Scoring News Players History USGA

Skip Berkmeyer Hopes His Sharp Play Continues At The U.S. Mid-Amateur

River Hills, Wis. – Skip Berkmeyer, 34, of St. Louis, Mo., is hoping that experience and opportunity come together for him this week at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Milwaukee Country Club and Brown Deer Park Golf Course.

He posted a 1-over-par 71 Sunday morning at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee CC to take the early lead for medalist honors after 36 holes. His two-round total of 2-under-par 138 is currently four strokes better than three others who finished at 142 -- Mike McCoy, 45, of West Des Moines, Iowa; Sean Knapp, 46, of Oakmont, Pa.; and Matt Williams, 29, of Albuquerque, N.M.

Berkmeyer, playing in his fifth Mid-Amateur, posted a 3-under-par 67 at the 6,728-yard, par-70 Brown Deer Park Golf Course in his first round Saturday. Skip Corneliussen, 26, of Charlotte, N.C., was the only player to post a sub-par round for the morning portion of the second round. His 1-under-par 69 at Brown Deer put him at seven over for 36 holes, possibly good enough to advance to match play.

Berkmeyer has gotten further along in match play with each succeeding year. His best finish was a third-round loss in last year’s Mid-Amateur at Bandon Dunes Resort in Bandon, Ore. He lost in the second round in 2006 and the first round in 2004. He also has played in seven U.S. Amateurs.

Half of the 264 players will complete their second round of stroke play Sunday afternoon before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers who will advance to match play on Monday. The championship is scheduled to run through Thursday, with the winner receiving a likely invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.

The afternoon wave includes the five others who were under par after one round. The first-round leader was two-time champion Tim Jackson, 49, of Germantown, Tenn., who shot 65. Sean Fawcett, 35, of Dallas, Texas, had a first-round 66.

There are signs that Berkmeyer has what it takes to last longer this week than in the past. He was one of only six mid-amateurs to reach match play (four advanced to the second round) at last month’s U.S. Amateur. He also was runner-up at the 2008 Missouri State Amateur, an event he won in 1999.

“I’ve played well all summer, and I’m pretty pleased,” said Berkmeyer, who owns a trophy and awards shop with his father, Rick. “My game has gotten better as I’ve gotten older. Hopefully, it will get better this week.

“I feel now like I belong and I’m more comfortable out here,” Berkmeyer continued. “This is my favorite event. This is what I play for.”

His mother has enjoyed even more success at USGA championships to this point. Barbara, 64, was runner-up at the 2002 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur.

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. E-mail him with questions and comments at



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.



    U.S. Mid-Amateur and United States Golf Association are registered service marks of the United States Golf Association (USGA) Copyright © 2008. United States Golf Association. All Rights Reserved. Use of this Web site signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.
    Visit The USGA