June 20, 2007
112th Amateur Championship - Lytham St. Annes
107th North & South Amateur Championship
Cullowhee, N.C. - A pair of Western Carolina men's golfers have been active among various amateur golf championships through the early months of the summer. Sophomore Andres Cuenca finished tied for 68th in stroke play at the 112th Amateur Championship in Lytham St. Annes in Lancashire, England. Earlier this week, his freshman teammate, Ricky Stout, qualified for the 107th North & South Amateur Championship through the qualifying event held in Pinehurst.
Despite carding an opening round of 68 on the par 72, 6,814 St. Annes Old Links course, Cuenca just missed out on match play after shooting a three-over, 74, over the final 18 holes played at the Royal Lytham & St. Annes par 71, 6,882-yard course.
Over his opening 18 holes, the Fuengirola, Spain, native posted an Eagle on the par 5, 569-yard fifth hole to make the turn at two under. Seven pars with back-to-back birdies on the par 4 No. 11 and 12 gave Cuenca an opening round 68 to rank him tied for 24th.
On the second course, the All-Southern Conference selection recorded par through the first five holes before tallying his second Eagle of the tournament on the par 5, 494-yard No. 6, to again drop to two-under. However, consecutive double-bogies and a bogey over the final three holes dropped him to three-over at the turn. Cuenca finished with a bogey and a birdie through his final nine holes, dropping into a tie for 68th overall, missing the match play cut.
In Pinehurst, Stout finished tied for 21st out of 94 amateurs trying to qualify for the North & South Championship to make it into the prestigious event. The New Bern, N.C., native carded a round of 73 (36-37) on the Pinehurst No. 4, and then beat out eight other golfers to become one of three to complete the qualifying field of 23.
The North & South Amateur Championship, to be played July 2-8 between the Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 courses, consists of two rounds of stroke play, followed by five rounds of match play with a 36-hole final used to determine the champion. The defending Champion is exempt from qualifying and assumes the 1st seed in match play. The remaining 63 match play seeds are determined by the 36-hole qualifier.
Practice rounds for Stout are scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 1.