Leaderboard Full of Cougars at WSGA Amateur Championship

June 24, 2009

PULLMAN - Six current, former and future members of the Washington State University men's golf team made the cut after the second round of play at the Washington State Golf Association's Men's Amateur Championship Wednesday at the Palouse Ridge Golf Club.

Of the 142 golfers competing only 63 made the cut, and of the 12 players under-par four have Cougar ties.

Leading the way for current members of the team are Kevin Tucker and Nick Ellis, who are each in the top 10 heading into round three. After firing a 4-under 68 in round two, Tucker is tied for fourth with a 36-hole total of 140, three strokes back of the leader. Ellis carded a 2-under 70 today en route to a two-round total of 142 (-2), good for a ninth-place tie.

Fellow Cougar Austin Hurt also made the cut, rebounding from an opening-round 81 to post a 3-under 69. He is tied for 46th with a two-round total of 150 (+6).

Kyle Hurt and Hank Frame will each join the Cougars in 2009-10, and each made the cut at the tournament. Frame posted a 3-under 69 in the second round, and is currently in 12th place with a 36-hole total of 143 (-1). Hurt is tied for 22nd with a two-round score of 146 (+2).

Former Cougar David Fern followed his opening-round 69 (-3) with a 2-under 70. He is currently in third place with a 5-under 139. Fern led the team in scoring average in 2004-05 (74.0) and won the Inland Cup in 2005.

Nicholas Grigsby and Paul Mitzel were also competing at the event, but did not make the cut.

The four-round event consists of 18 holes each day (June 23-26), with tee times beginning at 7:30 a.m. An awards ceremony will be held Friday afternoon following the completion of the tournament. Spectators are welcome at no charge.

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