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Steve Wilson hoists the Robert T. Jones Memorial Trophy as the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Wilson beat Todd Mitchell, 5 and 4, in Thursday's 36-hole final at Milwaukee C.C. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)




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Steve Wilson Beats Todd Mitchell In

U.S. Mid-Amateur Final, 5 And 4

River Hills, Wis. – Steve Wilson, 38, of Ocean Springs, Miss., gained the lead with a birdie on the 13th hole and pulled away for a 5-and-4 win over Todd Mitchell, 30, of Bloomington, Ill., in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship Thursday at Milwaukee Country Club.

With his win, Wilson earned custody of the Robert T. Jones trophy for a year and a probable invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.

“This is like hitting the lottery for me,” said Wilson, who has never been to Augusta National. “I never believed I could win anything this big.”

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Wilson Gives Caddie Another Masters Moment

With U.S. Mid-Amateur Victory

River Hills, Wis. – Gary Martin has a favorite Masters moment. The year was 1986 when Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, had a final round for the ages to claim his 18th and final major.

Martin was several hundred miles to the west in Hattiesburg, Miss., competing in what was then called the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic, a PGA Tour event for players not invited to the Masters. Martin enjoyed his finest day as a pro, tying for ninth ($5,000), and after signing for a 65, he caught glimpses of the finish at Augusta National.

“That was my shining moment,” said the 46-year-old southern Mississippi native.


Ex-Baseball Pro Mitchell Win Away From

Fulfilling Ultimate Golf Dream

River Hills, Wis. – Growing up as a baseball player in Bloomington, Ill., Todd Mitchell’s dream was to someday play in Busch Stadium, the home of his beloved St. Louis Cardinals.

When he was drafted in the 14th round by the New York Yankees in 1999 following three seasons at Illinois State, Mitchell’s goals changed. Now he hoped to wear the famed pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, one of the cathedrals in all of sports, not just baseball.

That pipedream ended for the shortstop after only two seasons in the minor leagues. But with one more strong performance at Milwaukee Country Club on Thursday, the 30-year-old insurance agent likely will be headed to one of golf’s grand venues: Augusta National.


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Championship Facts

U.S. Mid-Amateur

PAR AND YARDAGE The course at Milwaukee Country Club is set to play at 7,004/6,958 yards and par 35-3570. Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which will be utilized as the second course for the stroke-play portion of the championship (two rounds), is set up at 6,728 yards with a par of 34-3670.

ARCHITECTS OF THE COURSES H.S. Colt and Charles Alison designed the course at Milwaukee Country Club, which opened in 1911. The club was founded in 1894.

George Hansen was the architect of Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which opened in 1929.

WHO CAN PLAY – Amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before Sept. 6, and who have a USGA Handicap Index® not exceeding 3.4, are eligible.

ENTRIES Entries for the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur closed July 16. The USGA accepted 3,839 entries for the 2008 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.

QUALIFYING Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted from July 28-Aug. 18 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 at Milwaukee Country Club.

SCHEDULE OF PLAY

  • Saturday, Sept. 6 First round, stroke play (18 holes)
  • Sunday, Sept. 7 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. 8 First round, match play (18 holes)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 9 -Second round, match play (18 holes); Third round, match play (18 holes)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10 Quarterfinals, match play (18 holes); Semifinals, match play (18 holes)
  • Thursday, Sept. 11 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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