The 9th Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is being held August 28-29 on the Rope Rider course at Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. The 36-hole stroke play championship is being conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
The first tee time in the first round on Tuesday, August 28 is 7:30 a.m.
Last year, Michael Ciez of Walla Walla, Wash. defeated Brian Barton of Pasco, Wash. in a one-hole playoff to take the Mid-Amateur title, with the championship last year being held at Wine Valley Golf Club. Barton is in the field again this year to try to take that final step.
Among the other contenders in the strong full field of 120 players are:
- Jacob Koppenberg (Bellingham) – Last week he was the qualifying co-medalist for the U.S. Mid-Amateur, and earlier this summer was the medalist in qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur. In July, Koppenberg made it to the quarterfinals of the PNGA Men’s Amateur.
- Reid Hatley (Hayden Lake, Idaho) – Hatley won this championship in 2016. He has been named the WSGA Mid-Amateur Player of the Year the past three years (2015, 2016, 2017). He was medalist at a 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur sectional qualifier, eventually making it to the round of 32 in the championship proper; and medalist at a 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur sectional qualifier, and last week qualified for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur. He was the medalist at a 2017 U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier. Earlier this year, he tied for sixth in the Mexican Amateur, made it to the quarterfinals of the PNGA Men’s Amateur, and was a member of the three-man WSGA team that won the Morse Cup competition of the 2018 Pacific Coast Amateur, held last month at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
- Bjorn Bjorke (Port Orchard) – The 2013 WSGA Mid-Amateur champion.
- Jeff Ward (Bend, Ore.) – The 2014 Pacific Northwest Men’s Mid-Amateur champion.
To be eligible, contestants must by 25 years of age or older by August 28, 2018. Competitors must have an active GHIN number and USGA Handicap Index issued by a WSGA member club not exceeding 12.4 at the time of entry.
The Rope Rider course was designed by Peter Jacobsen and Jim Hardy, and opened in 2011, when it was immediately named the Best New Course of the Year by Golf Magazine. In 2017, Rope Rider hosted the Washington State Amateur Championship.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving nearly 70,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds.
The WSGA also serves as a statewide representative of the United States Golf Association (USGA) and works closely with a number of allied associations within the golf industry for the betterment of the game.