U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifying will be held at Spokane (Wash.) Country Club on Friday, September 6, as 22 players will look to earn one of the two available spots at this qualifier to advance to the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. The two players who advance from this qualifier will go on to compete in the 33rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which will be held Oct 5-10 at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.).
The first tee time for this 18-hole qualifier is set for 9:00 a.m. For tee times, pairings and to follow along with live scoring, please visit www.thewsga.org.
Notables in the field of this qualifier include Jimbob Coleman of Billings, Mont., who was the Medalist at this qualifier last year, earning a trip to the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Two years ago, Coleman had his amateur status reinstated.
Also in the field is Kent Brown of Colville, Wash. Brown has been the recipient of multiple WSGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year honors, most recently in 2008.
Organized in 1898, Spokane Country Club is the Northwest’s third-oldest golf club. The course’s current location was built in 1911 and designed by James Barnes, the club pro at the time. Barnes would later win the 1921 U.S. Open and the 1925 British Open. The course was later remodeled by noted architect Robert Muir Graves, and has been the site of the first-ever U.S. Women’s Open (in 1946) and the 1969 U.S. Junior Amateur.
This year marks the 33rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Entries for the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur were open to players who have reached their 25 th birthday by Saturday, October 5, 2013, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4. The championship proper consists of 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, held on October 5-6, to determine the 64 players who will then compete in single elimination match play to determine the champion. Champions of this event earn an invitation to the Masters.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association (USGA), 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. The Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) is the local representative of the USGA and conducts this qualifier for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.