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Mickelson, Byrd Post First-Round Wins At Mid-Amateur

River Hills, Wis. – Jordan Byrd, 32, of Clemson, S.C., and Tim Mickelson, 31, of San Diego, Calif., the brothers of notable PGA Tour pros, were among the 32 players to win first-round matches Monday in the rain at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Milwaukee Country Club.

Byrd, the assistant men’s golf coach at Clemson, took the lead for good at the third hole on the 7,004-yard, par-70 layout, and defeated Ron Ewing, 40, of Merced, Calif., 3 and 2. Mickelson, the head coach at the University of San Diego and Phil Mickelson’s younger brother, holed a 5-foot putt on the last hole to edge Scott Kammann, 35, of Baneberry, Tenn., 1 up.

Medalist Skip Berkmeyer eliminated Dan Horner in the first round Monday at Milwaukee C.C. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Byrd will now face Clemson graduate Steve White, 36, of Jackson, Wyo., who won the last two holes to edge 2002 USGA Senior Amateur champion Greg Reynolds, 61, of Grand Blanc, Mich., 1 up. Mickelson will face Michael Stamberger, 36, of Plainfield, N.J., who beat Brian Haskell, 42, of St. Joseph, Mo., 5 and 4.

“I hit some good quality shots, especially early in the round,” said Byrd, who was 4 up through 12. “I made some really good putts. I won this match with my putter.”

Byrd enjoyed his win even more with his younger brother, Jonathan, on the bag. Jonathan flew in Sunday night after playing on Tour to caddie for Jordan the rest of the way.

“He’ll be a lot more help to me tomorrow now that he has seen the course. He has to learn to speed up a bit though,” Jordan said with a laugh. “But he had a lot of work to do. It seemed like I hit it in a bunker on every other hole.”

Like Byrd, Mickelson thought his putter made the difference.

“My putter didn’t let me down, especially at the end,” said Mickelson, who has alternated between a belly putter and a conventional putter over the last five years. “I felt like we both played pretty solid in those conditions. I believe I was one over par.

“Hopefully, I’ve got five more wins in me.”

Play continues with the second- and third-round matches on Tuesday. The championship runs through Thursday’s 36-hole final, with the winner receiving a likely invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.

Medalist and top-seeded Skip Berkmeyer, 34, of St. Louis, Mo., safely advanced with a win against Dan Horner, 30, of Sandy, Utah, 3 and 2. Berkmeyer was the low scorer for 36 holes of stroke play at 2-under-par 138.

“In a word, I survived,” Berkmeyer said. “I chipped and putted pretty well, but it was difficult. It was a difficult day for everyone (because of the rain, which was heavy at times during the afternoon). But, I think it was more me than the weather.”

Steve Galko, 34, of Dallas, Texas, scored the most lopsided win Monday. Galko, a member of the Texas team that won the 2005 USGA Men’s State Team title, won the first five holes and closed out his match against Brooks Freeman of Midwest City, Okla., 7 and 6.

The oldest player to advance was 53-year-old Chris Lange of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Lange birdied the par-3 eighth hole to take the lead and went on to defeat Matthew Clarke of Loudonville, N.Y., 3 and 2.

The Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Craig Smith, the USGA's director of media relations. E-mail him with questions or comments at

River Hills, Wis. – Results from the first-round of match play Monday at the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur being played at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee Country Club:

Round of 64

Upper Bracket

Richard Berkmeyer, St. Louis, Mo. (138) def. Dan Horner, Sandy, Utah (147), 3 and 2

Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (145) def. Matthew Clarke, Loudonville, N.Y. (145), 3 and 2

Jordan Byrd, Clemson, S.C. (143) def. Ron Ewing, Merced, Calif. (146), 3 and 2

Steve White, Jackson, Wyo. (146) def. Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. (143), 1 up

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. (147) def. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. (141), 1 up

Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. (146) def. T. J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. (144), 1 up

Carlton Forrester, Atlanta, Ga. (147) def. Andy Roberts, Owensboro, Ky. (142), 3 and 2

Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield, Colo. (144) def. Gene Gizzarelli, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (146), 1 up

Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash. (140) def. Saxon McFarland, Boise, Idaho (147), 21 holes

Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. (145) def. Nathan Colson, Milwaukee, Wis. (144), 1 up

Matthew Williams, Albuquerque, N.M. (142) def. Skip Corneliussen, Charlotte, N.C. (147), 3 and 2

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa (144) def. Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H. (146), 6 and 4

David Noll Jr., Dalton, Ga. (141) def. Garrett Morrison, Orlando, Fla. (147), 5 and 4

Josh Gregory, Augusta, Ga. (144) def. Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, Calif. (146), 3 and 1

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. (142) def. Eric Spencer, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (147), 2 up

Ryan McDonald, Rocklin, Calif. (146) def. Raymond Floyd, Old Greenwich, Conn. (144), 4 and 3


Lower Bracket

Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif. (139) def. Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn. (147), 1 up

Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J. (145) def. Brian Haskell, St Joseph, Mo. (145), 5 and 4

Randy Haag, Burlingame, Calif. (143) def. Jeff Williams, Chuluota, Fla. (146), 1 up

Ty Cox, Fort Worth, Texas (146) def. Brad Nurski, Saint Joseph, Mo. (143), 4 and 3

Steve Wilson, St. Martin, Miss. (141) def. Chris Hall, Kennesaw, Ga. (147), 2 and 1

Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. (144) def. John Bearrie, Arlington, Texas (146), 4 and 3

Jim Dunlap, Tigard, Ore. (142) def. Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. (147), 3 and 2

Ted Moloney, Clayton, Mo. (146) def. Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. (144), 2 and 1

Andrew Davis, Chicago, Ill. (147) def. Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. (140), 1 up

Steve Galko, Dallas, Texas (144) def. Brooks Freeman, Midwest City, Okla. (145), 7 and 6

Jeffrey Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. (147) def. Chris Noel, Tulsa, Okla. (143), 2 and 1

Ricky Jones, Thomaston, Maine (146) def. Jason Oien, Irvine, Calif. (144), 1 up

Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. (147) def. Scott Fawcett, Dallas, Texas (141), 3 and 2

Adam Dooley, Albany, Minn. (146) def. Matt Behm, Janesville, Wis. (144), 2 up

Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (142) def. Michael Harrington, Colorado Springs, Colo. (147), 6 and 5

John Ehrgott, Peoria, Ill. (144) def. Alan Bratton, Stillwater, Okla. (146), 4 and 3

Rivers Hills, Wis. -- Pairings for the second round of match play Tuesday at the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur being played at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee Country Club (All times CDT):

Round of 32

Upper Bracket

7:30 a.m.             Richard Berkmeyer, St. Louis, Mo. (138) vs. Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (145)

7:40 a.m.             Jordan Byrd, Clemson, S.C. (143) vs. Steve White, Jackson, Wyo. (146)

7:50 a.m.             Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. (147) vs. Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. (146)

8 a.m.             Carlton Forrester, Atlanta, Ga. (147) vs. Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield, Colo. (144)

8:10 a.m.             Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash. (140) vs. Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. (145)

8:20 a.m.             Matthew Williams, Albuquerque, N.M. (142) vs. Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa (144)

8:30 a.m.             David Noll Jr., Dalton, Ga. (141) vs. Josh Gregory, Augusta, Ga. (144)

8:40 a.m.             Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. (142) vs. Ryan McDonald, Rocklin, Calif. (146)

Lower Bracket

8:50 a.m.             Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif. (139) vs. Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J. (145)

9 a.m.             Randy Haag, Burlingame, Calif. (143) vs. Ty Cox, Fort Worth, Texas (146)

9:10 a.m.             Steve Wilson, St. Martin, Miss. (141) vs. Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. (144)

9:20 a.m.             Jim Dunlap, Tigard, Ore. (142) vs. Ted Moloney, Clayton, Mo. (146)

9:30 a.m.             Andrew Davis, Chicago, Ill. (147) vs. Steve Galko, Dallas, Texas (144)

9:40 a.m.             Jeffrey Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. (147) vs. Ricky Jones, Thomaston, Maine (146)

9:50 a.m.             Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. (147) vs. Adam Dooley, Albany, Minn. (146)

10 a.m.            Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (142) vs. John Ehrgott, Peoria, Ill. (144)




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.


  • 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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