2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Fact Sheet

PAR AND YARDAGE: The Old Course at Saucon Valley Country Club will be set up at 7,076 yards and will play to a par of 36-35–71. The Weyhill Course at Saucon Valley Country Club, which will serve as the companion course for the two days of stroke-play qualifying, will be set up at 7,054 yards and play to a par of 36-35–71. (All yardages are subject to change)

OLD COURSE HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 4 4 3 36
Yards        558      474      374      159      480      560      456      429       215      3,705 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 35
Yards 387 172 445 338 185 601 496 407 340 3,371

WEYHILL COURSE HOLE BY HOLE:

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Total
Par  4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36
Yards        414      569       393       204       419       145       368       585       440      3,537 
 
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Total
Par 4 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 4 35
Yards 488 395 183 449 410 201 587 404 400 3,517

 

ARCHITECT: Herbert Strong designed Saucon Valley Country Club’s Old Course, which opened in 1922. Revisions were completed by William Gordon, Perry Maxwell and most recently Tom Marzolf from the Fazio Group. David Gordon and William Gordon designed Saucon Valley Country Club’s Weyhill Course. It opened for play in 1968. Marzolf also did a recent renovation to the course.

WHO CAN ENTER: The championship is open to any amateur golfer who is 25 years old by Sept. 6 with a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4.

ENTRIES: The USGA accepted 3,891 entries for the 2014 championship, which was 348 fewer than in 2013. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997. The deadline for entries was July 9.

SECTIONAL QUALIFYING: Sectional qualifying, conducted over 18 holes, is scheduled between July 16 and Aug. 6, at 68 sites throughout the country.

EXEMPT PLAYERS: A total of 19 golfers are currently exempt from qualifying based on past performances in USGA championships, other elite amateur competitions or by being among the top 400 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of the close of entries. Here is the list of exempt competitors:

Bradley Bastion (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Kevin Carrigan (Top 400 in World  Amateur Golf Ranking)
Patrick Christovich (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Kenny Cook (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Austin Eaton III (2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion)
Douglas Hanzel (2013 U.S. Senior Amateur champion)
Scott Harvey (Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Tim Jackson (2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist)
Randal Lewis (2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion)
Kevin Marsh (2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf  Ranking)
Michael McCoy (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Todd Mitchell (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Matt Schneider (2013 U.S Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Nathan Smith (2009, 2010 and 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2011 and 2013 USA Walker Cup Team; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Ken Tanigawa (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist)
Todd White (2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist; 2013 USA Walker Cup Team; Top 400 in World Amateur Golf Ranking)
Bill Williamson (2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up)
Steve Wilson (2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion)
Dave Womack (2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion) 

SCHEDULE OF PLAY: Practice rounds will be held Sept. 4-5. 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. 6 (Saturday): First round of stroke-play qualifying
Sept. 7 (Sunday): Second round of stroke-play qualifying
Sept. 8 (Monday): First round of match play
Sept. 9 (Tuesday): Second and third rounds of match play
Sept. 10 (Wednesday): Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play
Sept. 11 (Thursday): Championship match (36 holes)

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

2013 CHAMPION: Michael McCoy, 50, of West Des Moines, Iowa, defeated Bill Williamson, 36, of Cincinnati, 8 and 6, to win the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Birmingham’s West Course. McCoy, who won his first USGA championship in a career that spans more than 30 years, registered the third-highest winning margin since the Mid-Amateur went to a 36-hole final in 2001. McCoy, the second-oldest Mid-Amateur champion behind Randal Lewis, who was 54 in 2011, built a 5-up lead after the morning 18 holes and was in control throughout. McCoy, who twice before advanced to the Mid-Amateur semifinals in 2005 and 2008, claimed the Robert T. Jones Memorial Trophy on the 30th hole of the match, the par-4 12th, when he spun a wedge to within three feet and was conceded the birdie putt.

USGA AND SAUCON VALLEY C.C.: This is the seventh USGA championship and first U.S. Mid-Amateur to be conducted at Saucon Valley Country Club. The most recent championship was the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open, won by Eun-Hee Ji. Here are the previous USGA championships held at Saucon Valley C.C.:

1951 U.S. Amateur (won by Billy Maxwell)
1983 U.S. Junior Amateur (won by Tim Straub)
1987 U.S. Senior Amateur (won by John Richardson)
1992 U.S. Senior Open (won by Larry Laoretti)
2000 U.S. Senior Open (won by Hale Irwin)
2009 U.S. Women’s Open (won by Eun-Hee Ji)

USGA CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PENNSYLVANIA: The 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be the 82nd USGA championship conducted in Pennsylvania. With the Mid-Amateur, the Pennsylvania joins California and Minnesota as the only states to host all 13 USGA national championships. Some of the game’s greatest players have won U.S. Opens in Pennsylvania, including Byron Nelson (1939), Ben Hogan (1950, 1953), Jack Nicklaus (1962), Lee Trevino (1971), Johnny Miller (1973) and Ernie Els (1994).

USGA Championships in Pennsylvania (82)        

U.S. Open (16): 1907, 1910, 1927, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1950, 1953, 1962, 1971, 1973, 1981, 1983, 1994, 2007, 2013
U.S. Women’s Open (8): 1952, 1959, 1968, 1971, 1976, 1992, 2009, 2010
U.S. Senior Open (3): 1989, 1992, 2000
U.S. Amateur (13): 1916, 1919, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1938, 1951, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1989, 2003, 2005
U.S. Women’s Amateur (13): 1899, 1904, 1909, 1919,1926, 1934, 1949, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1985, 2003, 2004
U.S. Girls’ Junior (5): 1949, 1954, 1966, 1985, 1998
U.S. Junior Amateur (3): 1983, 1997, 1999
U.S. Senior Amateur (3): 1965, 1971, 1987
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur (6): 1962, 1972, 1983, 1987, 2001, 2012
U.S. Mid-Amateur (1): 2014
U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur (1): 1990
U.S. Amateur Public Links (5): 1928, 1934, 1957, 1965, 1969
U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links (2): 1980, 1997
Curtis Cup Match (2): 1954, 2002
Walker Cup Match (1): 2009

U.S. MID-AMATEURS IN NORTHEAST REGION

Years, Courses and Winners1995: Caves Valley Golf Club, Owings Mills, Md. (Jerry Courville Jr.)
1996: Hartford Golf Club, West Hartford, Conn. (John “Spider” Miller)
2002: The Stanwich Club, Greenwich, Conn. (George Zahringer)
2003: Wilmington (Del.) Country Club, South Course (Nathan Smith)
2010: Atlantic Golf Club, Bridgehampton, N.Y. (Nathan Smith)

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: This is the 34th 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 U.S. 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.

For more information about the history of the championship, visit

http://www.usga.org/press_room/media_guide/Media-Guides/  and click on U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

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.

MORE INFORMATION: Please contact Brian DePasquale of USGA Championship Communications by phone at (908) 326-1884 (office), (908) 655-8395 (cell) or by email at bdepasquale@usga.org.

 

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