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Trip Kuehne, 35, of Irving, Texas, holds the Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Trophy as the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. He defeated Dan Whitaker, 26, of Cle Elum, Wash., 9 and 7, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Kuehne is the third member of his family to have won a USGA title, joining his brother, Hank, and his sister, Kelli. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

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Trip Kuehne Wins 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur,

9 And 7 Over Dan Whitaker

Bandon, Ore. – Trip Kuehne, 35, of Irving, Texas, won four of the first six holes and pulled away to claim the U.S. Mid-Amateur title over Dan Whitaker, 26, of Cle Elum, Wash., 9 and 7, at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.

“It’s been a long journey; one that started 13 years ago,” said Kuehne in reference to his runner-up finish to Tiger Woods at the 1994 U.S. Amateur. “I got the job done this time. It doesn’t get any better than this. It truly is a dream come true. I thought this day would never come.”

Kuehne never really gave Whitaker a chance. He was the equivalent of 5 under par for his 29 holes and never made a bogey. His reward was the Robert T. Jones Memorial Trophy and a spot in next year’s Masters Tournament.


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Championship Facts

PAR AND YARDAGE – The Bandon Dunes course is set to play at 6,966 yards and par 36-36—72. The Bandon Trails course, which will be utilized as the second course for the stroke play portion of the Championship (two rounds), is set up at 6,857 yards with a par of 36-35—71.

ARCHITECTS OF THE COURSES – Bandon Dunes was the first of the three golf courses designed at the resort. The course was designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd and it was opened in 1999. The Bandon Trails course was the last of the three to open for play. The Trails course was designed by the team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. It was opened in 2005.

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

WHO CAN PLAY – Amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 29, and who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, are eligible.

ENTRIES – The USGA accepted 4,426 entries for the 2007 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

QUALIFYING – Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur was conducted from Aug. 27-Sept. 7 at 67 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 on the Bandon Dunes course.

 

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