2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The course at Conway Farms Golf Club will be set up at 7,078/6,996 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. Knollwood Club, which will serve as the companion course for the two days of stroke-play qualifying, will be set up at 7,148 yards and will also play to a par of 35-36—71. (Note: Yardages subject to change)

CONWAY FARMS GOLF CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:

 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 4 35
Yards 385 192 402 483 467 211 340/305 595 400 3,475/3,440
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 5 4 4 3 5 36
Yards 455 168 417 462 535 331/284 462 205 568 3,603/3,556

KNOLLWOOD CLUB HOLE BY HOLE:

 

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 35
Yards 440 352 408 169 424 500 233 575 415 3,516
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 36
Yards 601 468 170 354 455 397 527 208 452 3,632


ARCHITECT: Conway Farms Golf Club was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1991. Knollwood Club was designed by Captain Alison and opened in 1924. It underwent major renovations in the early 1970s and mid-1980s.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any amateur golfer who is 25 years old by Sept. 8 with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The USGA accepted 3,810 entries for the 2012 championship, 67 more than were accepted for the 2011 Mid-Amateur. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying sites will be announced in the spring of 2012. Qualifying will be held from Aug. 6-16.

CHAMPIONSHIP FIELD: The starting field of 264 golfers will be cut after 36 holes to 64 players, after which six rounds of match play will be contested to determine the champion.

SCHEDULE: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 6-7. The starting field of 264 players will play two rounds of stroke play, with the low 64 scorers advancing to match play. The schedule is as follows:
Sept. 8 (Saturday) – First round of stroke play
Sept. 9 (Sunday) – Second round of stroke play
Sept. 10 (Monday) – First round of match play
Sept. 11 (Tuesday) – Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 12 (Wednesday) – Quarterfinals and semifinals, match play
Sept. 13 (Thursday) – 36-hole championship final

ADMISSION: Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

2011 CHAMPION: Randal Lewis, 54, of Alma, Mich., became the oldest champion in U.S. Mid-Amateur history when he captured the 2011 title at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. Lewis’ 3-and-2 victory over Kenny Cook, 31, of Noblesville, Ind., came 15 years after his runner-up finish at the 1996 Mid-Amateur.

For more details, visit: http://www.usga.org/ChampEventSite.aspx?id=17179869327.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 26 golfers are fully exempt into U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship by virtue of their play in various USGA events or by being ranked among the top 400 points leaders in the World Amateur Golf Ranking supported The R&A and USGA. Those players are:

Todd Burgan (2010 Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Mason Casper (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Patrick Christovich (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kenny Cook (2011 Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Austin Eaton III (2004 Mid-Amateur champion)
John Engler (2011 Mid-Amateur semifinalist; top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Doug Hanzel (low amateur at 2012 U.S. Senior Open)
Scott Harvey (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Tim Hogarth (2010 Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Tim Jackson (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Sean Knapp (2010 Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Robert Leopold (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Randal Lewis (2011 Mid-Amateur champion)
Chip Lutz (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kevin Marsh (2005 Mid-Amateur champion; top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Michael Muehr  (2011 Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Jason Perry (Special exemption from the USGA)
Garrett Rank (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Edwart Richardson (Top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Paul Simson (2010 USGA Senior Amateur champion)
Nathan Smith (2003, 2009, 2010 Mid-Amateur champion; 2011 Mid-Amateur semifinalist; 2009 and 2011 USA Walker Cup Team member; top 400 points leader in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Tim Spitz (2009 Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Mike Stamberger (2011 Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Steve Wilson (2008 Mid-Amateur champion)
Dave Womack (2006 Mid-Amateur champion)
George Zahringer (2002 Mid-Amateur champion)

THE TROPHY: The Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Mid-Amateur Trophy was presented in 1981 by the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Georgia State Golf Association. The most famous of all amateurs, Jones won five U.S. Amateur and four U.S. Open titles.

WHAT THE WINNER RECEIVES: The champion receives a gold medal and custody of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Mid-Amateur Trophy for one year. The players also earns exemptions into the next two U.S. Amateur Championships as well as the next two U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, if eligible. The player also earns exemptions into the next two USGA Senior Amateur Championships, if eligible. The player earns a three-year exemption from local qualifying for the U.S. Open, provided he remains an amateur. The player also receives a likely invitation into the next Masters Tournament.

HISTORY: This is the 32nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers of at least 25 years of age, provides a formal national championship for the post-college amateur, for whom the game is truly an avocation.

Played at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., in 1981, the first Mid-Amateur drew 1,638 entries. The field included three former Amateur champions: Gary Cowan (1966, 1971), Marvin “Vinny” Giles III (1972) and Fred Ridley (1975). Jim Holtgrieve, 33, of Des Peres, Mo., defeated fellow 1981 USA Walker Cup Team member Bob Lewis Jr., 37, of Warren, Ohio, in the final, 2 up.

CONWAY FARMS AND THE USGA: The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be the second USGA championship conducted at Conway Farms Golf Club. The club previously hosted the 1998 Junior Amateur, in which James Oh defeated Aaron Baddeley for the championship.

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ILLINOIS: The 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be the 59th USGA championship held in Illinois. The most recent USGA championship held in the state was the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Olympia Fields Country Club. This will be the second U.S. Mid-Amateur in Illinois, following Knollwood Club in 1982. Knollwood Club, which will serve as the companion course for the championship, is located approximately five miles from Conway Farms.

PHOTO MEDIA SERVICE    The USGA will offer daily complimentary high-resolution photographs during the U.S. Mid-Amateur for news use only. For more information and to register, contact photorequests@usga.org.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS: USGA Communications Department – (908) 234-2300

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Christina Lance of USGA Championship Communications at clance@usga.org or 908-234-2300, ext. 1149. For more information on the USGA, please visit www.usga.org. Media specific information can be found at http://www.usga.org/press_room/Press-Room/.


 

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