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Jackson Shows He Still Has The Game To Compete At The U.S. Mid-Amateur

River Hills, Wis. – Tim Jackson of Germantown, Tenn., showed that he hasn’t forgotten how to go low, even as he is nearing the milestone age of 50 and competing against amateurs nearly half his age.

           

The 49-year-old Jackson, a two-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, cashed in seven birdies en route to a 5-under-par 65 Saturday at Milwaukee Country Club to hold the early first-day lead. He holds a one-stroke advantage over Scott Fawcett, 35, of Dallas, Texas, who started his round at Milwaukee Country Club with six birdies over his first nine holes before slipping to finish at 66.

Half of the 264-player field will finish later in the afternoon.

Milwaukee Country Club, set at 7,004 yards with a par of 70, is one of two courses being used for the stroke-play portion of the Mid-Amateur, where players must be at least age 25. The other is nearby Brown Deer Park Golf Course, which is set up at 6,728 yards and par 70.

Following 36 holes of stroke play, the field will be trimmed to the low 64 scorers, who will advance to match play. The championship runs through Thursday, with a probable invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament going to the winner.

“I expect to compete, but you don’t expect to shoot 65 on a USGA setup,” said Jackson, who won the title in 1994 and 2001. “It’s more gratifying when you’re older to play so well. I was pretty steady, and a bit surprised.”

Fawcett, an alternate who was admitted to the field on Wednesday, started his morning round with a championship-record-tying 29 for nine holes.

“I was able to stay in the moment and I wasn’t really thinking about much of anything,” said Fawcett, a reinstated amateur who played professionally on a variety of mini tours for eight years.

“I had a 29 once in a Teardrop Tour event in 1999, and I went on to finish second,” Fawcett added.

Three other golfers were under par in the morning wave, including Gene Elliott, 46, of West Des Moines, Iowa, who had a 68. Davis Boland, 37, of Louisville, Ky., and 31-year-old Tim Mickelson of San Diego, Calif., the younger brother of Tour player Phil Mickelson, shared low honors in the morning at Brown Deer with 69s.

Past champions Danny Green (1999) of Jackson, Tenn., and Nathan Smith (2003) of Pittsburgh, Pa., were among six others who finished at even-par 70.

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, USGA Director of Media Relations. Email him with questions or comments at csmith@usga.org.

River Hills, Wis. – Scores after Saturday’s first round of stroke play at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, being played at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee Country Club and the 6,728-yard, par-70 Brown Deer Park Golf Course (m = Milwaukee CC; b = Brown Deer Park GC):

Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. - 31-34--65m

Scott Fawcett, Dallas, Texas - 29-37--66m

Randy Haag, Burlingame, Calif. - 30-37--67m

Richard Berkmeyer, St. Louis, Mo. - 33-34--67b

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa - 31-37--68m

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. - 34-34--68b

Brian Haskell, St. Joseph, Mo. - 35-34--69m

G Davis Boland, Louisville, Ky. - 31-38--69b

Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. - 34-35--69m

Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif. - 33-36--69b

Brad Nurski, Saint Joseph, Mo. - 32-38--70b

Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. - 34-36--70b

David Noll Jr, Dalton, Ga. - 36-34--70m

Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash. - 35-35--70b

Jordan Byrd, Clemson, S.C. - 35-35--70b

Lee Palms, Greenville, S.C. - 34-36--70m

Matt Behm, Janesville, Wis. - 34-36--70b

Matthew Williams, Albuquerque, N.M. - 34-36--70b

Nathan Colson, Milwaukee, Wis. - 33-37--70b

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 36-34--70b

Steve Galko, Dallas, Texas - 33-37--70b

Touraj Jason Vedadi, Spokane Valley, Wash. - 34-36--70b

Adam Dooley, Albany, Minn. - 37-34--71m

Brooks Freeman, Midwest City, Okla. - 34-37--71b

Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. - 34-37--71m

Chris Noel, Tulsa, Okla. - 34-37--71m

Eric Spencer, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - 36-35--71b

James Volpenhein, Union, Ky. - 36-35--71b

Jeffrey Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. - 34-37--71b

Jim Dunlap, Tigard, Ore. - 36-35--71b

John Ehrgott, Peoria, Ill. - 35-36--71m

Josh Gregory, Augusta, Ga. - 35-36--71b

Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa - 34-37--71b

Ricky Jones, Thomaston, Maine - 33-38--71b

Steve White, Jackson, Wyo. - 35-36--71b

Steve Wilson, St Martin, Miss. - 34-37--71b

T. J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. - 35-36--71m

Ty Cox, Fort Worth, Texas - 34-37--71b

Aaron Hickman, Houston, Texas - 34-38--72b

Andy Roberts, Owensboro, Ky. - 34-38--72b

Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H. - 35-37--72b

Brad Niemann, Newburgh, Ind. - 35-37--72b

Carlton Forrester, Atlanta, Ga. - 35-37--72b

David Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 35-37--72b

Don Bell, Port Orange, Fla. - 35-37--72b

Greg Reynolds, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 34-38--72b

Howie Knodt, Chula Vista, Calif. - 34-38--72m
Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. - 38-34--72m

Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C. - 36-36--72m

John Urquhart, Phoenix, Ariz. - 36-36--72b

Marion E Williams III, Beeville, Texas - 34-38--72b

Richard Burgess Jr, Spartanburg, S.C. - 35-37--72b

Ryan McDonald, Rocklin, Calif. - 35-37--72b

Scott Davenport, Cartersville, Ga. - 34-38--72m

Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro, N.C. - 36-36--72m

Ted Moloney, Clayton, Mo. - 35-37--72m

Thomas Gramigna, Haddonfield, N.J. - 36-36--72b

Adam Thomas, Baxley, Ga. - 35-38--73m

Alan Bratton, Stillwater, Okla. - 37-36--73m

Chris Hall, Kennesaw, Ga. - 36-37--73m

Dan Horner, Sandy, Utah - 35-38--73m

Gene Gizzarelli, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. - 37-36--73m

Grady Brame, Hammond, La. - 36-37--73m

Jason Oien, Irvine, Calif. - 40-33--73m

Jeff Holmgaard, Loves Park, Ill. - 38-35--73b

Jeff Storrs, Hastings, Mich. - 36-37--73m

Jon Lindstrom, Broomfield, Colo. - 33-40--73m

Jonathan Orchin, Washington, D.C. - 36-37--73m

Kyle Wesolowski, Graham, Wash. - 35-38--73m

Marc Mandel, Philadelphia, Pa. - 34-39--73b

Matthew Clarke, Loudonville, N.Y. - 36-37--73m

Michael Hyland, Toledo, Ohio - 38-35--73b

Norman Swenson, Linville, N.C. - 37-36--73m

Ron Ewing, Merced, Calif. - 36-37--73b

Ronald Kilby, McAllen, Texas - 37-36--73b

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. - 37-36--73m

Tim C Thompson Jr, Houston, Texas - 35-38--73b

Tim Fisher, Statts Mills, W.Va. - 36-37--73b

Todd Burgan, Knoxville, Tenn. - 36-37--73b

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. - 35-38--73m

Andy Achenbach, Royersford, Pa. - 35-39--74b

Bill Hermanson, East Lyme, Conn. - 36-38--74b

Brian Harris, Kokomo, Ind. - 38-36--74b

Brian Higgins, Bellingham, Mass. - 36-38--74b

Chester Guzek, Spotsylvania, Va. - 36-38--74m

Eric Fiskum, Salem, Ore. - 36-38--74m

Erik Martin, Alpharetta, Ga. - 33-41--74b

Garrett Morrison, Orlando, Fla. - 33-41--74b

Gary Young, San Carlos, Calif. - 35-39--74b

James Kieserman, Dresher, Pa. - 36-38--74b

Jeff Williams, Chuluota, Fla. - 35-39--74b

Jerry Hudgins, Houston, Texas - 34-40--74b

Jimmy Brandt, Montgomery, Ala. - 36-38--74m

Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 37-37--74b
John Dowdall, Houston, Texas - 37-37--74b

Joseph Wall, San Antonio, Texas - 37-37--74b

Justin Heimer, Winter Haven, Fla. - 36-38--74b

Kevin Atamian, Raleigh, N.C. - 36-38--74b

Michael Harrington, Colorado Springs, Colo. - 35-39--74m

Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J. - 38-36--74m

Raymond Floyd, Old Greenwich, Conn. - 37-37--74m

Richard Kerper, Safety Harbor, Fla. - 35-39--74b

Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn. - 39-35--74b

Thomas Brennan, Covington, La. - 40-34--74m

Todd Strible, Bend, Ore. - 37-37--74b

Tony Shuman, Trophy Club, Texas - 35-39--74m

Wes Leith, Davis, Calif. - 36-38--74m

Zachary Lese, Silver Spring, Md. - 37-37--74m

Andrew Davis, Chicago, Ill. - 39-36--75b

Andrew DeMore, Sioux Falls, S.D. - 37-38--75m

Ben Cavey, Wadsworth, Ohio - 39-36--75m

Ben Lowery, Marietta, Ga. - 36-39--75b

Bill Cunningham, Longmeadow, Mass. - 36-39--75m

Brian Sparrow, Chagrin Falls, Ohio - 37-38--75m

Chris Kuhlke, Augusta, Ga. - 36-39--75b

Dave Nocar, Severna Park, Md. - 36-39--75b

Edward Parnell, Altamonte Springs, Fla. - 37-38--75b

George Marucci Jr, Villanova, Pa. - 37-38--75m

Glenn Smeraglio, Newtown, Pa. - 37-38--75m

Humberto Castellanos, Mexico - 36-39--75m

Jack Allara II, Salem, Va. - 36-39--75b

Jason Bittick, Coto De Caza, Calif. - 37-38--75m

Jason Rudquist, Peyton, Colo. - 39-36--75b

Jeffrey Scohy, Bellbrook, Ohio - 39-36--75m

Joe Cunningham, Chestnut Hill, Mass. - 36-39--75b

Jonathan Kalmink, Clinton Township, Mich. - 37-38--75b

Kenneth Weixel, New Albany, Ohio - 39-36--75b

Kevin Marsh, Henderson, Nev. - 36-39--75b

Marc Chandonnet, Phoenix, Ariz. - 38-37--75m

Mark Hannon, Bolingbrook, Ill. - 36-39--75b

Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. - 35-40--75b

Matt Adcock, Phoenix, Ariz. - 39-36--75b

Michael Barbosa, Saint Petersburg, Fla. - 35-40--75b

Philip Slovitt, Chicago, Ill. - 37-38--75b

Saxon McFarland, Boise, Idaho - 35-40--75b

Scott Almquist, Coto De Caza, Calif. - 38-37--75b

Scott Micklewright, Harrisburg, Pa. - 37-38--75b

Tommy Miller, Boone, N.C. - 37-38--75b

Andy McCabe, Dallas, Texas - 37-39--76b

Chris Mitchell, Prosperity, S.C. - 39-37--76b

Dan Whitaker, Cle Elum, Wash. - 39-37--76m
Daniel Metzendorf, Medina, Ohio - 37-39--76m

Dave Womack, Mcdonough, Ga. - 37-39--76b

David Foley, Pewaukee, Wis. - 38-38--76m

David White, Little Rock, Ark. - 37-39--76m

Edward Gibstein, Glen Head, N.Y. - 39-37--76m

Greg Sato, South Pasadena, Calif. - 36-40--76b

Greg Stebbins, Hoboken, N.J. - 37-39--76m

Gregory Wolfe, Newark, Del. - 36-40--76m

James Camaione, Upland, Calif. - 37-39--76m

Jeffrey Fujimoto, Phoenix, Ariz. - 41-35--76m

Joe Bendetti, Austin, Texas - 35-41--76m

John Bearrie, Arlington, Texas - 38-38--76m

Keith Kinsel, Glendale, Calif. - 36-40--76b

Kevin Hammer, Boynton Beach, Fla. - 34-42--76b

Kirk Siddens, Salt Lake City, Utah - 37-39--76m

Mark Sider, Chicago, Ill. - 39-37--76m

Matthew Ion Young, Canada - 38-38--76b

Peter Keller Jr, Rye, N.Y. - 36-40--76m

Randy Nichols, Brookville, Ind. - 37-39--76m

Richard Ross, Canada - 35-41--76b

Robert Bird, Vero Beach, Fla. - 40-36--76m

Robert Eberle, Soquel, Calif. - 40-36--76m

Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, Calif. - 38-38--76m

Scott McGihon, Bermuda Dunes, Calif. - 39-37--76b

Steven Hudson, Birmingham, Ala. - 38-38--76m

Wes Brown, Irving, Texas - 36-40--76b

Brad Penfold, Elk Grove, Calif. - 40-37--77m

Brandon Sigmund, Mitchell, S.D. - 34-43--77m

Casey Baker, Ann Arbor, Mich. - 38-39--77m

Doug Gradwell, Plumville, Pa. - 40-37--77m

Eddie Cho, Los Angeles, Calif. - 39-38--77m

Eddie Podzemny, Austin, Texas - 38-39--77m

Greg Sullivan, Amelia, Ohio - 38-39--77b

Jack Anthony, Fairfield, Calif. - 38-39--77m

Jim Blythe, Columbus, Ohio - 40-37--77m

John Fulkerson, Birmingham, Ala. - 40-37--77m

John Kollus, Del Mar, Calif. - 38-39--77m

Kevin Tassistro, Los Angeles, Calif. - 34-43--77m

Michael Castleforte, Springboro, Ohio - 37-40--77m

Nicholas Brown, Pinehurst, N.C. - 36-41--77b

Patrick Dougherty, Montgomery Twsp, Pa. - 37-40--77b

Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif. - 38-39--77b

Robert Hakes, Coronado, Calif. - 37-40--77b

Ron Glennie, Las Vegas, Nev. - 36-41--77m

Tim J Murphy, Eau Claire, Wis. - 39-38--77m

Adam Cranford, Chicago, Ill. - 38-40--78b

Cliff Martin, Los Angeles, Calif. - 37-41--78m
Dave Shillinglaw, Papillion, Neb. - 41-37--78m

Doug Hoey, Holland, Mich. - 38-40--78m

Duke Delcher, Bluffton, S.C. - 39-39--78b

Erin McDonald, Memphis, Tenn. - 39-39--78m

Ira Flood, Los Angeles, Calif. - 36-42--78b

Jason Cage, Baltimore, Md. - 37-41--78b

Jeff Belk, Marietta, Ga. - 36-42--78b

Joey Nichols, Little Rock, Ark. - 37-41--78m

John Vaccaro, Albany, N.Y. - 40-38--78b

Joseph Alvarez, Hampden, Maine - 41-37--78m

Justin Honea, Rowlett, Texas - 38-40--78b

Justin Sharaf, Danvers, Mass. - 43-35--78m

Kevin Burnett, Bellevue, Wash. - 38-40--78b

Larry Elbaum, Highland Park, Ill. - 37-41--78m

Michael Rowley, San Luis Obispo, Calif. - 39-39--78b

Michael Samp, Moberly, Mo. - 38-40--78b

Patrick Nealon, Arlington, Va. - 40-38--78b

Skip Corneliussen, Charlotte, N.C. - 40-38--78b

Tom Norys, Riverside, Calif. - 39-39--78b

Tony Perino, Diablo, Calif. - 37-41--78b

Bowen Osborn, Santa Monica, Calif. - 36-43--79b

Brad Riles, Madison, Miss. - 39-40--79b

Bradley Rock, Smithtown, N.Y. - 36-43--79b

Brett Blease, Del Mar, Calif. - 38-41--79b

Corey Matthews, West Point, Utah - 39-40--79m

David Bartman, Los Angeles, Calif. - 36-43--79m

Mark Bemowski, Mukwonago, Wis. - 40-39--79m

Michael Quinlan, Albuquerque, N.M. - 39-40--79b

Steve Johnson, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. - 39-40--79m

Thomas McGraw, Montgomery, Texas - 38-41--79b

Tyler Shelton, Fairway, Kan. - 39-40--79m

William Hadden, Manchester, Vt. - 42-37--79m

Andy Bernatovicz, Grand Island, N.Y. - 39-41--80b

Brian Foley, Longmeadow, Mass. - 40-40--80m

Brian Swenson, Greeley, Colo. - 38-42--80m

Derek Meinhart, Mattoon, Ill. - 41-39--80m

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. - 39-41--80m

Jim Doing, Winsted, Conn. - 39-41--80b

John Staehler, Caledonia, Wis. - 41-39--80m

Johnny Holmes, Riverside, Calif. - 38-42--80m

Mark C Miller, West Covina, Calif. - 40-40--80m

Michael Caprio, Rumford, R.I. - 42-38--80m

Mike Bell, Indianapolis, Ind. - 40-40--80m

Noah Yano, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 38-42--80b

Rocky Costa, Alpharetta, Ga. - 38-42--80b

Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C. - 39-41--80m

Steven Galing, Burke, Va. - 39-41--80m
Steven Tasho, North Easton, Mass. - 38-42--80m

Timothy Moylan, Ellicott City, Md. - 39-41--80m

Trent Booher, Sugar Land, Texas - 40-40--80m

Zac Burton, Manhattan, Kan. - 40-40--80m

Bill Albers, La Quinta, Calif. - 39-42--81b

Blake Holcomb, Jacksonville Bch, Fla. - 39-42--81m

Bob W Smith, Houston, Texas - 39-42--81m

Jimmy Henderson, Lebanon, Ohio - 42-39--81m

John Halverson, Steamboat Springs, Colo. - 42-39--81b

Shell Wheeler, North Oaks, Minn. - 37-44--81m

Craig Davis, Chula Vista, Calif. - 39-43--82b

Jeffery Lister, Greendale, Wis. - 41-41--82m

John McClure, Austin, Texas - 41-41--82b

Matt Lindley, Raleigh, N.C. - 38-44--82m

Matthew Horwitch, Highland Park, Ill. - 45-37--82b

Patrick Griffin, Farmington, Conn. - 41-41--82m

Richard Feldman, Bedford, N.Y. - 42-40--82m

Tony Brown, Wayzata, Minn. - 40-42--82m

Dave Macke, Ft Wright, Ky. - 41-42--83b

Michael Frederick, Homestead, Fla. - 41-42--83b

Nathan Wilson, Sheridan, Wyo. - 42-41--83m

Richard Teders, Anchorage, Alaska - 37-46--83m

Steve Bendt, Yorba Linda, Calif. - 44-39--83m

Daryl Schomer, Saint Cloud, Minn. - 40-44--84m

Dirk Curtis, Everett, Wash. - 41-43--84b

Rick Lehew, Peoria, Ill. - 43-41--84m

Gary Wilks, Naperville, Ill. - 42-43--85m

Donn Berdahl, Stockton, Calif. - 45-42--87m

Mike Pinkney, Aptos, Calif. - 42-46--88b

 

 

 

 
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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