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Joe Fowler medals at U.S. Amateur qualifying at Lake Spanaway



Joe Fowler shot rounds of 67-64 today on the par-70 Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma, Wash., to earn medalist honors in U.S. Amateur Sectional qualifying.

Claiming the other available spot at this qualifier is Tristan Mandur of Duncan, B.C., who shot rounds of 68-64.

Tristan Mandur (left) and Joe Fowler

Both Fowler and Mandur set new course records at Lake Spanaway by shooting 64 in their second rounds.

Fowler and Mandur claimed the only two spots available in this Sectional qualifier, and the two players will now advance to compete in the 2019 U.S. Amateur, to be held August 12-18 at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort and Country Club.

The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and conducted this qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship. In all, there are 96 Sectional qualifiers conducted by Allied Golf Associations between July 1 and July 24.

Click here for complete hole-by-hole scoring of this qualifier.

Fowler, 19, started his second round with two pars and then a bogey, but then poured in seven birdies the rest of the way.

Mandur will be competing in the Pacific Coast Amateur next week, and was selected to play on the PNGA team in the Morse Cup competition of that championship. Mandur will be a junior on the University of Utah men’s golf team. He won the 2016 BC Junior Boys’ Amateur.

Pinehurst’s Course No. 2 and Course No. 4 will host the stroke-play rounds on Aug. 12-13. After 36 holes, the field will be trimmed from 312 players to 64 for match play. The first five rounds of match play – through the semifinals – will be played on Course No. 2 on Aug. 14-17.

The 36-hole championship match will be contested over two courses for the first time. Scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 18, it will open with the morning round on Course No. 4, which was recently redesigned by Gil Hanse. The afternoon round will be played on Course No. 2, the renowned Donald Ross design that was restored by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw in 2011.

Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.

The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the USGA and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.


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