Fernandez Takes First Step Towards U.S. Open

May 16, 2007

CINCINNATI--Albert Fernandez, a sophomore on the University of Cincinnati golf team, took the first step towards qualifying for the U.S. Open when he advanced through a local qualifying round in Toledo, Ohio earlier this week. On the strength of a round of 70, Fernandez is now eligible to compete in a Sectional Qualifier in Columbus in early June.

On May 14, Fernandez (Gijon, Spain/La Corolla) was one of three golfers to advance from the Maumee Bay State Park qualifier as his round of 70 placed him third among the field. He will now go on to a June 4 Sectional Qualifier in the final step before the U.S. Open. At the Sectional Qualifier, nearly 80 golfers, half of which play on the PGA Tour, will be vying for approximately 20 spots in the U.S. Open field. The qualifiers will be held at Ohio State's Scarlet Golf Course, the Scioto Country Club and the Double Eagle Club.

During the 2006-07 season, Fernandez ranked second on the Bearcats with a 75.3 average. He twice enjoyed low finishes of seventh and his best round of 70 came during the Eastern Kentucky Spring Invitational.