Seattle, Wash. (Thursday, September 2) – Fifty-two players competed at the U.S. Senior Amateur Qualifying held at Seattle Golf Club in Seattle, Wash., with three advancing to the 56th U.S. Senior Amateur Championship to be played at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida from October 2-7, 2010.
David Farnam of Kent, Wash. captured medalist honors by firing a 5-under par 67 to beat his nearest competitors by five shots. Farnam’s impressive round included seven birdies, with four of them coming on the difficult par 3’s at Seattle Golf Club. Farnam, who won the PNGA Senior Men’s Public Links Championship last weekend, will be playing in his first U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.
Also qualifying for the championship proper were Richard Jonson of Seattle, Wash. and Tom Phillips of Seattle, Wash who both shot even-par 72 to tie for 2nd place. Jonson’s round included a back nine of 3-under par 33 after he struggled on the front nine to climb all the way back and secure his spot. Phillips used consistent play throughout the day as his round featured four birdies, four bogeys, and the rest pars.
Amateur golfers who have reached their 55th birthday by October 2, 2010 and who have a USGA Handicap Index of 7.4 strokes or less are eligible to qualify for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. All contestants will play 36 holes of stroke play qualifying at the site, with the low 64 advancing to match play for the championship.
The Washington State Golf Association is the local representative of the USGA and conducts the local sectional qualifying every year.
The U.S. Senior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.