US Mid-Am

Tyler’s Daniel Webb was one of six golfers who qualified for the 2019 U.S. Mid-Amateur on Monday at The Woodlands Country Club in The Woodlands.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is scheduled for Sept. 14-19 at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, Colorado.

Webb carded an even-par 72 on the 6,995-yard course.

Jonathan Schnitzer of Houston and Trevor Sauntry of Spring tied for the top spot with 70s, while Scott Kraul of Irving and John Hunter of The Woodlands tied for third with 71s.

Webb tied for fifth with Josh Ketter of Fulshear.

Broc Haymon of Pearland and Devaughn Robinson of The Bahamas shot 73s and are alternates.

There were 132 golfers in the field from eight states (Texas, Washington, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Kansas, Montana, Oklahoma and Kentucky) and six countries (USA, The Bahamas, Mexico, Scotland, Canada and El Salvador).

In 1981, the USGA inaugurated the U.S. Mid-Amateur, a national championship for golfers at least 25 years of age. Before the Mid-Amateur’s arrival, the post-college player found himself at a disadvantage in the U.S. Amateur. Since 1980, only four mid-amateurs have won the U.S. Amateur, the last coming in 1993 by John Harris.

In 2017, the USGA announced that the U.S. Mid-Amateur champion would receive an exemption into the following year’s U.S. Open Championship. Matt Parziale became the first to achieve that feat with his victory at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in suburban Atlanta.

Since 1988, every champion has been invited to play in The Masters, and many champions have also been selected to represent the USA in the biennial Walker Cup Match.

Pennsylvanians Jay Sigel (three) and Nathan Smith (four) are the only two golfers to have won three or more U.S. Mid-Amateur titles. In 1983 Sigel became the first golfer in 53 years to win two USGA Championships in the same year when he added the Mid-Amateur Championship to the U.S. Amateur Championship he had won just 32 days earlier.

Competitors must have a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower, as opposed to 2.4 or lower for the U.S. Amateur.


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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