June 19, 2009
Tennessee's David Holmes shot a final-round 71 Friday to finish 6 under par and in a fifth-place tie at the 94th annual Southwestern Amateur in Tucson, Ariz.
The Knoxville native, who just completed his junior season for the Vols, opened with rounds of 74, 67 and 70 before his finishing 71 at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. Holmes climbed from a tie for 56th after Tuesday's first round all the way to his fifth-place showing to earn automatic qualification for next year's Southwestern Amateur at the Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon, Calif.
TCU's Travis Woolf maintained his third-round lead to win the event at 10 under par, one shot better than California's Michael Jensen.
Holmes qualified for the longest running amateur golf tournament in the western United States by virtue of his second-place finish at last month's NCAA Northeast Regional. He was Tennessee's hottest player down the stretch, adding All-America honors with a tie for 13th at the NCAA Championships. For good measure, Holmes also captured the local Holston Hills Invitational in early May.