The 8th Washington State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship is being held August 29-30 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash. The 36-hole stroke play championship is being conducted by the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA).
Last year, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho won this championship by three shots over second-place finisher Cory Mehl of Seattle. Hatley had finished third in 2015 and second in 2014, and is in the field again this year to try to defend his title. He was named the WSGA Men’s Mid-Amateur Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016. Earlier this month, Hatley played in the U.S. Amateur at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He also finished third in this year’s Washington State Men’s Best-Ball Championship, with partner Nate Hair of Edwall, Wash., who is also in this year’s field.
The champion of this year’s Best-Ball, Cameron Whittle of Moses Lake, is in this year’s field. Whittle won the Best-Ball title with partner Aaron Whalen.
Tom Hale of Lakewood, Wash., who won this championship in 2014, is also in the field this year.
Also in the field is Erik Hanson of Kirkland, Wash., the 2016 WSGA Senior Men’s Player of the Year, who earlier this year won his fourth title in the Pacific Northwest Master-40 Amateur.
To be eligible, contestants must by 25 years of age or older by August 29, 2017. 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.
Wine Valley, a links-like layout that opened in 2009, was designed by Northwest native Dan Hixson. The course has been the site of numerous state and regional championships, including the 2014 Washington State Men’s Amateur, 2016 Washington State Senior Men’s Amateur, 2012 Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur and 2013 Pacific Northwest Women’s Amateur. It has hosted several USGA national championship qualifiers, and since 2010 has been the site of the annual Northwest Open.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 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.