Welty tops field in Washington Men’s Amateur qualifying at Kalispel

Spokane, Wash. – Jason Welty of Spokane shot 5-under-par 67 to earn medalist honors in Washington Men’s Amateur qualifying held today on the par-72 Kalispel Golf and Country Club in Spokane, Wash. Welty’s bogey-free round included five birdies.

Starters tent at Kalispel Golf & Country Club

Finishing second, one shot back of Welty, was Sean Mullan, who plays on the University of Idaho men’s golf team and is originally from England. Mullan’s teammate at UI, Jack Plaster, finished fourth at 2-under par.

A full field of 65 players teed it up today at Kalispel, with 15 players from this qualifier advancing to the championship proper.

View final scoring from today’s qualifier.

Qualifying for entry into the championship proper is being held this week at five locations – Gold Mountain Golf Club (Cascade), Kalispel Golf and Country Club, The Home Course, Wine Valley Golf Club and North Bellingham Golf Course.

A total of 403 players over the five qualifying locations are vying to fill the field of 120 competitors who will compete in the 100th Washington Men’s Amateur Championship, which is set to take place July 6-8 on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. There are 25 players already exempted into the championship proper, through criteria previously set forth.

The championship will consist of 54 holes of stroke play, with the field cut to the low 60 players and ties after 36 holes. The five qualifying events and three-day championship are being conducted by Washington Golf (WA Golf).

Last year, Sean Kato of Redmond, Wash. shot rounds of 65-69-73 to go wire-to-wire in winning the championship, which was held at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.