U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying
The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is set for action next month at Colorado Golf Club and four players earned their spot in the field at Moon Valley Country Club on Tuesday. Sean O’Donnell, Mike Davidson, Tim Beans and Darren Fletcher will gear up to play in Parker, Colorado this September.
Sean O’Donnell fired a crowd-pleasing 66 to earn medalist honors and a spot in the field for his second consecutive year. O’Donnell, elaborated on his impressive round after the qualifier was set in stone. “At these one-day qualifiers you have to get it going early,” he explained concerning his slow start to the day. “Luckily, I knocked it on the green on number 3, made birdie and never looked back from there.” Not only did the 32-year-old kick it up a notch, but he continued to play the par fives at 5-under par for the rest of his round.
A fire was lit under O’Donnell after getting a taste of the USGA Mid-Amateur in 2018. He missed match-play by one shot and is setting his sights on a new goal and strategy for this year. “Instead of watching the cut-line for match-play, I’m just going to go out there and shoot the lowest score I can.”
There was a four-way tie for second place at 68, forcing a four-for-three sudden-death playoff between Mike Davidson, Tim Beans, Darren Fletcher, and Matt Neils. After the first hole, Davidson, Beans, and Fletcher earned their tickets to the championship. Neils and Mark Ewing will serve as first and second alternates.
Colorado Golf Club is making its championship debut this year, as it is the course’s first time hosting a USGA event. This will be the 39th US Mid-Amateur, the first originating in 1981. The age limits for the championship are 25 and older as well as a player’s handicap is to not exceed 3.2.
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