July 31, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Florida State sophomore golfer Matt Savage has qualified to play in the 2006 U.S. Amateur Championship, the most prestigious and oldest USGA amateur championship.
Savage, who helped lead the Seminoles into the NCAA East Regional Championship as a freshman in 2006, will compete in the event August 21-27 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. More than 4,000 golfers attempted to qualify for the 312 tournament spots.
Savage (Louisville, Ky.) shot a one-under par 143 in a two-round qualifier at the Old Stone Golf Club in Bowling Green, Ky., to qualify for his first career U.S. Amateur.
The winner of the US Amateur receives an exemption to the 2006 U.S. Open and a probable invitation to the 2006 Masters, if he remains an amateur. The US Amateur winner will also receive a 10-year exemption to the US Amateur field as long as he remains an amateur.
The US Amateur championship dates back to 1895. Past winners include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lanny Wadkins, Craig Staler, Jerry Pate, Mark O’Meara, Hal Sutton, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who won three consecutive US Amateurs from 1994-96.
Savage helped lead Florida State to a 14th place finish in the NCAA East Regional Championship at Lake Nona Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., during his freshman season. He earned four career top-20 finishes including his career-best top-10 finish at the Linger Longer Invitational during the spring of 2006. Savage’s career-best single-round score of 65 came in the third round of the NCAA East Regional. He ranked second on the team with a 73.76 stroke average in 33 rounds during 11 tournaments as a freshman.