BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Men's golfer Mark Strickland, who is entering his senior year of eligibility at Western Washington University, will compete in the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship on August 11-17 at the Atlanta Athletic Club Highlands Course in Johns Creek, Georgia.
The 22-year-old Strickland from Mukilteo where he graduated from Kamiak High School qualified by earning medalist honors with an even par 36-hole score of 140 at the U.S. Amateur Qualifier on July 22 at Suncadia Resort's Tumble Creek Club in Cle Elum.
Strickland shot a 2-over par 72 in the morning round on the par-70 Tom Doak-designed Tumble Creek course, but in the afternoon round he strung together four birdies, with his lone hiccup of the day being a double-bogey coming on the long par-4 10th hole.
Strickland was a second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star for WWU last spring after earning first-team honors the previous season when he helped the Vikings to the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
This year marks the 114th U.S. Amateur Championship, the oldest golf championship in the United States, being just one day older than the U.S. Open. Aside from an eight-year period when it was stroke play (1965-1972), the U.S. Amateur has been a match-play championship.
The U.S. Amateur's storied history includes such past champions as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, to name a few. Last year, Matt Fitzpatrick of England defeated Oliver Goss of Australia in the final match, 4 and 3, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass.
The U.S. Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
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