Emily Tubert wins her first national championship.
South Bend, IN (Sports Network) - Emily Tubert defeated Lisa McCloskey, 3 & 2, in Saturday's 36-hole final to win the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Tubert, 18, used an amazing run on the front nine during the first 18 holes to take a commanding lead. She was 2-down after a McCloskey birdie at the fifth, but Tubert won the next seven holes to move 5-up and played those seven holes in five-under par.
McCloskey made up one hole and was 4-down at the break at the Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame. continue>>
Oakmont, PA (Sports Network) - Paula Creamer played the final 23 holes of the U.S. Women's Open at two-under par Sunday, more than enough to earn her first major championship.
Creamer closed with a two-under 69 and was the only player to finish in red figures at Oakmont Country Club as she claimed her ninth LPGA Tour title. She ended at three-under-par 281, four strokes clear of Na Yeon Choi and Suzann Pettersen. continue>>
Greensboro, NC (Sports Network) - Lion Kim defeated David McDaniel, 6 & 5 in Saturday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Bryan Park.
There was a nearly seven-hour weather delay, but, at 9:06 p.m. (et), Kim holed the winning putt for his first USGA title.
Kim was 2-up through 12 holes on Saturday when the horn sounded, stopping play. After a second storm rolled through the area, the delay lasted even longer, but just before 5:00 p.m., the championship resumed and Kim pounced. continue>>
Ada, MI (Sports Network) - Jim Liu earned a 4 & 2 victory over Justin Thomas on Saturday to become the youngest winner in the history of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.
Liu rallied from an early deficit and never trailed after the seventh hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
The 14-year-old from Smithtown, N.Y., beat Tiger Woods' record to become the youngest winner in championship history.
Woods, who won three straight U.S. Juniors from 1991-93, set the previous mark at 15 years, six months and 28 days when he captured his first championship. Liu doesn't turn 15 until the middle of August. continue>>
Doris Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday.
Village of Pinehurst, NC (Sports Network) - Doris Chen defeated Katelyn Dambaugh, 3 & 2, on Saturday to win the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.
Chen, a 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., wrapped up the victory when both players birdied the par-three 16th at The Country Club of North Carolina. It was the 34th hole of their scheduled 36-hole match play final.
Riding a wave of momentum that increased throughout the week, Chen won the title after making the stroke-play cut on Tuesday by only a shot. It marked her second consecutive strong showing at the championship following a semifinal loss in 2009. continue>>
Meghan Stasi clinched the match with a par on the last hole.
Wichita, KS (Sports Network) - Meghan Stasi defeated Carol Robertson, 2-up, on Thursday to capture the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur for a record-tying third time.
Stasi, a 32-year-old from Oakland Park, Fla., never trailed in the scheduled 18-hole final at Wichita Country Club. She clinched the match with a par on the last hole, becoming just the third player to win this championship three times.
"To have three is incredible," Stasi said. "The win today ranks up there with all the other wins. It's been an incredible journey." continue>>
Dates: Saturday, September 25th through Thursday, September 30th Site: Atlantic Golf Club, The Bridge, Bridgehampton, New York Course Architects: Atlantic Golf Club - Rees Jones (1992); The Bridge - Rees Jones (2002) Par: 72 Yardage: 7,044 (Atlantic)
Par: 72 Yardage: 7,352 (Bridge)
Annual: 30th Television: None Schedule of Play: Stroke Play - Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26 (field reduced to the lowest 64 players, who advance to match play). Match Play - Monday, September 27 - First Round Tuesday, September 28 - Second & Third Rounds, Wednesday, September 29 - Quarters and Semis, Thursday, September 30 - Championship Match Defending Champion: Nathan Smith Runner-Up: Tim Spitz Lowest Medalist Score (36 holes): 132 (Bert Atkinson, 1997; Jeff Wilson, 2001) Lowest Medalist Score (18 holes): 63 (Jim Wilson, 2000)
Last Year's Results
Nathan Smith def. Tim Spitz, 7 & 6
Nathan Smith def. Robert Gerwin, 1-up
Tim Spitz def. Patrick Carter, 3 & 2
Nathan Smith def. Christopher Martin, 1-up
Tim Spitz def. Tripp Davis, 1-up (20 holes)
Patrick Carter def. Todd Burgan, 4 & 3
Robert Gerwin def. Steve Wilson, 2-up
Past U.S. Mid-Amateur Results
Nathan Smith def. Tim Spitz, 7 & 6
Steve Wilson def. Todd Mitchell, 5 & 4
Trip Kuehne def. Dan Whitaker, 9 & 7
Dave Womack def. Ryan Hybl, 1-up
Kevin Marsh def. Carlton Forrester, 10 & 9
Austin Eaton III def. Josh Dennis, 1-up
Nathan Smith def. Bryan Norton (Conceded due to injury)
George Zahringer def. Jerry Courville, Jr, 3 & 2
Tim Jackson def. George Zahringer, 1-up
Greg Puga def. Wayne Raath, 3 & 1
Danny Green def. Jerry Courville Jr, 2 & 1
John "Spider" Miller def. Chip Holcombe, 1-up
Ken Bakst def. Rick Stimmel, 1-up
John "Spider" Miller def. Randy Lewis, 3 & 2
Jerry Courville Jr def. Warren Sye, 1-up
Tim Jackson def. Tommy Brennan, 1-up
Jeff Thomas def. Joey Ferrari, 1-up
Danny Yates def. David Lind, 1-up
Jim Stuart def. Bert Atkinson, 1-up
Jim Stuart def. Mark Sollenberger, 1-up
James Taylor def. Bill Hadden, 4 & 3
David Eger def. Scott Mayne, 2 & 1
Jay Sigel def. David Lind, 1-up (20 holes)
Bill Loeffler def. Charles Pinkard, 4 & 3
Jay Sigel def. O. Gordon Brewer Jr, 3 & 2
Michael Podolak def. Bob Lewis Jr, 5 & 4
Jay Sigel def. Randy Sonnier, 1-up
William Hoffer def. Jeffrey Ellis, 3 & 2
Jim Holtgrieve def. Bob Lewis Jr, 2-up
In 1981, the USGA inaugurated its first new championship in 19 years, 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. Before the arrival of the Mid-Amateur, the post-college player could compete in the Amateur Championship, sometimes successfully, but these older amateurs faced greater odds. While they fit their golf around their work and families, they were most often competing against college golfers, for whom the game is close to a full-time activity.
High profile past winners of this event are: Jay Sigel (1983, 1985, 1987), Jim Holtgrieve (1981), David Eger (1988), Jerry Courville (1995) and John "Spider" Miller (1996, 1998). The USGA accepted 3,860 entries for the 2010 championship. The record of 5,271 entries was set in 1997.
Last year, Nathan Smith captured this championship for the second time, as he crushed Tim Spitz, 7 & 6. Smith, who also won in 2003, dominated the match, opening up an 8-up advantage after the morning round. Smith won three of the first four holes and played the opening 18 in 3-under-par without making a bogey. After halving the first five holes in the afternoon, Spitz finally won his first hole of the match on the 24th hole. On the 30th hole, Smith knocked his wedge approach to within six inches of the hole to close out the match.
Canada was the only other nation, aside from the United States, represented in the 264-player field.
Steve Wilson dominated Todd Mitchell in 2008, 5 & 4 to capture the 28th edition of the Mid-Amateur Championship at Milwaukee Country Club. Wilson never trailed in the match, taking an early 2-up advantage after six holes.
Mitchell squared the match with back-to-back birdies on the ninth and 10th holes, however Wilson reclaimed the lead for good, winning holes 13 and 15.
Wilson held a 2-up lead after the morning 18 and then increased his lead to 5- up after 25 holes. Wilson closed out the match on the 32nd hole with a par after one-putting for the 14th time. Medalist Skip Berkmeyer lost in the second round to Chris Lange, who had reached the quarterfinals before losing to Mitchell.
In 2007, Trip Kuehne hammered Dan Whitaker in the final, 9 & 7, to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. This was Kuehne's first USGA title after losing to Tiger Woods, 2-up, in the 1994 U.S. Amateur final. Kuehne, whose brother Hank and sister Kelli have won USGA titles, represented the United States three times in the Walker Cup.
Kevin Marsh cruised to a 10-and-9 win over Carlton Forrester in the 2005 championship match. Marsh was 3-up after seven holes and a whopping 10-up after the morning 18. Marsh, a reinstated amateur, closed out the match on the 27th hole with a four-footer for par. Marsh defeated 1997 Mid-Amateur winner Kenny Bakst and the defending champion, Austin Eaton III en route to the title.
In 2003, Nathan Smith became the youngest champion in event history, as he defeated Bryan Norton. Smith, at 25, was four-up as they played the ninth hole when Norton suffered a calf muscle injury which forced him to concede the remainder of the match. The concession was the first time in the history of the USGA that a final match was conceded due to injury or illness.
Prior to 2001, the championship match was 18 holes. In 1983, Sigel became the first golfer in 53 years to win two USGA events in the same year, when he won this event just 32 days after capturing the U.S. Amateur.
The 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur will be conducted at Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Texas and followed by Conway Farms Golf Club (IL) in 2012.
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Paul Simson defeated stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 & 1, to win the USGA Senior Amateur Championship on Thursday for his third national title of the year.
Simson never trailed in the 18-hole final at Lake Nona, but he needed to fend off a late rally from Tallent, a familiar opponent, to win the championship.
A four-foot birdie putt at No. 9 gave Simson a 4-up lead around the turn. He protected that advantage for three holes until Tallent knocked his tee shot at the par-three 13th to six feet for a birdie. continue>>
Fort Myers, FL (Sports Network) - Mina Hardin defeated Alexandra Frazier, 2 & 1 on Thursday to win the USGA Senior Women's Amateur Championship at Fiddlesticks Country Club.
This was the first USGA victory for Hardin, 50, but ended a great run from Frazier.
She was the last qualifier for the match-play portion of the championship and knocked off medalist Leigh Klasse on Monday, then knocked off defending champion Shelly Herman on Wednesday. Frazier could've been the first No. 64 seed to win a USGA championship, but Hardin was too much for her on Thursday. continue>>
Buenos Aires, Argentina (Sports Network) - South Korea etched its name into the record book Saturday en route to a huge victory at the Women's World Amateur Team Championship.
The team shot a five-under 139 in the final round and finished at 30-under 546 to establish a new tournament scoring record, obliterating the former mark of 558 set by the United States in 1998.
The South Koreans won by an eye-opening 17 strokes over the U.S., but their margin of victory only tied the second-largest ever in championship history. The '98 American team won by a shocking 21 shots. continue>>