October 3 - 8
PAR AND YARDAGE The Kiawah Island Clubs Cassique will play at 6,964/6,907 yards and a par of 36-3672. The River Course will play at 6,908 yards and a par of 36-3571.
THE RIVER COURSE HOLE BY HOLE
ARCHITECTS The Kiawah Island Clubs Cassique was designed by Tom Watson and opened in 2000. The River Course was designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1995.
COURSE SETUP There are two setups at Cassique Pulpit and Nip Tuck. During stroke play, the Pulpit setup will be used with holes 4, 5 and 6 playing at 370, 148 and 525 yards, respectively. With the beginning of the second round of match play, the Nip Tuck setup will be used and holes 4, 5 and 6 will play at 360, 155 and 565 yards, respectively. The Pulpit and Nip Tuck setups may rotate during the quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds.
The USGA Course Rating® and USGA Slope Rating® for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Clubs Cassique are 75.2 and 146 for the Pulpit setup and 74.5 and 145 for the Nip Tuck setup. The USGA Course Rating® and USGA Slope Rating® for The River Course are 74.7 and 147. The grass heights in the various areas of the course for the championship should be as follows:
The River Course
USGA AND SOUTH CAROLINA The 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be the 14th USGA championship conducted in the state of South Carolina. The last USGA championships in the state were the 2005 Mens and Womens State Team Championships, held concurrently at Berkeley Hall in Bluffton.
It is the first USGA championship for The Kiawah Island Club. The U.S. Mid-Amateur is making its second appearance in the state; the 1991 U.S. Mid-Amateur was held at Long Cove Club in Hilton Head Island.
ADMISSION Admission is free. Tickets are not needed for this USGA championship, and spectators are encouraged to attend.
SCHEDULE OF PLAY
WHO CAN PLAY The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday by Oct. 3, 2009, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
QUALIFYING National qualifying was held at 68 sites, Aug. 24-Sept. 8.
ENTRIES A total of 4,188 players entered the 2009 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.
EXEMPT PLAYERS There are 18 players fully exempt from qualifying for the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship:
Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinalist
HISTORY In 1981, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Mid-Amateur. The Mid-Amateur, for amateur golfers of at least 25 years of age, provides a formal national championship for the post-college amateur, for whom the game is truly an avocation.
Played at the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Mo., the first Mid-Amateur drew 1,638 entries. The field included three former Amateur champions: Gary Cowan (1966, 1971), Marvin Giles III (1972) and Fred Ridley (1975). Jim Holtgrieve, 33, of Des Peres, Mo., defeated fellow 1981 Walker Cup Team member Bob Lewis Jr., 37, of Warren, Ohio, in the final, 2 up.
2008 CHAMPION Steve Wilson, 38, of Ocean Springs, Miss., defeated Todd Mitchell, 30, of Bloomington, Ill., 5 and 4, at Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, Wis. Wilson will defend his title this year.
FOR THE WINNER The champion receives:
THE TROPHY The Robert T. Jones Jr. Memorial Mid-Amateur Trophy was presented in 1981 by Atlanta Athletic Club and the Georgia State Golf Association. The most famous of all amateurs, Jones won five U.S. Amateur and four U.S. Open titles.
FUTURE SITES In 2010, the championship will be played at Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y., Sept. 25-30. The 2011 championship will be played Sept. 17-22 at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas. In 2012, Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., will host the championship, Sept. 8-13.
USGA MEDIA CONTACT Pete Kowalski will be the USGA media representative on site. He can be reached at (908) 216-8435 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.