David Fern Captures Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship

July 19, 2004

BELLEVUE, Wash. - Washington State's David Fern has not yet played a stroke for the Cougar golf team but he has already made an impression on the program.

The redshirt junior from Spokane, Wash., captured the 103rd Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship 4 and 2 over Liam Kendregan in the 36-hole final at the Overlake Golf & Country Club, Saturday, July 17.

'David redshirted last year to concentrate on academics and golf,' WSU Head Coach Walt Williams said. 'It has paid off; he's played well all summer. We look for great things from him in the future.'

The championship, which was won by Tiger Woods in 1994, took place July 12-17. The 168-person field competed in 36-holes of stroke-play qualifying with the top 64 advancing to single elimination match-play.

Fern finished tied for fifth in the qualifying round and was seeded sixth in the match-play portion of the tournament.

Fern proceeded to advance to the semifinals where he outlasted John Cassidy III in 20 holes to advance to the final against Kendregan.

In the opening 18 holes of the final, Fern began on fire, with birdies on the first two holes en route to a 5-under 30 on the front nine and a 3-up lead over Kendregan. Fern ended the morning round 1-up after shooting a 4-under 67 to Kendregan's 3-under 68.

In the afternoon final, Fern once again began hot with birdies on the first two holes to re-establish his 3-up advantage. Kendregan rallied to pull within 1 down at the turn.

Fern erased any doubt as to the outcome with four birdies on the back nine culminating with a tournament clinching birdie on the 34th hole (No. 16).

During the final, Fern, who never trailed in the match, was 10-under for 34 holes while Kendregan was 6-under.

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