LA JOLLA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2008) -- Josh Anderson of Murrieta captured the 2009 Buick Invitational Amateur Qualifying tournament with a four-under par score of 68 on the Torrey Pines South Course, earning the one sponsor exemption, out of a starting field of 96 players, with a 0 or better handicap.
Anderson, a 20 year old redshirt freshman at Pepperdine University registered six birdies and an eagle on the sixth hole for nine hole scores of 32-36. He birdied holes 2, 3, 9, 10, 12 and 16 and was six-under-par through 12 holes.
Anderson, who is an advertising major, won the 2007 California Amateur championship. Another notable local amateur, Jamie Lovemark who grew up playing Torrey and now stars at USC, finished one shot back at three-under-par 69.
This is the 25th year the Century Club of San Diego has sponsored this event that enables one amateur player to compete against 155 other professional players at the Buick Invitational from February 2-8. The Buick Invitational Amateur Qualifier is filled with top local and regional amateur players with many ties to college programs.
Only three players have made the professional cut in the previous 22 years included Pat Duncan in 50th place in 1989, Steve Haase 75th place in 1989 and Charley Hoffman in 76th place in 1996.