PINEHURST, N.C. - Washington State University men's golfers David Fern and Chris Collins each tied for 13th place at the inaugural Pinehurst Invitational, posting three-round totals of 227 (+11) at the par-72, 7,035-yard Pinehurst No. 8 Golf Course, Tuesday.

In 10 tournaments this season, Fern, a senior, has accumulated six top 25 finishes including three top 10 finishes and a tournament victory at the Inland Cup, Feb. 14. For Collins, a sophomore, the event marks the highest finish of his varsity career.

The duo led the Cougars to a ninth place team finish. With a team total of 923, the Cougars finished five strokes back of UNC Wilmington and host school East Carolina University.

Junior Ryan Witz shot 232 (+16), sophomore Kevin Chen shot 237 (+21) and sophomore Logan Toskey shot 245 (+29) to round out the scoring for the Cougars.

Pinehurst InvitationalMarch 28-29, 2005Pinehurst No. 8 GC, Pinehurst, N.C.Par-72, 7,035-yardsFinal Results

WSU Results: T13. Chris Collins (71-80-76--227, +11), T13. David Fern (75-73-79--227, +11), T35. Ryan Witz (77-78-77--232, +16), T48. Kevin Chen (80-78-79--237, +21), T59. Logan Toskey (81-81-83--245, +29).

Team Results: 1. SMU (875), 2. Xavier (876), 3. Indiana (888), 4. Marquette (899), 5. Southern Mississippi (905), 6. Richmond (907), T7. UNC Wilmington (918), T7. East Carolina (918), 9. Washington State (923), 10. Akron (942), T11. St. John's (947), T11. Bowling Green State (947).

Top Five Individuals: 1. Colt Knost, SMU (71-70-69--210, -6), 2. Jeff Overton, Indiana (69-70-72--211, -5), 3. Andy Pope, Xavier (72-68-72--212, -4), 4. Scott Seibert, Indiana (76-75-67--218, +2), T5. Four others tied at 219 (+3).

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