U.S. MID-AMATEUR
Storylines For 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur September 23, 2010 By USGA Staff

The average age of the 264 competitors in the field is 37.83.

The youngest player in the field is Jordan Hawkinson, 25, of Grant, Minn., who was born Sept. 1, 1985.

The oldest player in the field is James Saivar, 65, of San Diego, Calif. Saivar, who was born July 30, 1945, is playing in his first USGA championship.

There are 125 players in the field who are competing in the U.S. Mid-Amateur for the first time. Of those, 87 are playing in their first USGA championship.

There are 91 reinstated amateurs in the field.

States and countries represented: A total of 45 states (all but Delaware, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota and Vermont) and six countries (Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Japan and Korea) are represented at the 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

USGA champions in the field (8):
Austin Eaton III
, 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Tim Hogarth, 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links
Tim Jackson, 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Kevin Marsh, 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur
George ‘Buddy’ Marucci Jr., 2008 USGA Senior Amateur
Nathan Smith, 2003 and 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur
Dave Womack, 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur
George J. Zahringer III, 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur

Former USA Walker Cup Team members in the field (5):
Duke Delcher
(1997)
Tim Jackson (1995 and 1999)
George ‘Buddy’ Marucci Jr. (1995 and 1997; captain in 2007 and 2009)
Nathan Smith (2009)
George J. Zahringer III (2003)

USGA Men’s State Team champions in the field (5):
Dan Dunkleberg
of Texas (1999)
Sean Knapp of Pennsylvania (2009)
Tim Jackson of Tennessee (2003)
Nathan Smith of Pennsylvania (2009)
  

Family relations:
Jimmy Burke
, 53, of Houston, Texas is the nephew of 1956 PGA and Masters champion Jack Burke Jr.
Raymond Floyd, 36, of Old Greenwich, Conn., is the son of 1986 U.S. Open champion Ray Floyd. 
Tim Mickelson, 33, of San Diego, Calif., is the brother of four-time major champion Phil Mickelson.
John Pate
, 50, of Santa Barbara, Calif., is the older brother of PGA Tour player Steve Pate.
Robert Bechtol, 41, of Tallahassee, Fla., and Steve Carter, 40, of Jacksonville, Fla., are brothers-in-law. It is the first time they have both qualified for the same USGA championship.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is often called the working man’s championship. There are many interesting occupations held by the field’s 264 players. Among them: 
Anthony Barrera
, 26, of San Jose, Calif., is the tournament director at The Ranch Golf Club.
Michael Brown, 37, of Cheltenham, Pa., owns a Philly Soft Pretzel Factory franchise.
Todd Burgan
, 41, of Knoxille, Tenn., is a pharmacist.
Kenneth Doerrer, 30, of Telluride, Colo., is a golf attendant at the Telluride Golf and Ski Company in Colorado.
Brett Egge, 27, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a caddie on the Champions Tour.
John Ehrgott, 35, of Peoria, Ill., works in golf course design and construction for the Turf Solutions Group.
Dan Emrick, 30, of St. Peters, Mo., is the general manager for the golf course in his hometown.
Dick Engel, 44, of Quartz Hill, Calif., is a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Jonathan Fall, 31, of Milwaukee, Wis., owns a Culver’s Restaurant.
Eddie Hargett, 50, of Blythewood, S.C., owns The New York Butcher Shoppe. Ironically, he has never been to New York before. The trip for the Mid-Amateur is his first.
Scott Harvey, 32, of Greensboro, N.C., is the driving range operator at Sedgefield Driving Range.
Jordan Hawkinson, 25, of Grant, Minn., is a math teacher.
Scott Hovis, 36, of Jefferson City, Mo., is the executive director of the Missouri Golf Association.
Chris Igawa, 30, of Hilo, Hawaii, and Samuel O’Dell, 32, of Hurricane, W.Va., are dentists.
Philip Kalivas, 30, of Green River, Wyo., is a caddie at Whisper Rock Golf Club.
Ben Leestma, 30, of Boise, Idaho, is a F-15C Pilot for the United States Air Force.
Thomas McConnell, 38, of Holliston, Mass., is president of Clear Channel Radio Boston, where he runs two of the largest radio stations in the city, KISS 108 and JAMN 94.5.
There are two stay-at-home dads in the field: Greg Kramer, 45, of Urbandale, Iowa; and Mark Miller, 42, of West Covina, Calif.
  
Miles McConnell, 44, of Madison, Wis., owns a Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant. 
Robert Morris, 63, of Great Falls, Va., is the co-founder and vice chairman of Billy Casper Golf. Roger Newsom, 46, of Virginia Beach, Va., is an ophthalmologist.
Kevin Noto, 26, of Las Vegas, Nev., is a poker player.
Sergio Reyes, 34, of Lakeside, Calif., is a Tribal Councilmember for the Barona Band of Mission Indians.
Josh Rhodes, 26, of Paducah, Ky., is a hearing aid specialist for Better Hearing.
Peter Samborsky II, 36, of Dayton, Ohio, owns a Cold Stone Creamery and is the golf coach at Wright State University.
Jack Skirkanich, 28, of Rumson, N.J., is the president and co-founder of PrimeScout.com, a college recruiting resource web site.
Rob Stover, 41, of Durham, N.C., is a restaurateur for the Tyler’s Taproom restaurants in North Carolina. 

Jonathan Valuck, 49, of Edmond, Okla., is a cardiologist at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital.

There are several former professional baseball players in the field: 


-Erik Hanson, 45, of Kirkland, Wash., was a Major League Baseball pitcher. He was an all-star in 1995
-Todd Mitchell, 32, of Bloomington, Ill., was an infielder in the New York Yankees farm system.
-Mark Mulder, 33, of Scottsdale, Ariz., pitched for the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals during a major-league career that lasted from 2000-2008.
-Peter Smetek, 35, of Houston, Texas, played minor league baseball for two years, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Houston Astros.


Other interesting storylines:

Richard Skip Berkemeyer, 36, of St. Louis, Mo., earned stroke-play medalist honors at the 2002 and 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He’s not the only successful golfer in the family – along with his wife (Jamie) and his mother (Barbara), they have combined to win 24 state amateur titles. 


Michael Brown, 37, of Cheltenham, Pa., was a contestant on the Nickelodeon game show Double Dare in 1985. He failed to find the flag in a giant peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which cost him and his partner the grand prize, a go-kart. 

T.J. Brudzinski, 49, of Columbus, Ohio,was inducted into his high school sports hall of fame in 2008. Among the other notables in the Fremont High School Hall of Fame are Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, former NFL running back Rob Lytle and T.J.’s brother, former NFL linebacker Bob Brudzinski.   

Michael Cooper, 41, of Austin, Texas, is a kidney cancer survivor.

Tripp Davis, 43, of Norman, Okla., is a golf course architect who owns his own firm, Tripp Davis and Associates. He has eight career holes-in-one, including one in 2004 at Grand Elk Ranch and Club in Colorado, a course he designed. 


At age 39, Patrick Duffyof Omaha, Neb., is too young to play in the U.S. Senior Open. But he’ll be very involved with the 2013 championship, when he serves as the general chairman of the Senior Open conducted that year at Omaha Country Club.

Jeffrey Fortson, 36, of Palm Desert, Calif., was in a national Tide commercial when he was 5 years old. Nowadays he spends his time helping fight autism and cancer. His son has autism and his sister has had breast cancer and is now fighting leukemia.

Jamison Friedman, 45, of Southampton, N.Y., is playing in his first USGA championship. Friedman, who owns a produce company called Freshouse, only signed up for the Mid-Amateur because he lives less than five miles from Atlantic Golf Club. 


Brian Harris, 39, of Kokomo, Ind., will be playing in his fifth Mid-Amateur since getting a pacemaker in 2003. He is also playing with a torn ACL in his left knee, and has a reconstructed ACL in his right knee. 

Keith Humerickhouse, 34, of New Castle, Colo., has five career holes-in-one, including one in 1998, when he made an ace at London Bridge Golf Course in Lake Havasu, Ariz., and won $10,000. 

Dave Honerkamp, 50, of Corona del Mar, Calif., is assistant vice president for asset management equity real estate for Pacific Life. His company foreclosed on The Oaks Golf Club in Pass Christian, Miss., after the course was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. He has been a part of the team that brought the course back to life. 

Joey Hord, 30, of Portland, Ore., gave up golf at the age of 16 to pursue distance running and went to college on a track and field scholarship. After being away from the game of golf for 10 years, he took it up again at age 26 and is playing in his first USGA championship this week.

Christopher Hudson, 51, of Portland, Ore., is playing in his first USGA championship after trying to qualify for 20 years. He is aphysical education teacher and golf coach for the Portland Public School System. Golf isn’t his only skill – he ran track and cross country for the University of Oregon and was the Washington State AAA mile champion in 1977. He is also a certified Level 3 Alpine Ski Instructor at Mt. Hood Meadows, where he has been an instructor since 1985.

Scott Kammann, 37, of Baneberry, Tenn., was on his honeymoon at the 1995 U.S. Amateur, with his new wife Kristin serving as his caddie. He advanced to the quarterfinals, where he lost to eventual champion Tiger Woods. Kammann and his wife were front-page news that week. 

Patrick Kelly, 30, of Albuquerque, N.M., played Division I basketball for the University of New Mexico from 1998-2002. During his freshman year, the team made it to the NCAA Tournament, where the Lobos lost to eventual champion Connecticut in the second round.

Ryan Leahey, 25, of Orange, Conn., made his first hole in one at the age of 12, five days after he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Christopher Lee, 38, of Edmond, Okla., had a notable babysitter when he was a child – comedian: actor David Spade.

Stephen Marland, 43, of Houston, Texas, grew up in England playing soccer and rugby and came to the U.S. in 1985 to play soccer in school. He played for American University, which lost to UCLA in the championship final of the NCAA Tournament in eight overtimes. He started playing competitive golf when ankle injuries caused him to give up soccer. 

Michael Minicucci, 30, of Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in December of 2008 and had brain surgery on Dec. 31, 2008. He has since done chemotherapy and radiation to beat the cancer and is currently in remission. His last treatment was done 14 months ago.

Kevin Pomarleau, 41, of E. Wenatchee, Wash., is playing in his first USGA championship since the 1987 U.S. Junior Amateur. He went 14 years, from 1995 to 2009, without seeing his daughters, Demi and Jaice, who lived with their mother in Japan. Now they live with Pomarleau, which he calls a dream come true. 


Jason Robertson, 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., proposed to his wife Carol on the Great Wall of China. She is playing in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Wichita (Kan.) Country Club this week.

Herbie Sargent, 35, of Pelzer, S.C., is playing in his first USGA championship. His wife, Sarah Lynn Sargent, played in the U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont (Pa.) Country Club earlier this year. His caddie this week is his father-in-law, Ralph Johnston, who has played in the U.S. Open. Herbie has also caddied on the Futures Tour in 2006 and the LPGA in 2007 and 2008. In 2007, he was on Meaghan Francella’s bag when she beat Annika Sorenstam in a four-hole playoff to win an LPGA event. 


Richard Sexton, 39, of Birmingham, Ala., has high golf hopes for his sons. Sexton, a director for the Southern Golf Association, named his boys Palmer and Ryder.

Larry Vaughan, 54, of Naperville, Ill., has had both his replaced in the last 3½ years. He’s also had three knee surgeries in the last six years.

Tony Vincelli, 36, of Rosemont, Minn., was the National Class E Jr. High Chess champion in 1988.

Adam White, 27, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has just one hole-in-one, but it was a memorable one. He aced the fifth hole at Barton Hills Country Club, playing with his father Doug, who is the PGA Professional at the club.

Brian Whitman, 28, of Bloomfield, N.J., has caddied for his father at several USGA championships, including the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. In return, his father caddied for him at the 2006 U.S. Amateur at Hazeltine.

Gene Williams, 32, of Beeville, Texas, is the co-founder and director of The Bean-Dirks Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has distributed almost $500,000 in college scholarships to high school graduate from Beeville High School in need of financial aid. It was created in memory of one of his best friends, who passed away in college.

Richard Woolworth of Greenwich, Conn., is playing in his first USGA championship at the age of 58. He was a collegiate tennis and squash player and was ranked 10th as a U.S. amateur in squash in the 1980s. His spot in this year’s Mid-Amateur did not come easily – he was in a four-way playoff for the last spot and eagled the hole to beat out two others who birdied.


Compiled by Beth Murrison, manager of championship communications for the USGA. E-mail her with questions or comments at bmurrison@usga.org.

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