2003 U.S. MID-AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP FACT SHEET
October 11-16, 2003
Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington, Del.

PAR AND YARDAGE Wilmington Country Club's South course will be set up at 6,978 yards (for stroke play) and 6,946 (for match play) and par is 35-3671. The North course, which will be used for stroke play during the first two days of the championship, will play at 6,259 yards and par 35-3570.

ARCHITECTS AT THE COURSES The South Course at Wilmington Country Club was designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. and opened in 1960. The North Course, which will be used as the second course for stroke play, was designed by Dick Wilson and opened in 1961.

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

WHO CAN PLAY Open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Oct. 11, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

  • Saturday, October 11 Starting at 7:30 a.m., first round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Sunday, October 12 Starting at 7:30 a.m., 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, October 13 Starting at 8:30 a.m., first round, match play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday, October 14 Starting at 7:45 a.m., second round, match play (18 holes); starting at 1 p.m., third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday, October 15 Starting at 8:00 a.m., quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); starting at 12:45 p.m., semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday, October 16 Starting at 8 a.m., final, match play (36 holes)

DEFENDING CHAMPION George Zahringer, 49, of New York, N.Y., became the oldest winner in the 22-year history of U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship when he defeated Jerry Courville Jr., 43, of Milford, Conn., 3 and 2, at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.

Zahringer, a member at Stanwich, was also the first medalist to win the title.

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 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.

ENTRIES The USGA accepted 4,469 entries for the U.S. Mid-Amateur, the fourth-highest count in the championship's 21-year history, shy of only the 5,271 entries received in 1997 and 4,667 in 2001, and 4,549 in 2002.

QUALIFYING Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur was held from Aug. 26-Sept. 11 at 68 courses. Two sectional qualifiers were held in the Wilmington, Del., area.

At Bent Creek Country Club in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 4th, qualifiers were Sean Knapp of Oakmont, Pa., David Richards of Lancaster, Pa.; David West of Downington, Pa., Jerry Ascolese of Blue Bell, Pa., Charles Dowds of Glenside, Pa., and Jamie Slonis of Sewell, N.J.

Robert Bechtold of Wilmington, Del., led qualifying at Whitemarsh Valley Country Club, also in Philadelphia, on Sept. 9th. Joining Bechtold as qualifiers from that site were Michael McDermott of Havertown, Pa., Andy Achenbach of Trappe, Pa., James Kieserman of Blue Bell, Pa., George Marucci Jr. of Radnor, Pa., David Liotta of Lansdale, Pa., and Chris Lange of Bryn Mawr, Pa.

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.

EXEMPTIONS TO THE 2003 U.S. MID-AM Seventeen players, including eight USGA champions, are exempt from qualifying into the championship. On that list are seven former U.S. Mid-Amateur champs and one past USGA Senior Amateur winner.

  • Frank Abbott, Napa, Calif., 2003 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
  • Ken Bakst, New York, N.Y. 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Patrick Carter, Lesage, W.Va. 2003 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist
  • Jerry Courville Jr., Milford, Conn. 1995 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up; 2003 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist
  • Austin Eaton III, New London, N.H. 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
  • Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. 1994 and 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
  • Trip Kuehne, Irving, Texas 2003 U.S. Open qualifier and 2003 USA Walker Cup team member
  • Trey Lewis, Hendersonville, Tenn. 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
  • John "Spider" Miller, Bloomington, Ind. 1996 and 1998 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Terrence Miskell, New Braunfels, Texas 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
  • John Pate, Santa Barbara, Calif. 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
  • Greg Puga, Los Angeles, Calif. 2000 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
  • Rick Reinsberg, Lafayette, Calif. 2003 U.S. Open qualifier
  • Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion
  • Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. 2001 and 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
  • George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion; 2003 USA Walker Cup team member; 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist

USGA CHAMPIONS IN THE FIELD In addition to the eight USGA champions who are exempt, 1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Tim Hogarth, of Northridge, Calif., also qualified for the Mid-Amateur.

THE USGA AND WILMINGTON COUNTRY CLUB This will be the sixth USGA championship conducted at Wilmington Country Club. In 1913, the club's original course hosted the U.S. Women's Amateur, won by Gladys Ravenscroft. In 1965, the USGA returned to WCC for the U.S. Junior Amateur, won by James Masserio. Six years later, Gary Cowan captured the 1971 U.S. Amateur at the club. And in 1978, the club simultaneously hosted the U.S. Junior Amateur, won by Donald Hurter, and the U.S. Girls' Junior, captured by Lori Castillo.

Wilmington Country Club is the only site in Delaware to host a USGA championship.

COURSE SET UP Wilmington Country Club

South Course 6,978 yards (stroke play) and 6,946 (match play), par 35-3671

Hole

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out

Par

4 4

5

3 4 4 3 4 4 35

Yards

430 405 590 166/134 415 378 205 448 446 3,483/3,451

Hole

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

Par

4 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 36

Yards

400 344 410 190 529 380 614 188

440

3,495

North Course 6,259 yards, par 35-3570

Hole

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out

Par

4 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 3 35

Yards

327 368 383 415 470 375 186 363 159 3,046

Hole

10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In

Par

5 3 4 4 4 4 3 4 4 35

Yards

542 160 351 405 318 420 180 384 453 3,213

MID-AM ON THE WEB For scores, pairings, and the latest U.S. Mid-Amateur information, log on to the USGA Internet site at www.usga.org. Real-time scoring will be available via the championship web site at www.usmidam.org.

USGA TOLL-FREE INTERVIEW HOTLINE An interview with the 2003 champion will be available after the final. Call toll free - (888) 321-USGA. The interviews are broadcast quality and are about three minutes in length.

FUTURE U.S. MID-AMATEUR SITES The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be played at Sea Island Country Club in Sea Island, Ga., from Oct. 2-7, 2004, and at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn., from Sept. 10-15, 2005.

MEDIA CENTER The media contacts at the 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Wilmington Country Club, Beth Murrison and Ken Klavon, can be reached in the media room at (302) 654-7395, and the fax number is (302) 654-7253.


 

 


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