POSTED: Sunday October 4th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOUR PLAYERS SHARE FIRST-ROUND LEAD AT 2009 U.S. MID-AMATEUR

2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Club

Kiawah Island, S.C. – Four players shot 68 Saturday, in the nearly windless conditions of the morning, to share the lead after the first day of stroke play at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Club.
 
Mike McCoy, 46, of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Cameron Mackenzie, 27, of Canada, shot 4-under-par 68s at the 6,964-yard, par-72 Cassique. They were joined by Taylor Massey, 32, of Richmond, Va., and Derek Berg, 28, of Duvall, Wash., who shot 3-under 68s at The River Course (6,908 yards, par 71).
 
“I started off well,” said McCoy, a Mid-Amateur semifinalist in 2005 and 2008. “I hit it close right out of the gate and made a couple of short birdie putts. When I hit it in the rough, I didn’t try to get too much out of it.”
 
An insurance professional who is playing in his 10th Mid-Amateur, McCoy posted seven birdies against three bogeys. He tempered his reaction and downplayed his expectations.
 
“I played a lot this summer,” McCoy said. “I am coming in here with my game in good shape. I just try and play. I purposely try not to make it too important. I try about a 4 on a scale of 1 to 10 and I play my best. When I try a little too hard, it’s hard to make it happen.”
 
Mackenzie, an accountant playing in the first group of the day, birdied four of his first five holes and finished with six birdies and two bogeys.
 
“I had a great pairing, the first group out,” said Mackenzie, a 2005 Oregon State University graduate. “I knew we could take advantage of perfect greens and no one in front of us. I hit a lot of close short-iron shots. I birdied all of the par 5s, and all of those were with wedges in my hand. So that was the key to the whole round.”
 
Massey, a golf clothing company executive who now lives in Carlsbad, Calif., was three over par through five holes but managed to steady his game with four consecutive birdies (holes 17, 18, 1 and 2). He played 4-under golf over his last nine holes.
 
“Coming out today, I knew the scores would be low,” Massey said. “After a couple of bogeys early, I knew I had to get it together. I was in the fairway a lot. In fact, I didn’t miss a fairway, which helped a lot.”
 
A former University of Virginia student, Massey started playing golf with PGA Tour player James Driscoll when the two were classmates. Massey caddied for Driscoll for seven months in the early part of his professional career.
 
Berg, a guest services manager at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue, Wash., birdied seven holes, including 17 and 18, and made four bogeys.
 
“I hit the ball well all day and the putter got going,” said Berg, a 2003 graduate of the University of Washington. “Of the four bogeys, I hit good golf shots on three of those holes. I knew that as much as the wind was down, it was as good as it was going to get.”
 
Tim Mickelson, 32, of San Diego, Calif., brother of PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson, followed one stroke behind the leaders with a 3-under-par 69 at Cassique. Next were Pebble Beach Golf Links caddie Chris Marin, 31, of Monterey, Calif., who shot 1-under-par 70 on The River Course and Jerry Chang, 35, of Los Angeles, Calif., with two chip-in birdies, and Mike Damron, 47, of Pikesville, Ky., who of whom posted 2-under 70s at Cassique.
 
“I saw some good scores this morning and the wind on my back nine definitely picked up and made it more challenging,” said Chang, a college teammate of Tiger Woods at Stanford University. “I made some one-in-a-100-type shots today.”
 
The other members of Mackenzie’s group at Cassique – Mark Austry, 31, of Argyle, Texas and Patrick Carter, 41, of Huntington, W. Va., were among a group of 14 who shot 71. Twelve of those scores came at Cassique.
 
Also among those shooting 71 at Cassique were Robert Gerwin, 42, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and the field’s oldest player John Lindholm, 64, of Grand Blanc, Mich. Gerwin aced the par-3 fifth hole with a pitching wedge, his first in 27 USGA championships but the eighth of his career. His calculation of the distance was 138 yards.
 
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.
 
Kiawah Island, S.C.—Results of Saturday’s first round of stroke play at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played at the 6,964-yard, par-72 Cassique and the 6,908-yard, par-71 The River Course at The Kiawah Island Club. (casq=Cassique; trc=The River Course)
Cameron Mackenzie, Canada - 33-35—68casq
Derek Berg, Duvall, Wash. - 35-33—68trc
Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa - 34-34—68casq
Taylor Massey, Richmond, Va. - 32-36—68trc
Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif. - 35-34—69casq
Christopher Marin, Monterey, Calif. - 34-36—70trc
Jerry Chang, Los Angeles, Calif. - 34-36—70casq
Mike Damron, Pikeville, Ky. - 35-35—70casq
Chad Sawyer, West Linn, Ore. - 34-37—71trc
Curtis Skinner, Lake Bluff, Ill. - 34-37—71casq
Danny Germaine, Palm Beach Gdns, Fla. - 35-36—71casq
Dave Bunker, Canada - 34-37—71trc
Douglas Hanzel, Savannah, Ga. - 37-34—71casq
Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass. - 34-37—71casq
Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, Calif. - 34-37—71casq
John Lindholm, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 36-35—71casq
Mark Austry, Argyle, Texas - 33-38—71casq
Nicholas Biesecker, Staunton, Va. - 32-39—71casq
Patrick Carter, Huntington, W.Va. - 38-33—71casq
Robert Gerwin, Cincinnati, Ohio - 36-35—71casq
Steven Irwin, Golden, Colo. - 35-36—71casq
Tripp Davis, Norman, Okla. - 36-35—71casq
Alan Stearns, Tustin, Calif. - 35-37—72trc
Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind. - 37-35—72trc
Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 35-37—72trc
Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa. - 37-35—72casq
Seth Kaplan, Dallas, Texas - 37-35—72casq
Tyler Shelton, Fairway, Kan. - 37-35—72casq
Uly Grisette, Clemmons, N.C. - 36-36—72casq
Aaron Grissom, Hot Springs, Ark. - 32-41—73casq
Andrew Price, Denver, N.C. - 37-36—73casq
Blair Scurlock, Greenville, S.C. - 39-34—73trc
Brian Csipkes, Omaha, Neb. - 36-37—73casq
David Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa. - 36-37—73trc
Dennis Postlewait, Orlando, Fla. - 39-34—73trc
Jon Lindstrom, Denver, Colo. - 36-37—73trc
Kory Bowman, Springfield, Mo. - 35-38—73casq
Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif. - 33-40—73casq
Ronald Kilby, Mcallen, Texas - 36-37—73casq
Scott Hval, Portland, Ore. - 35-38—73casq
Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn. - 38-35—73trc
Tim Spitz, Rochester, N.Y. - 35-38—73trc
Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. - 35-38—73trc
Tony Behrstock, Los Angeles, Calif. - 36-37—73casq
Troy Logan, Chicago, Ill. - 39-34—73casq
Brandon Smith, West Palm Beach, Fla. - 37-37—74casq
Brooks Snyder, Catlin, Ill. - 38-36—74casq
Craig Cyr, Concord, N.H. - 40-34—74trc
Daniel Berger, New Orleans, La. - 35-39—74casq
Dave Womack, Mcdonough, Ga. - 37-37—74casq
George Marucci Jr, Villanova, Pa. - 37-37—74trc
George Zahringer, New York, N.Y. - 34-40—74casq
John Pitt, Atlanta, Ga. - 33-41—74trc
Jonny Doppelt, Great Neck, N.Y. - 37-37—74casq
Kevin Marsh, Henderson, Nev. - 37-37—74casq
Matt Mocniak, Cedar Park, Texas - 39-35—74casq
Michael Karger, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. - 36-38—74trc
Patrick Tallent, Vienna, Va. - 37-37—74trc
Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich. - 35-39—74casq
Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas - 36-38—74casq
Robert Crockett II, Louisville, Ky. - 37-37—74casq
Robert Godfrey, Seneca, S.C. - 34-40—74casq
Tim Hamm, Chicago, Ill. - 36-38—74casq
Tre Sheppard, Mount Pleasant, S.C. - 36-38—74trc
Wallace Nelson IV, Alamogordo, N.M. - 37-37—74casq
Andrew Medley, Scottsdale, Ariz. - 36-39—75trc
Andrew Rice, Baltimore, Md. - 39-36—75trc
Bert Atkinson, Charleston, S.C. - 40-35—75trc
Chris Williams, Carmel, Ind. - 37-38—75casq
Cliff Benson III, Raleigh, N.C. - 38-37—75casq
Don Walsworth, Leawood, Kan. - 38-37—75trc
Erik Hanson, Kirkland, Wash. - 36-39—75casq
Freeman Fite, Anniston, Ala. - 39-36—75trc
Hunter Nelson, Houston, Texas - 37-38—75trc
J Kelly Hudelson, Oklahoma City, Okla. - 37-38—75casq
Jimmy Chestnut, Grand Blanc, Mich. - 37-38—75casq
Joe Sanders, Incline Village, Nev. - 38-37—75casq
Johnny Canova, Rockford, Ill. - 37-38—75trc
Lewis Stephenson, Mansfield, Texas - 36-39—75casq
Matthew Elliott, Columbus, Ohio - 37-38—75trc
Matthew Horwitch, Highland Park, Ill. - 38-37—75casq
Michael Holloway, Wichita, Kan. - 37-38—75trc
Michael Kelley, Westerville, Ohio - 37-38—75casq
Michael Slaven, Chicago, Ill. - 35-40—75casq
Mike Puls, Irving, Texas - 40-35—75trc
P Michael Natale, Indian Head Park, Ill. - 39-36—75casq
Packard Dewitt, Germantown, Tenn. - 36-39—75trc
R J Nakashian, Palm Beach Gdns, Fla. - 36-39—75casq
Ryan Jacobs, Nashville, Tenn. - 36-39—75casq
Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. - 39-36—75trc
T J Brudzinski, Columbus, Ohio - 36-39—75casq
Todd Burgan, Knoxville, Tenn. - 39-36—75casq
Alan Clark, Kilgore, Texas - 38-38—76casq
Christopher Reeves, Jupiter, Fla. - 39-37—76trc
Coleman Tidwell Jr, Macon, Ga. - 38-38—76trc
Donnie Cooper, Knoxville, Tenn. - 39-37—76casq
Doug Manor, Dallas, Texas - 36-40—76trc
Garrett Morrison, Orlando, Fla. - 38-38—76casq
J J Wall, San Antonio, Texas - 36-40—76casq
Jack Ferraro, Manassas, Va. - 37-39—76casq
Jeff Frazier, Mechanicsburg, Pa. - 37-39—76casq
Jeffrey Bishop, Canada - 39-37—76casq
Joseph Saladino, New York, N.Y. - 38-38—76casq
Kris Mikkelsen, Atlanta, Ga. - 36-40—76casq
Lance Goodson, Birmingham, Ala. - 37-39—76trc
Lloyd Fisher, Grand Rapids, Mich. - 38-38—76trc
Michael Kovaleski, Winter Park, Fla. - 37-39—76casq
Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J. - 36-40—76trc
Milas Russell, San Diego, Calif. - 34-42—76trc
Robert Jones, Centerville, Ohio - 37-39—76casq
Steve Johnson, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. - 38-38—76casq
T J Wilson, Fairfield, Ohio - 38-38—76trc
Terry Cook, Johnston, Iowa - 37-39—76casq
Tim Sheppard, East Peoria, Ill. - 39-37—76trc
Tommy Clement, Mobile, Ala. - 39-37—76casq
William Nisbet, Pawleys Island, S.C. - 38-38—76trc
Andrew Diramio, Duxbury, Mass. - 39-38—77trc
Arnold Cutrell, Greensburg, Pa. - 42-35—77casq
Ben Moody, Atlanta, Ga. - 37-40—77trc
Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii - 38-39—77trc
Danny Green, Jackson, Tenn. - 38-39—77trc
Dudley Payne III, Warrenton, Va. - 39-38—77trc
Erin McDonald, Memphis, Tenn. - 37-40—77casq
Frank Babusik, Ft Lauderdale, Fla. - 37-40—77casq
Harold Wyatt, Atlanta, Ga. - 41-36—77trc
Jeffrey Hedden, Old Lyme, Conn. - 37-40—77casq
John Vaccaro, Menands, N.Y. - 37-40—77casq
Jonathan Marsico, Denver, Colo. - 37-40—77casq
Jordan Byrd, Clemson, S.C. - 41-36—77trc
Matthew Sughrue, Alexandria, Va. - 39-38—77trc
Michael Nowak, Charlotte, N.C. - 38-39—77casq
Michael Wog, Sumner, Wash. - 38-39—77trc
Nathan Wilson, Sheridan, Wyo. - 39-38—77casq
Parker Foster, Tulsa, Okla. - 39-38—77casq
Reed Kolquist, Duluth, Minn. - 35-42—77casq
Ron Killmer, Bakersfield, Calif. - 39-38—77trc
Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C. - 39-38—77trc
Steve Wilson, St Martin, Miss. - 39-38—77casq
Wes Leith, Davis, Calif. - 38-39—77trc
Andy Drohen, Granville, Mass. - 40-38—78casq
Ben Eisner, Nags Head, N.C. - 40-38—78casq
Bill Williamson, Cincinnati, Ohio - 36-42—78trc
Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, Calif. - 42-36—78trc
Derek Waddington, Hebron, Conn. - 36-42—78trc
Douglas Clapp, Walpole, Mass. - 36-42—78casq
Douglas Snoap, Apopka, Fla. - 39-39—78casq
John Bearrie, Arlington, Texas - 36-42—78casq
John Madden, Deer Park, Ill. - 39-39—78casq
Keith Decker, Martinsville, Va. - 41-37—78casq
Kelly Garland, North Plains, Ore. - 36-42—78trc
Mark C Miller, West Covina, Calif. - 39-39—78trc
Michael Brown, Cheltenham, Pa. - 42-36—78trc
Mike Cobb, Summerville, S.C. - 37-41—78casq
Ron Mangold, Pocahontas, Ark. - 39-39—78casq
Scott Hardy, Pleasant Hill, Calif. - 36-42—78trc
Shell Wheeler, North Oaks, Minn. - 40-38—78trc
Stephen Summers, Dallas, Texas - 40-38—78trc
William West, Burlingame, Calif. - 39-39—78casq
Bradley Shaw, Los Angeles, Calif. - 38-41—79trc
Brian Higgins, Bellingham, Mass. - 38-41—79casq
Brian Kennedy, Saint Louis, Mo. - 39-40—79trc
Clay Price, Frisco, Texas - 37-42—79trc
Craig Groenendaal, Centreville, Va. - 40-39—79casq
Edward Gibstein, Glen Head, N.Y. - 40-39—79casq
Harry Rudolph III, La Jolla, Calif. - 39-40—79trc
Jordan Mitchell, Atlanta, Ga. - 41-38—79trc
Keith Grant, Jersey City, N.J. - 39-40—79trc
Ken Stevenson, Tallahassee, Fla. - 37-42—79trc
Kevin Wentworth, Arnold, Calif. - 40-39—79trc
Mark Elgner, Canada - 41-38—79trc
Mark Knecht, Paducah, Ky. - 39-40—79trc
Matt Heestand, Cleveland, Ohio - 37-42—79casq
Paul Balatti, Santa Rosa, Calif. - 38-41—79casq
Paul Welle, Albany, Minn. - 41-38—79casq
Robert Godwin, Poplar Bluff, Mo. - 40-39—79trc
Roger Hoit, Summit, N.J. - 41-38—79casq
Ryan Chin, Canada - 39-40—79casq
Ryan Indovina, Chicago, Ill. - 39-40—79casq
Anthony Sorentino, Shelby Twsp, Mich. - 40-40—80trc
Bill Zylstra, Plymouth, Mich. - 41-39—80casq
Brett Egge, Sioux Falls, S.D. - 40-40—80casq
Endel Liias, Phoenixville, Pa. - 38-42—80trc
Eric Larson, Beaverton, Ore. - 37-43—80casq
Giles Kibbe, Beaumont, Texas - 42-38—80casq
Grady Brame, Hammond, La. - 40-40—80trc
Jeff Hoffman, Folsom, Calif. - 37-43—80trc
John Ply, Glen Ellyn, Ill. - 40-40—80trc
Jonathan Petke, Rcho Santa Margarita, Calif. - 43-37—80trc
Patrick Malone, Dallas, Texas - 42-38—80casq
R Michael McLoone, Chicago, Ill. - 40-40—80casq
Ryan Hulton, Cleveland, Tenn. - 42-38—80trc
Scott Stevens, Cardiff By the Sea, Calif. - 41-39—80trc
A J Balulis, Chicago, Ill. - 39-42—81casq
Bill Hodges, Thomasville, Ga. - 43-38—81casq
Bill Moore, Syracuse, N.Y. - 41-40—81trc
Brandon Sigmund, Mitchell, S.D. - 43-38—81trc
Chris Clarke, East Hampton, N.Y. - 42-39—81trc
Chris Lange, Bryn Mawr, Pa. - 39-42—81casq
Chris Sylvia, Atco, N.J. - 40-41—81casq
Chris Weyand, Boise, Idaho - 41-40—81trc
Christopher O’Keefe, Brooklyn, N.Y. - 38-43—81trc
Corey Ayers, Bellaire, Texas - 42-39—81trc
Cory Synnestvedt, Danville, Calif. - 41-40—81casq
David Reneker, Santa Monica, Calif. - 38-43—81casq
David West, Downingtown, Pa. - 42-39—81trc
Jeff Fowler, Chico, Calif. - 39-42—81trc
Keith Holmes, Macon, Ga. - 36-45—81casq
Matthew Williams, Albuquerque, N.M. - 42-39—81casq
Michael Kloenne, West Linn, Ore. - 39-42—81trc
Patrick Griffin, Unionville, Conn. - 40-41—81trc
Roy Hunter, Charlotte, N.C. - 42-39—81trc
Ted Grassi III, Erie, Pa. - 41-40—81casq
Titus Harris III, Houston, Texas - 40-41—81trc
Tom Nolan, Ridgewood, N.J. - 40-41—81casq
Tom Sullivan, Grosse Pointe, Mich. - 41-40—81trc
Chris Miller, New Philadelphia, Ohio - 39-43—82trc
Christopher Binder, Collingswood, N.J. - 37-45—82trc
David Holmes, Sutton, Mass. - 39-43—82trc
Michael Kennedy, Sammamish, Wash. - 42-40—82trc
Robbie Cotten, Brewton, Ala. - 40-42—82trc
Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va. - 38-44—82trc
Scott Linklater, Riverside, Calif. - 41-41—82casq
Ted Moloney, St Louis, Mo. - 40-42—82trc
Todd Westrich, Green Bay, Wis. - 40-42—82trc
Wes Martin, Denver, Colo. - 41-41—82casq
Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H. - 38-45—83casq
Daniel Russo, Hagaman, N.Y. - 43-40—83trc
David Eaker, Forest City, N.C. - 40-43—83casq
Jack Kearney, Peachtree City, Ga. - 37-46—83trc
James Bachhuber, West Bend, Wis. - 38-45—83casq
Jared Overton, Provo, Utah - 42-41—83trc
John Capra, Bridgewater, N.J. - 40-43—83casq
Kevin Quinn, Needham, Mass. - 41-42—83trc
Peter Kozubal, Bridgewater, N.J. - 43-40—83trc
T J Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla. - 41-42—83trc
Adam Capasso, Orange, Calif. - 42-42—84casq
Brian Corbett, Clarks Summit, Pa. - 42-42—84trc
Burke Hayes, Chevy Chase, Md. - 42-42—84casq
Jason Novascone, Dallas, Texas - 39-45—84trc
Saumil Jhaveri, Westlake, Ohio - 43-41—84trc
Bill Boyle, Holmdel, N.J. - 42-43—85trc
Bill Tyner, Enterprise, Ala. - 42-43—85casq
Braxton McLennan, Charlotte, N.C. - 42-43—85trc
Christopher Housen, Brielle, N.J. - 40-45—85trc
David Waters, San Antonio, Texas - 42-43—85trc
Derek O’Neill, Parker, Colo. - 42-43—85trc
Jamie Slonis, Sewell, N.J. - 43-42—85trc
Jason Vedadi, Spokane, Wash. - 45-40—85trc
Joey Behrstock, Beverly Hills, Calif. - 44-41—85trc
Joshua Fosdick, Edmond, Okla. - 40-45—85trc
Nick Arata, Redwood City, Calif. - 45-40—85trc
Thomas Olson, Omaha, Neb. - 43-42—85casq
Tim Breland, Stockton, Calif. - 42-43—85trc
John Adams, San Clemente, Calif. - 44-42—86casq
Nash Elliott, Estill, S.C. - 45-41—86trc
David Sharp, Chicago, Ill. - 40-47—87trc
Dan Horner, Sandy, Utah - 45-43—88trc
Greg Wilson, Redlands, Calif. - 43-45—88casq
Kyle Milner, Spartanburg, S.C. - 44-44—88trc
Richard Van Matre, Carlsbad, Calif. - 47-41—88trc
Nathan Sugar, Rockville, Md. - 43-46—89casq
Kip Guidry, Missouri City, Texas - 46-44—90trc
Matt Amis, Stamford, Conn. - 44-46—90trc
Danny Hanson, Phoenix, Ariz. - 44-47—91trc
 

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