Kevin Marsh won the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur title on Thursday with a 10-and-9 victory over Carlton Forrester at The Honors Course in Chattanooga,Tenn. Marsh shot the equivalent of six under par over the 27 holes, with the usual concessions for match play. (Steve Gibbons/USGA)

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Marsh Wins 25th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

Chattanooga, Tenn. –Kevin Marsh, 32, of Las Vegas, Nev., built a large lead after the first 18 holes and cruised to a 10-and-9 victory at the 25th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, which concluded Thursday at the par-72, 7,037-yard Honors Course.

In the scheduled 36-hole final against Carlton Forrester, 29, of Birmingham, Ala., Marsh got off to a hot start, building a 3-up lead after seven holes and owned a 10-up lead after the first 18. Marsh would close out the match with a winning par at the 27th hole.

An Interview With The Champion


Right Attitude Key To Kevin Marsh's 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Run

Chattanooga, Tenn. – The letter still remains in Kevin Marsh’s possession. When the envelope arrived from the USGA that December day three years ago, it was one of the happiest moments of his life. He got his amateur status back, thus ending a tough three-year chapter.

The professional golf experience and the dream of making it to the PGA Tour would not become a reality and Marsh was prepared to move on to the next stage of adulthood. Regaining his amateur status would still offer the chance to compete, but without the pressure or daily grind attached to it.

He could relax again, something he did while acting as Pepperdine University’s interim men’s golf coach at the 1997 NCAA Division I Championships at Conway Farms outside of Chicago, and something the 32-year-old from Las Vegas, Nev., did all this week at The Honors Course, where he managed to survive a grueling marathon to capture the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur, defeating Carlton Forrester of Birmingham, Ala., 10 and 9, in Thursday’s 36-hole final.

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Notebook: Burgreen Teams With Friend

To Win Championship

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Chris Burgreen first met Kevin Marsh eight years ago while the latter was playing on the Hooters Tour, a minor-league circuit that has the majority of its events in the southeast. Burgreen had signed up to play in a pro-am near his hometown of Athens, Ala., and drew Marsh.

That week Burgreen wound up caddieing for Marsh and he made the cut. A year later, Marsh used Burgreen again at the event and again made the cut. The two have been best friends ever since.

So with the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur in Chattanooga this year, Burgreen offered up his services to caddie for Marsh. Marsh was exempt from qualifying based on his 2004 quarterfinalist showing at Sea Island Golf Club.


 
Championship Facts

U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

PAR AND YARDAGE The Honors Course will be set up at 7,037 yards and par is 36-3672. Black Creek Club, which will be used for stroke play during the championship's first two days, will play at 6,944 yards and par 36-3672.

ARCHITECT AT THE COURSE The Honors Course was designed by Pete Dye and opened in 1983. Black Creek Club was designed by Brian Silva and opened in 2000.

WHO CAN PLAY Open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 10, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.

ENTRIES The USGA accepted 4,130 entries for the 2005 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

QUALIFYING Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted from Aug. 3-15 at 68 sites.

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.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

  • Saturday (Sept. 10 ) Starting at 7:45 a.m., first round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Sunday (Sept. 11) Starting at 7:45 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 (Sept. 12) Starting at 9 a.m., first round, match play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday (Sept. 13) Starting at 8 a.m., second round, match play (18 holes); starting at 1:15 p.m., third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday (Sept. 14) Starting at 8 a.m., quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); starting at 1 p.m., semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday (Sept. 15) Starting at 8 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., final, match play (36 holes)

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

 
 

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