2007 United States Mid-Amateur Championship
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.
COURSE SET-UP –Teeing ground – Height of grass – ½ inch; Fairways – Height of grass – ½ inch; Putting greens – Prepared to attain speeds of 10 feet on a Stimpmeter; Rough – Height of grass – 3 inches.
SLOPE AND COURSE RATINGS – The Bandon Dunes course setup will result in a USGA Course Rating™ of 75.1 and a Slope Rating® of 145. The Bandon Trails setup will result in a Course Rating™ of 73.2 and a Slope Rating® of 133. An “average” Slope Rating in the U.S. is approximately 113.
BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT HOLE-BY-HOLE:
BANDON DUNES COURSE – 6,966 yards, par 72
BANDON TRAILS COURSE – 6,857 yards, par 71
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.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY –
ADMISSION – Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship and spectators are encouraged to attend.
THE 2006 CHAMPIONSHIP – Dave Womack, 28, of McDonough, Ga., birdied and won the first two holes of the 36-hole final and held his slim lead the rest of the way against Ryan Hibl of Winterville, Ga.. The final margin was a 1-up victory for Womack at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz.
Womack built a 3-up lead on two different occasions, but Hybl closed to be only 1 down heading to the last two holes. Both of those last two holes were halved with pars.
FOR THE WINNER – The champion receives:
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.
THE USGA AND BANDON DUNES GOLF RESORT – The 2006 Curtis Cup Match was held on the Pacific Dunes golf course, the second layout at the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. The Curtis Cup Match is a team competition between amateur squads from the USA and Great Britain and Ireland.
THE USGA AND OREGON – This will be the USGA’s second visit to Oregon in 2007. Prior to the Mid-Amateur the 2007 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur was held at Sunriver Resort from Sept. 1-6.
EXEMPTIONS INTO THE 2007 U.S. MID-AM – Nineteen players, including nine USGA champions, were fully exempt from having to qualify for the Championship. The list includes eight past U.S. Mid-Amateur champions and one past USGA Senior Amateur winner.
One past Mid-Amateur champion, Mike Podolak, of Oxbow, N.D. (1984) and one past USGA champion, Tim Hogarth, of Northridge, Calif., (1996 U.S. Amateur Public Links) made the field by qualifying.
WALKER CUP REPRESENTATION – Six players in the Mid-Amateur field have played for the USA in a Walker Cup Match. Buddy Marucci of Villanova, Pa., the USA Walker Cup team captain for 2007, was a playing member of the team in 1995 and 1997. Others who were members of a Walker Cup team were Alan Bratton (1995) of Stillwater, Okla.; Danny Green (2001) of Jackson, Tenn.; Tim Jackson (1995 and 1999) of Germantown, Tenn.; Trip Kuehne (1995, 2003 and 2007) of Dallas, Texas; Mike Podolak (1985) of Oxbow, N.D. and George Zahringer (2003) of New York, N.Y.
Gary Wolstenholme of England played on six consecutive teams for the Great Britain and Ireland (1995-2005).
FUTURE U.S. MID-AMATEUR SITES – The 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Milwaukee Country Club, from Sept. 6-11. The 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Club, from Oct. 3-8.
MEDIA CENTER – Prior to the championship, Craig Smith and Pete Kowalski, the media contacts for the 2007 U.S. Mid-Amateur, can be reached at (908) 234-2300. As of Sept. 27, they can be reached in the media center at (541) 347-5915. They can also be reached via cell phone at (908) 216-3229 (Smith) and (908) 216-8435 (Kowalski).