Mid-Am Report: Day 4
Well, we’re down to eight men—eight men ranging in age from 26 to 47, with occupations ranging from chief executive to caddie—but today all of them have demonstrated one thing—they know how to win.
In the morning round of 32, six of our eight quarter-finalists battled down to the 18th hole to get their victories while in the afternoon they poured it on, winning by margins of 6&5, 6&4, 5&4, and two each by 4&3 and 3&2. The closest match ended 2 up at the 18th.
Among the casualties today was defending Champion Scott Harvey who was dethroned in the morning by Glenn Przbylski.. (In what must have been a major relief to the USGA’s trophy engraver, Przbylski succumbed to Joshua Irving of Dallas, Texas, in the afternoon.) Also eliminated were the two oldsters, Mike McCoy and Pat Tallent. McCoy made it to the second round before losing to Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Kentucky. The 62-year-old Tallent lost in the morning, fittingly enough, to a fellow named Justin Young.
Among the remaining players, the man with the most impressive credentials is also the senior member of the octet, 47-year-old Todd White of Spartanburg, South Carolina, who played on the 2013 Walker Cup Team and partnered with Nathan Smith earlier this year to win the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. White is playing in his 18th USGA Championship and his fifth Mid-Am, having reached the semifinals in 2012 and the quarterfinals last year.
Tomorrow’s quarterfinal matches will begin at 7:30 am with Joshua Irving facing off against Sammy Schmitz, of Farmington, Minnesota, the lone northerner still alive. Next will be Jess Daly from Pam Beach Gardens, Florida, versus Brad Wilder. They will be followed by Marc Dull, the Streamsong caddie, and 26-year-old David Gies II of Charlotte, North Carolina, the youngest man standing. The final match will be Todd White versus David Bolen of Lubbock, Texas. (For those of you paying attention to such things, there’s still a chance of a Dull-Wilder final.)
Finally, please know that, with all Mid-Am play now on the West Course, our North Course and practice range are now open. Indeed, the range is more open than ever. The barrier net that was erected at the west end is still in place, so for the time being, long hitters are welcome to swing from the heels with their drivers.
For what it’s worth, that net wasn’t quite as effective as it was hoped to be, despite being eight feet high and standing nearly 280 yards out. Several of the Mid-Am players were able to fly it with ease, their shots splashing into the pond beyond.
“We’ve lost a few golf balls this week,” said North & South Head Professional Steve Hudson ruefully. “In fact I’ve just put in a call to a local skin diver.”
Click here to read David Shefter from the USGA's "Five Matches to Watch in the Round of 32."
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