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Fact Sheet

2007 United States Mid-Amateur Championship
Sept. 29 - Oct. 4, 2007
Bandon Dunes Golf Resort
Bandon, Ore.

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
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 3 5 4 4 3 4 4 5 36
Yards 386 189 543 443 428 178 411 385 585 3,548


Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Par 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 36
Yards 383 452 199 553 390 131 363 389 558 3,418

BANDON TRAILS COURSE – 6,857 yards, par 71
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Par 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 4 5 36
Yards 392 214 549 408 128 432 444 321 575 3,463

Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 5 3 4 35
Yards 395 468 246 408 325 406 535 184 427 3,394

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 –

  • Saturday (Sept. 29) – First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Sunday (Sept. 30) – 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 (Oct. 1) – First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday (Oct. 2) – Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday (Oct. 3) – Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday (Oct. 4) – Final, match play (36 holes)

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:

  • 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.

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.

Ken Bakst, New York, N.Y. – 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2006 USGA Senior Amateur champion
Alan Bratton, Stillwater, Okla., 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Josh Dennis, Birmingham, Ala. – 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur runner-up
Austin Eaton, New London, N.H. – 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa – 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. – 1999 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, Calif. – 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. – 1994, 2001 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Trip Kuehne, Dallas, Texas – 2007 USA Walker Cup team member
Steven Liebler, Irmo, S.C. – 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
Mike McCoy of West Des Moines, Iowa – 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist
Kevin Marsh, Las Vegas, Nev. – 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
George "Buddy" Marucci, Villanova, Pa. – USGA special exemption (Walker Cup 1995, 1997)
Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas – 2006 USGA Senior Amateur runner-up
Nathan Smith, Brookville, Pa. – 2003 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
Gary Wolstenholme, England – 2005 GB&I Walker Cup team
Dave Womack, McDonough, Ga. – 2006 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. – 2002 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion

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).

 
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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