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Meet The Quarterfinalists

Jimmy Chestnut, 26, Grand Blanc, Mich.         5-over-par 145 in stroke play

Chestnut has trailed for only two holes in winning his first three matches… He lost the first hole of his first and third matches before squaring each of those matches by winning the next hole… He was 5 up through the first nine holes of his third-round match… A 2005 graduate of Michigan State, he helped the Spartans win the 2005 Big Ten title… Chestnut played professionally for one year before regaining his amateur status in June 2007…During that time, he played in the 2005 Buick Open and played on the Hooters Tour… He won the 2008 Michigan Amateur and has already wrapped up 2008 Michigan Player of the Year honors… He won the Big Ten individual title in 2005… And was an Academic All-Conference in 2004 and 2005…He is currently attending Law School at Michigan State and will graduate in May 2009… Chestnut was born in Lisbon, Portugal… He is playing in his first Mid-Amateur… He is the youngest of the quarterfinalists.

Sean Knapp, 46, Oakmont, Pa.                        2-over-par 142 in stroke play

Knapp hasn’t trailed since the fourth hole of his second match at Milwaukee Country Club… An accomplished career amateur, Knapp has qualified for 12 U.S. Amateurs and 11 U.S. Mid-Amateurs… He has made match play in four Amateurs and 11 Mid-Amateurs… This is the fourth time he has reached the quarterfinals of the Mid-Amateur… He was a quarterfinalist at the 1998 Amateur, where he lost to eventual runner-up Tom McKnight… Lost to Tiger Woods in the third round of the 1995 Amateur… He won the 1997 Pennsylvania State Amateur… He is a three-time winner of the State Mid-Amateur (1996, 1997 and 2004)… He is a vice president of a financial planning company… Married to wife, Suzanne, with two daughters.

Chris Lange, 53, Bryn Mawr, Pa.                     5-over-par 145 in stroke play

Lange is here on vacation as well as playing in the championship, celebrating his 10th wedding anniversary… He won the last four holes of his third-round match and won with a par on the 19th hole… He is the oldest player of the quarterfinalists… He is playing in his fifth Mid-Amateur… Additionally he has played in one U.S. Junior Amateur, seven U.S. Amateurs and two U.S. Senior Opens… In state play, he won the 1999 Amateur and the 2004 Philadelphia Open… He is a career amateur who works in real estate… A 1976 Georgetown graduate…Married to wife, Julie, with two children.

Mike McCoy, 45, West Des Moines, Iowa         2-over-par 142 in stroke play

McCoy has not trailed since the sixth hole of his first match heading into the quarterfinals… He has trailed for a total of one hole through his first three matches…McCoy is playing in his 10th Mid-Amateur… He was a semifinalist in 2005… He also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Amateur… A 1985 graduate of Wichita State, McCoy works in the insurance business… He played professionally before regaining his amateur status in 1987… He is a seven-time Iowa Player of the Year… He has won five Iowa State Amateurs and one Iowa State Open... He won the 2008 Trans-Miss Match Play Championship... He has seven holes-in-one… Serves on USGA Sectional Affairs Committee... Loves to collect books and read… Married to wife, Beth, with four children.

Todd Mitchell, 30, Bloomington, Ill.                 7-over-par 147 in stroke play

Mitchell is playing in his second Mid-Amateur… He reached the third round of match play in 2007… In his three matches thus far in 2008, he hasn’t trailed since the ninth hole of his second match… He won the 2008 Illinois Mid-Amateur and was second at the 2007 Illinois Mid-Amateur… He won the Illinois State Amateur in 2002 and 2003… He was the Chicago District Player of the Year in 2006… Also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Amateur… Mitchell is a 2000 graduate of Illinois State University who was drafted at shortstop by the New York Yankees… He played Class A baseball for two seasons… After considering a career in baseball, he turned to a business career as an insurance agent in his native Bloomington… His father was an all-American softball player… He is married to wife, Christine, with two children.

Michael Stamberger, 36, Plainfield, N.J.         5-over-par 145 in stroke play

Stamberger trailed for only one hole of his first two matches… He won the last two holes against Ty Cox in his third-round match to reach the quarterfinals… he beat Tim Mickelson in the second round, 1 up… He is playing in his fourth Mid-Amateur… His best Mid-Am finish prior to this week was a third-round loss in 2000… He has also qualified for the U.S. Amateur three times… A 1994 graduate of Old Dominion, Stamberger was a pro golfer for a few years, playing in a handful of Nationwide Tour events… He regained his amateur status in 1998… He won the Metropolitan Amateur (NY-NJ-CT) in 2003… He won the 2008 New Jersey Mid-Amateur… He is an investment trader on Wall Street… Married to wife, Laura, with three girls.

Jeff Wilson, 45, Fairfield, Calif.                        7-over-par 147 in stroke play

Wilson was the equivalent of two under par in winning his third round match, 3 and 1… He made only one bogey in the match… Wilson has reached the quarterfinals (or further) four times before, each time losing to the eventual champion… In 2001 and 2002, he reached the semifinals; in 2000 and 2004 he was a quarterfinalist… He has been the qualifying stroke-play medalist three times… This is his seventh Mid-Amateur… has played in four U.S. Opens, and was low amateur in 2000 at Pebble Beach He also qualified for the 2008 U.S. Open…He is a 1986 graduate of Pacific University… He is a reinstated amateur at of 1997… Family owns a car dealership… Married to wife, Vickie, with two children.

Steve Wilson, 38, Ocean Springs, Miss.         1-over-par 141 in stroke play

Wilson is playing in his second U.S. Mid-Amateur… He missed the cut at the 2006 Mid-Amateur…He owns a gas station… His hobby is playing flag football… His most notable golf highlight is winning the 2007 Mississippi State Amateur… He also won the 2008 Mississippi Mid-Amateur… He was second at the 2008 Mississippi Coast Amateur… Wilson has had 10 holes-in-one, with the most recent coming earlier this summer in a state team match against Arkansas amateurs… His low competitive round is a 63… He is a 1997 graduate of Southern Mississippi… Prior to attending Southern Mississippi, he was a junior college All-American at Mississippi Gulf Coast… He was inducted into the Mississippi Gulf Coast Sports Hall of Fame in 2008…He is a reinstated amateur as of May 2005…Married to wife, Shelly, with one son.

 

 

 
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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