Almost 70 players took to Oakwood CC on Monday August 6th for a chance to qualify for a USGA Championship. US Mid-Am qualifying took place in conjuction with US Women’s Mid-Am Qualifying with the ladies teeing off first.
Six women fought for two qualifying spots for the 2018 US Women’s Mid Amateur Championship held September 22-27 at Norwood Hills Country Club in St Louis. Martha Linscott, from Mission Hills, Kansas, got off to a great start on her front nine. Linscott would birdie three out of her first eight holes followed by six pars. Linscott would have a few hiccups on her last few holes, but her great start would give her medalist honors and the top qualifying spot with a two-over, 74.
Pam Simpson claimed runner-up and the final qualifying spot with a round of 81, highlighted by a birdie on the Par-3, 5th. Carmen Titus is the first alternate from this field with an 82 (+10).
Over sixty men competed in the US Mid-Am qualifying portion that allowed only three qualifying spots for the Championship on September 22-27 at Charlotte Country Club and Carolina Golf Club. In a two-way tie for first place, Brad Nurski and Mathew Murray would each card an incredible round of five-under, 67. Nurski, from St. Joseph, Missouri, only carded one bogey on his round with four birdies and an eagle on the Par-5, 17th. Murray, from Bolivar, Missouri, carded only one bogey as well, but had six birdies with four in a row on Holes 11-14. Both players grabbed the top two qualifying spots for the USGA Championship with only one remaining.
Solo third place by one stroke and the final qualifying spot would go to Kory Bowman, from Springfield, Missouri, with a four-under, 68. Bowman carded four birdies and an eagle on the Par-5, 6th, but his two lone bogeys would keep up out off the top of the leaderboard by one. First alternate for this field is Park Ulrich, who shot a three-under, 69, highlighted by four birdies on the day.
Congratulations to all of our qualifiers moving on to the Mid-Am Championships at the end of September. For more information about these championships, see the USGA website.
For a full field of results, see here.