Dave Womack reacts after making his par putt on the final hole of the 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur. Womack outlasted Ryan Hybl in 36 holes, 1 up, to win the 2006 championship Thursday at Forest Highlands Golf Club. (John Mummert/USGA)

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Womack Wins The 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Dave Womack, 27, of McDonough, Ga., made a 5-foot par putt on the last hole of the scheduled 36-hole final to win the 26th U.S. Mid-Amateur championship, 1 up, over Ryan Hybl, 25, of Winterville, Ga., at Forest Highlands Golf Club.

“Words can’t explain it,” said Womack. “I am so thrilled. I did not expect this at all. It’s amazing.”

It is the first national championship for Womack, and means a likely trip play in the Masters Tournament next April. For the Georgia-born, Georgia-schooled insurance agent, it’s a dream come true.

“It hasn’t sunk in,” said Womack, a 2001 Georgia State University graduate. “It is just unbelievable. I’ve always dreamed about going over there and playing.”

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Championship Facts

U.S. Mid-Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Canyon Course at Forest Highlands will be set up at 6,941 yards and par is 36-35--71. The Meadow Course, which will be used for stroke play during the championship’s first two days, will play at 7,339 yards and par 36-36--72.

ARCHITECT AT THE COURSE – Tom Weiskopf had a hand in designing both courses at Forest Highlands. He teamed with Jay Morrish on the Canyon Course, which was opened in 1988. Weiskopf was the lone architect for the newer Meadows Course, which was opened in 1999.

COURSE SET-UP – The USGA Course Rating™/Slope Rating® for Forest Highlands during the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is: Canyon Course: 73.3/133; Meadow Course: 73.6/135
Teeing ground – Penncross creeping bentgrass; Height of grass – 0.3"
Fairways – Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass/Poa annua; Height of grass – 0.5"
Putting greens – A-1/A4 creeping bentgrass; Height of grass – 0.105 inches with a speed of 11 feet on the USGA stimpmeter
Rough – Kentucky ryegrass; Height of grass – 2.5 inches

ENTRIES – The USGA accepted 4,052 entries for the 2006 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

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 – (Times are local, Mountain Time)
(Saturday) Sept. 9 – Starting at 8 a.m., first round, stroke play (18 holes)
(Sunday) Sept. 10 – Starting at 8 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. 11 – Starting at 9 a.m., first round, match play (18 holes)
(Tuesday) Sept. 12 – 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. 13 – Starting at 8 a.m., quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); starting at 1 p.m., semifinals, match play (18 holes)
(Thursday) Sept. 14 – 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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