ECU Golfer Qualifies for U.S. Amateur Championship

WILMINGTON, N.C. --- Former East Carolina golfer Robin Smith was one of five players to qualify for the 2007 U.S. Amateur Championship at the sectional qualifying tournament at Eagle Point Golf Club Wednesday.

Smith fired a 36-hole score of 142 (-2) to finish third at the qualifier. He shot a two-under 70 in the first round followed by an even par 72 in the second round.

The 107th United States Amateur Championship will be held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco August 20-26. This will be the third U.S. Amateur Championship hosted by the Olympic Club with previous events being held in 1958 and 1981.

The U.S. Amateur, the oldest USGA championship, was first played in 1895 at Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those with a Handicap Index of 2.4 or lower.

Other qualifiers from the Wilmington sectional included: Jakin Fox (Statesville), Henry Zauton III (Raleigh), Eric Shiver (Cary) and Cliff Benson (Raleigh).

Fox fired a five-under 139 to win the qualifying tournament with Zauton shooting a three-under 141 to place second.