September 5, 2008

Follow Elbaum at the U.S. Mid-Am

2008 U.S. MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
September 6-11
Milwaukee Country Club, 8000 North Range Line Road, River Hills, Wis.
Brown Deer Park Golf Course, 7625 North Range Line Road, Milwaukee, Wis.
 
ONLINE –Log on to www.usmidam.org for real-time scoring and the latest, most up-to-date information.
 
FREE ADMISSION –Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend. Play begins at 7:30 a.m.
 
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
Saturday, Sept. 6 – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
Sunday, Sept. 7 – Second round, stroke play (18 holes). After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 64 scorers, who advance to match play.
Monday, Sept. 8 – First round, match play (18 holes)
Tuesday, Sept. 9 –Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
Wednesday, Sept. 10 – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
Thursday, Sept. 11 – Final, match play (36 holes)
 
THE FIELD – The starting field will consist of 264 golfers. Each golfer will play a single round on each of the two golf courses before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play at Milwaukee Country Club.
 
EIGHT FORMER MID-AM CHAMPIONS HEADLINE THE 2008 FIELD – Nineteen players, including 10 USGA champions, were fully exempt from having to qualify for the championship. The list includes eight U.S. Mid-Amateur champions and three USGA Senior Amateur winners.
 
Mike Bell of Indianapolis, Ind. – 2006 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Mark Bemowski of Mukwanago, Wis. – 2004 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Jordan Byrd of Clemson, S.C. – 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Ty Cox of Fort Worth, Texas - 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Austin Eaton III of New London, N.H. – 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Carlton Forrester of Birmingham, Ala. – 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
Danny Green of Jackson, Tenn. – 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Scott Hardy of Pleasant Hill, Calif. – 2006, 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
Jimmy Henderson of Lebanon, Ohio – 2008 U.S. Open qualifier
Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn. – 1994, 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Stan Lee of Heber Springs, Ark. – 2007 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Kevin Marsh of Las Vegas, Nev. – 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Thomas McGraw of Montgomery, Texas – 2006 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
Tim Mickelson of San Diego, Calif. – 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Nathan Smith of Brookville, Pa. – 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Dan Whitaker of Cle Elum, Wash. – 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
Jeffrey Wilson of Fairfield, Calif. – 2008 U.S. Open qualifier
Dave Womack of McDonough, Ga. – 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
George Zahringer of New York, N.Y. – 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
 
FOR THE WINNER – The champion receives:

  • A gold medal and custody of the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy for the ensuing year.
  • An exemption from local qualifying at the next U.S. Open, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next U.S. Amateur, if still an amateur.
  • A 10-year exemption for the Mid-Amateur.
  • A probable invitation to compete in the next Masters Tournament, if still an amateur.
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, if eligible.
  • An exemption from sectional qualifying at the next USGA Senior Amateur, if eligible.

 

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 for a total of nine USGA championships, more than any golfer.
 
WHO CAN PLAY –Amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 6, and who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, are eligible.
 
ENTRIES – Entries for the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur closed July 16. The USGA accepted 3,839 entries for the 2008 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.
 
QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur was conducted from July 28-Aug. 18 at 68 sites. For complete results, visit http://www.usmidam.org/news/qualifying-results.html
 
PAR AND YARDAGE – The course at Milwaukee Country Club is set to play at 7,004/6,958 yards and par 35-35 - 70. Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which will be utilized as the second course for the stroke-play portion of the championship (two rounds), is set up at 6,728 yards with a par of 34-36 - 70.
 
COURSE SET-UP
Milwaukee Country Club:
Teeing ground – .350
Fairways – .350 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to attain speeds of 11-11.5 feet on a Stimpmeter;
Intermediate Rough – 1½ “ (6 feet width)
Primary Rough: 3½ to 4”
 
Brown Deer Park Golf Course:
Teeing ground – .450
Fairways – .450 inch
Putting greens – Prepared to attain speeds of 11-11.5 feet on a Stimpmeter;
Intermediate Rough – 1½ “ (6 feet width)
Primary Rough: 3½ to 4”
 
SLOPE AND COURSE RATINGS – The Milwaukee Country Club course setup will result in a USGA Course Rating™ of 74.2 and a Slope Rating® of 136. The Brown Deer Park setup will result in a Course Rating™ of 72.6 and a Slope Rating® of 133.
 
ARCHITECTS OF THE COURSES – H.S. Colt and Charles Alison designed the course at Milwaukee Country Club, which opened in 1911. The club was founded in 1894. George Hansen was the architect of Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which opened in 1929.
 
THE USGA AND MILWAUKEE COUNTRY CLUB
– Milwaukee Country Club previously hosted the 1969 Walker Cup Match, won by the USA, and the 1988 USGA Senior Amateur, won by Clarence Moore.
 
Brown Deer Park Golf Course has hosted three U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships, in 1951 (won by Dave Stanley), 1966 (won by Lamont Kaser) and 1977 (won by Jerry Vidovic).
 
THE USGA AND WISCONSIN – This will be the 11th USGA championship conducted in Wisconsin. Most recently, Erin Hills hosted the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship in June, won by Tiffany Joh. Whistling Straits in Kohler hosted the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, which was won by Brad Bryant.
 
FUTURE U.S. MID-AMATEUR SITES
–The 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club, from Oct. 3-8, and the 2010 Mid-Amateur is scheduled for Sept. 25-30 at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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