UTA golfer wins Western Junior

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The age limit at the Western Junior is 19 years old. That is why a junior-to-be in college can not only play in the event, but win.

Texas-Arlington’s Zack Fischer, 19, finished with a 3-under 281 to win the 2009 Western Junior. Fischer was a sophomore last season for the No. 53-ranked Mavericks and lost in a playoff at the Southland Conference Championship.

Fischer credits his college coach, Jay Reese, in helping him win the Western.

“I give all the credit to our coach, Jay Rees,” Fischer said. “He’s a great short game teacher. He’s helped me so much. Without him, I wouldn’t have won today.”

The victory will give Fischer an exemption into the Western Amateur Aug. 3-8 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.