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Sunnehanna Amateur: Fowler repeats as champ
08 Jun 2008
see also: Sunnehanna Amateur Golf Tournament, Sunnehanna Country Club

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JOHNSTOWN, Penn. (June 8, 200)--By becoming only the third player in the 55-year history of the Sunnehanna Amateur to repeat as champion, Rickie Fowler joined some impressive company and capped a hectic, but incredibly satisfying stretch in his golf career.

Last Saturday, the Oklahoma State freshman, who was first in the Golfstat Cup Rankings, took a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division-I Championship, the final event in a rookie season that saw him win a pair of events and take top-8 finishes in nine of the 11 events he entered.

Those accolades earned a spot on the PING First-Team All-America squad, as well as the nod for the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman.

But one of the most surprising, and rewarding, news Fowler received all week was when he got a text message from a USGA official saying that he had a spot in the US Open field after former PGA Champ Shaun Micheel withdrew.

After trying his luck at qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, with a host of PGA pros in town for the Memorial. After carding an opening-round 66, he followed that up with 73 and was eventually tabbed as the first alternate after falling in a playoff.

But after Micheel's withdrawal, the Fowler will join up with former Walker Cup team members Chris Kirk and Dustin Johnson in the first two rounds of play at Torrey Pines.

As if that good news wasn't enough, the Southern California local will be entering the tournament with a fair amount of confidence after taking home the Sunnehanna with three straight rounds under par (66-69-68-69--272) to finish at 8-under.

Fowler entered the final round with four golfers within a three strokes, but finished five strokes clear of second-place finisher Daniel Woltman of Wisconsin. Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh took third at 278 and was the only other golfer under par.

Zach Sucher was the one of the golfer trailing by a stroke after Day 3 after he carded a course-record 61, but stumbled to a closing 79 and finished in tie for 15th at 3-over 283.

Fowler joins Scott Verplank (1984-85), Allen Doyle (1989-90) and Edward Loar (1999-2000) as golfers who have also won back-to-back titles in the tourney's 55-year history.

In other news from the tourney England's Rhys Enoch won the event’s long drive contest by scorching a 395-drive from the the first tee.

Fowler's former high school teammate at Murrieta, Josh Anderson, now at Pepperdine, took second with a 393-yard poke, followed by Peter Uihlein, who will be a join Folwer at Oklahoma State this fall and was the runner-up at last year’s Sunnehanna, who sent his drive 391 yards.

Buddy Marucci was on-site scouting players for the 2009 Walker Cup, which will be held at his home club, Merion GC in Pennsylvania.

Full results follow from the6,868-yard, par-70, Sunnehanna Country Club follow:

Pos Name Hometown Rd.1 Rd.2 Rd.3 Rd.4 Tot. Par
1 Rickie Fowler Murrieta, CA 66 69 68 69 272 -8
2 Daniel Woltman Beaver Dam, WI 67 69 70 71 277 -3
3 Nathan Smith Pittsburgh, PA 73 70 67 68 278 -2
T4 Jin Jeong Korea, 68 68 69 75 280 E
T4 Philip Mollica Anderson, SC 70 69 68 73 280 E
T4 Cameron Tringale San Juan Capistrano, CA 71 70 67 72 280 E
T4 Andy Winings Brownsburg, IN 68 70 73 69 280 E
T8 Zen Brown Arvada, CO 72 68 69 72 281 1
T8 Rhys Enoch England, 72 73 67 69 281 1
T8 Cody Gribble Dallas, TX 72 67 69 73 281 1
T11 Michael Foster Australia, 66 72 70 74 282 2
T11 Matthew Galloway Valrico, FL 71 69 66 76 282 2
T11 Rory Hie Los Angeles, CA 66 76 71 69 282 2
T11 Mu Hu China, 71 69 73 69 282 2
T15 Sam Saunders Orlando, FL 73 71 71 68 283 3
T15 Zachary Sucher Mobile, AL 69 74 61 79 283 3
T17 Will Griffin San Antonio, TX 71 70 70 73 284 4
T17 Andrew Putnam University Place, WA 74 68 68 74 284 4
T19 Gregor Main Danville, CA 73 71 67 74 285 5
T19 Will Strickler Charlottesville, VA 72 70 69 74 285 5
T21 Amory Davis Chads Ford, PA 69 75 73 69 286 6
T21 Matt Hill Canada, 74 64 73 75 286 6
T21 Bobby Hudson Memphis, TN 71 71 71 73 286 6
T21 Mike Van Sickle Wexford, PA 75 68 72 71 286 6
T25 Kevin Foley Sommerville, NJ 74 69 70 74 287 7
T25 Ryan Spears Wichita, KS 70 71 74 72 287 7
T27 George Bryan Chapin, SC 74 72 71 71 288 8
T27 Patrick Carter Huntington, WV 74 72 71 71 288 8
T27 Drew Kittleson (10) Scottsdale, AZ 69 75 74 70 288 8
T27 Derek Rende Soddy Daisy, TN 72 71 73 72 288 8
T31 Connor McHenry Wichita, KS 74 71 69 75 289 9
T31 John McLean Weston, FL 73 71 71 74 289 9
T33 Aaron Goldberg (10) San Diego, CA 71 73 74 72 290 10
T33 Matthew Savage Tallahassee, FL 77 70 70 73 290 10
T35 Jonathan Hodge (10) Jefferson City, TN 70 75 77 69 291 11
T35 Sean Knapp Oakmont, PA 78 72 67 74 291 11
T35 Justin Roach (10) Australia, 73 74 74 70 291 11
T38 Ray Beaufils (10) Australia, 78 70 72 72 292 12
T38 Jorge Campillo Spain, 73 69 72 78 292 12
T38 Ravi Patel (10) Naperville, IL 71 79 69 73 292 12
T38 Patrick Rada (10) Anderson, SC 74 73 74 71 292 12
T42 Bud Cauley (10) Jacksonville, FL 74 71 73 75 293 13
T42 Brent Paladino Kensington, CT 72 72 71 78 293 13
T42 Patrick Tallent (10) Vienna, VA 71 72 75 75 293 13
T42 Peter Uihlein (10) Bradenton, FL 76 74 69 74 293 13
46 Matt Moot (10) Johnstown, PA 73 75 71 75 294 14
T47 Morgan Hoffmann (10) Saddlebrook, NJ 76 69 74 76 295 15
T47 Kevin O'Connell (10) Cary, NC 70 70 78 77 295 15
49 Josh Jones (10) The Colony, TX 75 73 71 77 296 16
T50 Josh Anderson Murrieta, CA 76 70 71 80 297 17
T50 Tom Carlson (10) Albuquerque, NM 76 69 75 77 297 17
T50 Clinton Dammann (10) Glencoe, MN 74 75 74 74 297 17
T50 Duke Delcher (10) Bluffton, SC 72 78 73 74 297 17
T50 Clayton Rotz (10) Chambersburg, PA 77 72 72 76 297 17
T55 Sean Brannan (10) Hollidaysburg, PA 70 76 78 74 298 18
T55 Anthony Reale (10) Charleston, WV 76 71 71 80 298 18
T55 Sang Yi (10) Carrollton, TX 75 75 78 70 298 18
58 Gregor Orlando (10) Erie, PA 80 74 70 75 299 19
59 Michael Grasso (10) Chagrin Falls, OH 75 75 75 75 300 20
T60 Luke Hopkins (10) Greer, SC 75 73 78 76 302 22
T60 Jesse Speirs (10) Bangor, ME 75 76 74 77 302 22
62 Adam Hofmann (10) Pittsburgh, PA 77 70 74 82 303 23
63 Brandon Putnam (10) Albuquerque, NM 72 80 81 73 306 26
T64 Jeff Golden (10) Winter Park, FL 74 78 76 79 307 27
T64 John Zack (10) Cresson, PA 82 77 71 77 307 27
T66 Brett Rankin (10) Australia, 79 79 77 77 312 32
T66 Tim Strout (10) Nashua, NH 79 70 80 83 312 32
68 John Duthie (10) Lansing, NY 82 77 79 79 317 37
69 Jared Walahoski (10) Urbandale, IA 76 78 75 89 318 38

 

ABOUT THE Sunnehanna Amateur

The Sunnehanna Amateur was inaugurated in July of 1954 -- it was the first country club sponsored 72-hole stroke play competition for amateurs in the United States. The tournament is played on a classic A.W. Tillinghast design. Only one other amateur tournament in the United States can list the likes of Chick Evans, Arnold Palmer, Julius Boros, Art Wall, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rickie Fowler as contestants: the United States Amateur. Its medal play format has been emulated by countless amateur tournaments across the country.

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