June 9, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Golf programs are being represented on the highest amateur and professional levels this summer by current junior Sarah Fogerty, freshman Kelsey Podlesny and former Cowboy David Hearn. Both Fogerty and Podlesny qualified through sectional events to compete in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, while Hearn topped a sectional field to earn a berth at the U.S. Open.
Current UW squad members, Fogerty (San Diego, Calif.) and Podlesny (Green River, Wyo.), will play June 16-21, in the 32nd Annual U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, held at Erin Hills Golf Course, in Erin, Wis.
To qualify for the USWAPL Championship, Fogerty won the USGA sectional event in Denver, Colo., on May 21 with a round of 76 at the Wellshire Golf Course. She had UW's second best stroke average this past season at 78.36 and earned the first top-five finish of her career at the Cowgirl Classic, where she tied for fourth place. Sarah also finished in seventh place three times this past season. In total, Fogerty now has five top-ten finishes in two seasons, nine in the top-25.
Podlesny secured her spot in the top amateur event by placing third at the sectional qualifier in Layton, Utah, on May 27. She shot a round of 80 at the Valley View Golf Course. Kelsey will attend UW this coming fall as a freshman and play for the Cowgirl Golf program. She was the Wyoming 4A state high school champion as a junior in 2006 and runner-up in both 2005 and 2007. Podlesny was named to the Wyoming Junior America's Cup Team twice, in 2006 and 2007. She was the Wyoming Junior Amateur champion in 2006, a U.S. Junior Amateur qualifier in 2007 and was runner-up at the 2007 Utah Junior Open.
The first two days of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship consists of stroke play, with the field then reduced and the low 64 scorers moving on to four days of elimination match play. The championships culminate with 36 holes of match play. The USWAPL medalist earns an exemption from local qualifying for the next five U.S. Women's Open championships, among other things.
The amateur public links events are open to amateur golfers who, since Jan. 1 of the calendar year, have been public course players and have not held privileges at any course that does not extend playing privileges to the general public.
Hearn, of Brantford, Ontario, earned medalist honors at the Beallsville, Md., sectional to qualify for the United States Golf Association's top event. He shot 137 (71-66) at The Members Club at Four Streams to secure a spot in his second U.S. Open. Hearn also played the event in 2005 as a PGA Tour member. The 2008 U.S. Open is being played June 12-15, at Torrey Pines Golf Course (South Course) in San Diego, Calif.
A player at UW from 1998-2001, Hearn qualified three straight years for the NCAA West Regional Tournament, the only UW golfer to ever accomplish that feat. He was named to the 2001 All-Mountain West Conference team, won two career event titles, has the school record for low stroke average in a season (72.40) and had three top 10 conference tournament finishes during his collegiate career.