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Todd Mitchell, Steve Wilson To Meet For U.S. Mid-Amateur Title

River Hills, Wis. – Todd Mitchell, 30, of Bloomington, Ill., and Steve Wilson, 38, of Ocean Springs, Miss., each won a pair of matches Wednesday and will meet in Thursday’s 36-hole championship final at Milwaukee Country Club for the U.S. Mid-Amateur title.

Mitchell, an insurance salesman, took the lead in his afternoon semifinal match at the second hole against Sean Knapp, 46, of Oakmont, Pa., a four-time Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist. He built a 3-up lead after 10 holes and won, 4 and 3.

Sean Knapp never got any momentum going in his semifinal loss to Todd Mitchell on Wednesday. (Steven Gibbons/USGA)

Wilson, who never won in match play before this week, jumped out to an early lead against Michael McCoy, 45, of West Des Moines, Iowa, in his semifinal match. He built a 3-up lead after 11 holes and closed his 3-and-1 victory with a winning par on the par-3 17th. He was the equivalent of one over under par for 17 holes against McCoy, who also was a semifinalist in 2005.

Neither Mitchell nor Wilson ever trailed in their quarterfinal or semifinal matches on the 7,004-yard, par-70 layout.

“I’m about as relaxed as I can remember playing in a tournament,” said Mitchell, a former baseball draft pick of the New York Yankees as an infielder. “I’m just soaking it all in. I don’t know if I have any expectations. It’s been fun waking up and looking forward to playing each day.”

In his morning quarterfinal match, Mitchell made six birdies in 11 holes in defeating Chris Lange, 53, of Bryn Mawr, Pa., 9 and 7.

Mitchell survived a 19-man playoff on Monday after 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying just to advance to the 64-player match-play field. Now, he is one win away from earning custody of the Robert T. Jones trophy for a year and a probable invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.

“I will try not to think about that for as long as possible,” said Mitchell, a 2002 graduate of Illinois State. “Whether it happens or not, I’ve had a great week.”

Wilson won his morning match against Michael Stamberger, 36, of Plainfield, N.J., 2 up.

“Today was the best I’ve played by far,” said Wilson, a gas station owner who was a “part-time” professional golfer for almost 10 years before being reinstated as an amateur in 2005. “I was getting away with catching guys on a bad round. This feels a lot better. I’m starting to love match play. You can be super aggressive.

“We haven’t stayed in the same hotel for two nights,” Wilson continued. “We pack up every morning so we are ready to go.”

The Mid-Amateur, open to players age 25 and older who meet the handicap requirement, is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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River Hills, Wis. – Results of Wednesday’s quarterfinal and semifinal matches at the U.S. Mid-Amateur played at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee Country Club:

Quarterfinal Round

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. (147) def. Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (145), 9 and 7

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. (142) def. Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. (145), 2 and 1

Steve Wilson, St. Martin, Miss. (141) def. Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J. (145), 2 up

Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa (142) def. Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. (147), 3 and 2

Semifinal Results

Mitchell def. Knapp, 4 and 3

S. Wilson def. McCoy, 3 and 1

River Hills, Wis. – Pairing for Thursday’s 36-hole championship final match at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at the 7,004-yard, par-70 Milwaukee Country Club (Times are CDT)

8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Mitchell vs. S. Wilson



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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