U.S. MID-AMATEUR
Meet the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Quarterfinalists October 6, 2015 | Vero Beach, Fla. By USGA

David Bolen next faces 2013 USA Walker Cup competitor Todd White in the quarterfinals at John's Island Club. (USGA/Chris Keane)

David Bolen, 36, Lubbock, Texas

  • Played in the 2001 U.S. Amateur at East Lake GC
  • 2002 graduate of Texas Tech who loves to watch Red Raider teams on TV
  • Reinstated amateur as of 2006
  • Loves the state of Colorado, where he skis and goes four-wheeling
  • Spends much of his free time at lake house near Austin, Texas
  • Married with one child
  • Dental sales manager
  • Born 12/1/78 in Lubbock, Texas

Jess Daley, 37, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  

  • Played in the 2001 U.S. Open – 2015 Mid-Amateur is first USGA championship since
  • Played in the 1998 and 1999 U.S. Amateurs
  • 2000 graduate of Northwestern University, where he earned first-team All-America honors and was a teammate of Luke Donald
  • Reinstated amateur as of 2015
  • Works as a self-employed surgical sales representative
  • 1996 Washington state high school champion
  • 1998 Washington State Amateur champion
  • Pro career derailed in 2004 because of a back injury
  • Born 12/17/77 in Kirkland, Wash.

Marc Dull, 29, Lakeland, Fla.

  • Played in 2009 U.S. Amateur stroke play with Rickie Fowler and shot 78-91 to miss the cut
  • Works as a caddie at Streamsong (Fla.) Resort
  • His caddie, Richard Stapleton, is also from Streamsong
  • Great-Grandson of two-time U.S. Senior Amateur champion Dexter Daniels
  • Earned amateur reinstatement in 2013
  • Attended Florida Southern University
  • Has a 2-year-old son
  • Has three career holes-in-one, all in last four years – one on No. 5 of the Blue Course at Streamsong
  • Likes saltwater fishing
  • Born 4/28/86 in Conyers, Ga.

David Gies II, 26, Charlotte, N.C.

  • Youngest remaining player in match play
  • Played in the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Amateurs and the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur
  • Attended the University of North Alabama
  • Earned All-Gulf South Tournament honors in 2009
  • Works at Quail Hollow Club, the home of the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship
  • Calls himself a beer connoisseur and “huge” sports fan
  • Born 6/27/89 in Norfolk, Va.

Joshua Irving, 29, Dallas, Texas

  • Defeated Glenn Przybylski, 5 and 4, in the third round after Przybylski had defeated co-medalist and defending champion Scott Harvey in the second round
  • Played in 2014 Mid-Amateur and did not qualify for match play
  • Won 2015 North Texas Amateur
  • Finished third at 2015 Texas State Mid-Amateur
  • Played college golf at Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Two-year team captain in college
  • Three career holes-in-one (all while in high school)
  • Calls himself “absolutely unbeatable” in ping pong
  • Works as a manager for an import company
  • Born 9/28/86 in Mansfield, Texas

Sammy Schmitz, 35, Farmington, Minn.

  • At No. 8, is highest remaining seed in match play
  • Advanced to match play in three consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateurs (Rd of 32 in 2012, Rd of 64 in 2011)
  • Played for Minnesota in the 2009 USGA Men’s State Team Championship
  • Three-time Minnesota Player of the Year
  • Reinstated amateur as of 2006
  • Regional director for a health-care services company
  • 2003 graduate of St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
  • Married with two young daughters
  • Plays recreational hockey (left-handed)
  • Born 9/7/80 in Farmington, Minn.

Todd White, 47, Spartanburg, S.C.

  • Teamed with Nathan Smith to win the 2015 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at The Olympic Club in May
  • Member of victorious 2013 United States Walker Cup Team
  • Semifinalist in 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur; advanced to quarterfinals in 2014
  • 2015 Azalea Amateur champion
  • No. 236 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • Oldest remaining player in match play
  • 1990 Northeast Amateur, South Carolina Amateur champion
  • 2004 Azalea Amateur runner-up
  • 1990 graduate of Furman University
  • 2003 Furman University Athletic Hall of Fame inductee
  • Three-time South Carolina Match Play winner
  • 2010 South Carolina Mid-Amateur and Palmetto Amateur champion
  • Carolinas Golf Association Player of the Year in 2004
  • South Carolina Golf Association Player of the Year in 2004, 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Reinstated amateur as of 2001
  • High school history teacher and former high school football coach
  • Die-hard Chicago Cubs fan who calls himself “the most superstitious player in the field”
  • Born 11//67 in Spartanburg, S.C.
Brad Wilder, 36, Fort Wright, Ky.
  • Playing in fourth U.S. Mid-Amateur (2006, 2010, 2014 – match-play loss in first round in 2010)
  • Played in the 2002 U.S. Amateur Public Links and 2004 and 2007 U.S. Amateurs
  • Won 2003 and 2005 Cincinnati Opens
  • Won 2011 Cincinnati City Amateur
  • Runner-up in 2009 Cincinnati City Amateur
  • Runner-up in 2009 Baltusrol Invitational
  • Runner-up in 2010 Stocker Cup
  • Shot 65 at Pinehurst No. 8 in North and South Amateur
  • 2001 graduate of the University of Cincinnati
  • College teammate of current PGA Tour player Jim Herman
  • Academic All-American in 2000 and 2001
  • Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2001
  • Nose has been broken four times, once by a golf ball
  • Wealth advisor for a bank
  • Born 4/13/79 in Cincinnati, Ohio

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