Marsh Holds One-Stroke Lead At U.S. Mid-Am September 24, 2010 By USGA Staff

Todd Burgan of Knoxville, Tenn., had the low round at Atlantic Golf Club on Saturday with a 2-under-par 70, one stroke off the lead held by past champion Kevin Marsh. (USGA Museum)

Bridgehampton, N.Y. – Past champion Kevin Marsh shot a 3-under-par 69 at The Bridge Saturday for a one-stroke lead after the wind-swept first day of stroke play at the 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

I’m kind of surprised that I had the lowest score but I’m certainly not disappointed, said Marsh, 37, of Henderson, Nev., of his round that included five birdies and two bogeys.

With a 7:50 a.m. starting time, the 2005 Mid-Amateur champion faced difficult wind conditions for most of the round.

I would have taken even par when I teed off this morning. Marsh said.The first hole was brutal, and I hit a great third shot for a tap-in birdie on the first hole, which was kind of nice, and then I made a couple of good putts. I was a little squirrely on the back nine but I held it together.

Todd Burgan, 41, a pharmacist from Knoxville, Tenn. and a quarterfinalist in 2009, trailed Marsh after a 2-under-par 70 at Atlantic Golf Club, the best of the day at that course.

You just want to get in the top 64, Burgan said, acknowledging the windy conditions. The better you can shoot the first day, the less pressure the second. It’s one of the better rounds I’ve played in a while considering the difficulty out there.

Two strokes behind Marsh at 1-under 71 were Chris Hall, of Kennesaw, Ga., Brian Grossman of Mansfield, Texas, Scott Harvey of Greensboro, N.C., and 2008 runner-up Todd Mitchell of Bloomington, Ill., at The Bridge and Los Angeles County deputy sheriff Dick Engel, of Quartz Valley, Calif., at Atlantic Golf Club. Only seven players bettered par on the day.

Marsh, in six previous Mid-Amateurs, has advanced to at least the quarterfinals three times (quarterfinalist in 2004, semifinalist in 2007 and winner in 2005).

In addition to his good play, he employed the knowledge of his caddie to score well.

Fortunately, my caddie is a Bridge caddie, so that helped a lot, Marsh added. He helped me keep it in the right spots on the greens and stay off trouble off the tee.

Marsh was one of just three players in the morning wave of starting times who broke par, and he did so with a more aggressive approach to the stroke-play portion of the championship.

The last few years I felt like I get a little bit too protective, thinking I have to shoot a 74 or 75, and you just can’t play golf like that. Marsh said. You have to play your game and hopefully you play well. Tomorrow, it’ll be nice to have a little cushion, and just be able to go play. Sometimes when you shoot 75 or 76, you start thinking about the numbers. Now, I can just go play. We’ll see what the scores are like. It would be nice to be medalist.

A real estate professional, Marsh tailors his competitive schedule to prepare for this championship.

I feel like I’m in the prime of my golf career and it’s the highlight of the year for me, Marsh said.

Defending champion Nathan Smith, 32, of Pittsburgh, Pa., who played at Atlantic, led a group of eight players who shot even-par 72.

I needed a good score over here and I feel like I got it, said Smith, the 2003 and 2009 champion, who recorded four birdies and four bogeys. At least it might hold me in there to have a chance to make match play.

After a second day of stroke play Sunday, the U.S. Mid-Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play, which will be played at Atlantic Golf Club. The first round of match play is scheduled for Monday, the second and third rounds will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches are on Wednesday, and the 36-hole championship final will be played Thursday.

The U.S. Mid- Amateur, which is open to golfers age 25 and older, is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Bridgehampton, N.Y. -- Results of Saturday’s first round of stroke play at the 2010 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played at 7,044-yard, par-72 Atlantic Golf Club and 7,352-yard, par-72 The Bridge. (tb=The Bridge; agc=Atlantic Golf Club).

Kevin Marsh, Henderson, Nev., 36-33--69tb

Todd Burgan, Knoxville, Tenn., 36-34--70agc

Dick Engel, Quartz Hill, Calif., 34-37--71agc

Chris Hall, Kennesaw, Ga., 35-36--71tb

 Brian Grossman, Mansfield, Texas, 36-35--71tb

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C., 36-35--71tb

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill., 37-34--71tb

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa., 37-35--72agc

R.J. Nakashian, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 35-37--72agc

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa., 38-34--72tb

Robbe Trout, Fort Worth, Texas, 38-34--72tb

Dan Emrick, St Peters, Mo., 36-36--72tb

Brad Wilder, Fort Wright, Ky., 33-39--72tb

Robert Leopold, England, 37-35--72tb

Alan Coshatt, Birmingham, Ala., 34-38--72tb

Raymond Floyd, Old Greenwich, Conn., 36-37--73agc

Patrick Carter, Huntington, W.Va., 36-37--73agc

Brian Harris, Kokomo, Ind., 35-38--73agc

Mike McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa, 36-37--73agc

Tim Spitz, Rochester, N.Y., 36-37--73tb

Ryan Abbate, Weston, Fla., 41-32--73tb

Robert F Gerwin II, Cincinnati, Ohio, 33-40--73tb

Michael Brown, Cheltenham, Pa., 39-34--73tb

Jamison Friedman, Southampton, N.Y., 39-34--73tb

Dan Dunkelberg, Fort Worth, Texas, 36-37--73tb

Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif., 37-36--73tb

Tripp Davis, Norman, Okla., 38-35--73tb

Kris Mikkelsen, Atlanta, Ga., 39-35--74agc

Scott Almquist, Coto De Caza, Calif., 36-38--74agc

Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C., 35-39--74agc

Keith Humerickhouse, New Castle, Colo., 36-38--74agc

Jordan Hawkinson, Grant, Minn., 34-40--74agc

Ryan Sloane, Campbell, Calif., 37-37--74agc

Tom Werkmeister, Grand Rapids, Mich., 35-39--74agc

Erik Bertrand, Pittsburgh, Pa., 39-35--74agc

Joseph Saladino, Huntington, N.Y., 37-37--74agc

Michael Cooper, Austin, Texas, 35-39--74agc

David Noll Jr, Dalton, Ga., 38-36--74tb

Danny Simmerman, Nashville, Tenn., 39-35--74tb

Dave Womack, Mcdonough, Ga., 39-35--74tb

Gene Williams, Beeville, Texas, 37-37--74tb

Casey Cusack, Anchorage, Alaska, 39-35--74tb

Robby McWilliams, Bossier City, La., 38-36--74tb

Serge Hogg, Baltimore, Md., 36-39--75agc

George J Zahringer III, New York, N.Y., 37-38--75agc

Richard Berkmeyer, St Louis, Mo., 38-37--75agc

Jonathan Valuck, Edmond, Okla., 39-36--75agc

Rick Cloninger, Fort Mill, S.C., 38-37--75agc

Joe Sanders, Incline Village, Nev., 38-37--75agc

Kevin Pomarleau, E Wenatchee, Wash., 35-40--75agc

Dan Horner, Sandy, Utah, 37-38--75agc

Scott Osler, Cutchogue, N.Y., 35-40--75tb

Tony Vincelli, Rosemount, Minn., 35-40--75tb

Anthony Barrera, San Jose, Calif., 36-39--75tb

Mike Calef, West Bridgewater, Mass., 38-37--75tb

Bill Jeremiah, West Grove, Pa., 38-37--75tb

John Engler, Augusta, Ga., 36-39--75tb

Nolan Mills, Charlotte, N.C., 40-35--75tb

David Ujihara, Brea, Calif., 39-36--75tb

John Wright, Aurora, Ill., 37-39--76agc

Nathan Colson, Milwaukee, Wis., 36-40--76agc

David Stewart, New York, N.Y., 37-39--76agc

Herbie Sargent, Pelzer, S.C., 39-37--76agc

Lance Goodson, Birmingham, Ala., 36-40--76agc

Jordan Nasser, Irvine, Calif., 36-40--76agc

Jay Dempsey, Glencoe, Ill., 38-38--76agc

James Scorse, Rochester, N.Y., 39-37--76agc

Duke Delcher, Bluffton, S.C., 39-37--76agc

Richie Taylor, Snellville, Ga., 37-39--76agc

Brian Higgins, Bellingham, Mass., 39-37--76agc

Derek Meinhart, Mattoon, Ill., 37-39--76agc

Harry Roberts, Saint Joseph, Mo., 42-34--76agc

Tim Jackson, Germantown, Tenn., 40-36--76tb

Dave Vaclav, Grosse Ile, Mich., 37-39--76tb

Nick Ushijima, Japan, 39-37--76tb

T.J. Brudzinski, Columbus, Ohio, 39-37--76tb

Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C., 37-39--76tb

Robert Chalanick, Victor, N.Y., 38-38--76tb

Geoffrey Cooper, Philadelphia, Pa., 36-40--76tb

Daniel Belden, Akron, Ohio, 37-39--76tb

Erik Hanson, Kirkland, Wash., 39-37--76tb

Jeff Marr, Wesley Chapel, Fla., 37-39--76tb

Robert Gregorski, Appleton, Wis., 39-38--77agc

Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn., 38-39--77agc

Ryan McCarty, Voorhees, N.J., 38-39--77agc

Tyler Sharpe, Greensburg, Ky., 40-37--77agc

Jeffrey Fortson, Palm Desert, Calif., 36-41--77tb

Brian Atkinson, Chicago, Ill., 38-39--77tb

Joey Gullion, Humble, Texas, 39-38--77tb

Mike Hyland, Toledo, Ohio, 41-36--77tb

Michael Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J., 41-36--77tb

Roger Newsom, Virginia Beach, Va., 37-40--77tb

Jordan Mitchell, Atlanta, Ga., 41-36--77tb

Sam Hogan, Valdosta, Ga., 39-38--77tb

Jesse Larson, Minneota, Minn., 37-40--77tb

Ryan Zamorano, Dallas, Texas, 38-39--77tb

Brent Landry, Charlotte, N.C., 41-36--77tb

Ryan Leahey, Orange, Conn., 36-42--78agc

Ben Hayes, Scottsdale, Ariz., 41-37--78agc

Ryan Parnell, Atlanta, Ga., 38-40--78agc

Eric Spencer, Bloomfield Village, Mich., 35-43--78agc

Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C., 40-38--78agc

Michael McCarthy, San Francisco, Calif., 39-39--78agc

Patrick Duffy, Omaha, Neb., 38-40--78agc

Bill Hodges, Thomasville, Ga., 37-41--78tb

Andy McCabe, Dallas, Texas, 40-38--78tb

Tim Mickelson, San Diego, Calif., 35-43--78tb

Stephen Anderson, Hobe Sound, Fla., 38-40--78tb

Kevin Boscamp, Dallas, Texas, 39-39--78tb

Eric Williams, Honesdale, Pa., 39-39--78tb

Brett Egge, Sioux Falls, S.D., 40-38--78tb

Andrew Gabelman, Barrington, Ill., 40-38--78tb

Austin Eaton III, North Sutton, N.H., 41-37--78tb

Samuel O'Dell, Hurricane, W.Va., 42-36--78tb

Peter Samborsky II, Dayton, Ohio, 41-37--78tb

Walter Gieselman, Commerce Township, Mich., 38-40--78tb

Sandy Pierce, Houston, Texas, 39-39--78tb

Brian Whitman, Bloomfield, N.J., 38-40--78tb

Matthew Fields, Los Angeles, Calif., 40-38--78tb

Todd Humrichouser, Westerville, Ohio, 39-39--78tb

James Doidge, Pueblo, Colo., 42-36--78tb

Mark Ewing, Newport Beach, Calif., 38-41--79agc

Joshua Rhodes, Paducah, Ky., 36-43--79agc

Miles McConnell, Madison, Wis., 38-41--79agc

Raymond Sheedy, Mount Airy, Md., 39-40--79agc

Tim Hamm, Chicago, Ill., 38-41--79agc

Jeff Duncan, Carson City, Nev., 41-38--79agc

Jonathan Carlson, Lake County, Calif., 39-40--79agc

Christopher Hudson, Portland, Ore., 39-40--79agc

Kevin Wentworth, Arnold, Calif., 43-36--79tb

Douglas Snoap, Apopka, Fla., 40-39--79tb

Grady Brame, Hammond, La., 38-41--79tb

Charlie Stevens, Wichita, Kan., 40-39--79tb

Ben Leestma, Boise, Idaho, 43-36--79tb

Jeffrey L Ryan, Valparaiso, Ind., 41-38--79tb

Aaron Bragg, Little Rock, Ark., 40-39--79tb

Jimmy Henderson, Lebanon, Ohio, 41-39--80agc

Jamie Jones, Montgomery, Ala., 42-38--80agc

Scott Hovis, Jefferson City, Mo., 37-43--80agc

Richard Balla, St Charles, Ill., 37-43--80agc

Dan Gabel, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., 41-39--80agc

Trevor Hyde, Kerrville, Texas, 36-44--80agc

Jeff Coffman, Oklahoma City, Okla., 37-43--80agc

Michael Caprio, Rumford, R.I., 40-40--80agc

David Field, Kiawah Island, S.C., 39-41--80agc

Martin Rifkin, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 36-44--80agc

Stan Payne, Little Rock, Ark., 37-43--80agc

Joey Davis, Huntersville, N.C., 40-40--80agc

Mark C Miller, West Covina, Calif., 37-43--80agc

Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii, 38-42--80agc

Chester Musselman, Louisville, Ky., 38-42--80agc

Jason Robertson, Virginia Beach, Va., 39-41--80agc

Paul Murphy, Arlington, Mass., 40-40--80agc

T J Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla., 41-39--80tb

Hunter Nelson, Houston, Texas, 40-40--80tb

Brian Gillespie, Wayne, Pa., 41-39--80tb

Kevin Noto, Las Vegas, Nev., 40-40--80tb

Jay Blumenfeld, Parsippany, N.J., 40-40--80tb

Kevin Watford, Franklin, Tenn., 40-40--80tb

Brett Martin, Phoenix, Ariz., 41-39--80tb

Y.J. Yang, Korea, 42-38--80tb

Jim Perry, Canfield, Ohio, 43-37--80tb

Brent Shaw, Tampa, Fla., 44-36--80tb

Robert Morris, Great Falls, Va., 39-41--80tb

Arnold Cunningham, Nashville, Tenn., 42-38--80tb

Steven Tarulli, Rockville Center, N.Y., 39-41--80tb

George Marucci Jr, Villanova, Pa., 37-43--80tb

Kyle Marcolla, Chillicothe, Mo., 44-36--80tb

Kenneth Doerrer, Mitchellville, Md., 39-41--80tb

Paul Balatti, Santa Rosa, Calif., 37-43--80tb

Michael Minicucci, Austin, Texas, 41-40--81agc

David McDaniel, Tucson, Ariz., 42-39--81agc

Victor Galvani, Hopkinton, Mass., 41-40--81agc

Bjorn Bjorke, Port Orchard, Wash., 40-41--81agc

James Sullivan Jr, New Kensington, Pa., 42-39--81agc

Christopher Lee, Edmond, Okla., 42-39--81tb

Adam Walicki, Scottsdale, Ariz., 40-41--81tb

Nick Vondrak, Omaha, Neb., 41-40--81tb

John Jones, San Francisco, Calif., 41-40--81tb

Adam White, Ann Arbor, Mich., 39-42--81tb

Mark Manwaring, Long Beach, Calif., 40-41--81tb

Scott Derogatis, East Hanover, N.J., 42-39--81tb

Ty Comerford, O Fallon, Ill., 44-37--81tb

Greg Kramer, Urbandale, Iowa, 40-41--81tb

Tom Krystyn, Denver, Colo., 39-42--81tb

Freeman Fite, Anniston, Ala., 44-37--81tb

Vance Antoniou, North Barrington, Ill., 36-46--82agc

Roc Irey, Furlong, Pa., 40-42--82agc

Lloyd Fisher, Grand Rapids, Mich., 38-44--82agc

William Lundeen, Cincinnati, Ohio, 37-45--82agc

John Crowley, Greenwich, Conn., 39-43--82agc

Tobin Scott, Lincoln, Calif., 40-42--82agc

Chad Hanson, Graham, Texas, 42-40--82agc

Sergio Reyes, Lakeside, Calif., 39-43--82agc

Josh Williamowsky, Rockville, Md., 42-40--82agc

Mark Scheibach, Bermuda Dunes, Calif., 42-40--82agc

Shawn Hodge, Perry, Ga., 42-40--82tb

Brad Shaw, Los Angeles, Calif., 42-40--82tb

Paul Welle, Scottsdale, Ariz., 41-41--82tb

Mike Kirby, Virginia Beach, Va., 39-43--82tb

Philip Kalivas, Green River, Wyo., 41-41--82tb

Jason Coffin, Denver, Colo., 43-40--83agc

Jason Goldsworthy, Australia, 42-41--83agc

Jason Wood, Portland, Ore., 42-41--83agc

Mark O'Sullivan, Ireland, 42-41--83agc

Eric Peterson, Nampa, Idaho, 43-40--83agc

Scott Lamond, Chevy Chase, Md., 41-42--83agc

Scott Petty, Peoria, Ill., 39-44--83agc

Rob Stover, Durham, N.C., 41-42--83agc

Peter Smetek, Houston, Texas, 42-41--83agc

Joseph Alvarez, Hampden, Maine, 38-45--83agc

Joey Hord, Portland, Ore., 43-40--83agc

Eddie Hargett, Blythewood, S.C., 41-42--83agc

Chuck Del Priore, New Rochelle, N.Y., 40-43--83tb

Jeffrey Lorio, New Orleans, La., 43-41--84agc

Stephen Marland, Houston, Texas, 42-42--84agc

Michael Slaven, Chicago, Ill., 43-41--84agc

Cass Traub, Long Beach, Calif., 41-43--84agc

Matthew Elliott, Columbus, Ohio, 38-46--84agc

Geoff Klein, Mankato, Minn., 41-43--84agc

Jose Maruri, New Orleans, La., 39-45--84agc

Luis Romero, Huntington Beach, Calif., 42-42--84agc

Jimmy Burke, Houston, Texas, 44-40--84tb

Richard Woolworth, Greenwich, Conn., 43-41--84tb

Louis Seguin, Canada, 44-40--84tb

Tad Leistico, Omaha, Neb., 45-39--84tb

John Ehrgott, Peoria, Ill., 47-37--84tb

Thomas McConnell, Holliston, Mass., 42-42--84tb

Nick Lambos, Massillon, Ohio, 40-45--85agc

Larry Vaughan, Naperville, Ill., 41-44--85agc

Robert Funk, Canyon Lake, Calif., 42-43--85agc

Kevin Blaser, Somerset, Mass., 40-45--85agc

Dan Chappelle, Santee, Calif., 43-42--85agc

Richard Sexton, Birmingham, Ala., 39-46--85agc

Curtis Woodworth, New York, N.Y., 40-45--85tb

Scott Stratton, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., 44-41--85tb

John Pate, Santa Barbara, Calif., 43-43--86agc

James Donley, Phoenix, Ariz., 40-46--86agc

Charles Anderson, Ada, Mich., 43-43--86agc

Steven Carter, Jacksonville, Fla., 46-40--86tb

Jeff Johnston, Agoura Hills, Calif., 46-40--86tb

Arthur Starrs, Dallas, Texas, 46-40--86tb

Peter Keller, Rye, N.Y., 42-44--86tb

James Saivar, San Diego, Calif., 44-43--87agc

Patrick Kelly, Albuquerque, N.M., 39-48--87agc

Jim D'Addio, West Haven, Conn., 41-46--87agc

Christian Petersen, Fair Oaks, Calif., 43-44--87agc

Tim Tucker, Coos Bay, Ore., 44-43--87tb

Matthew Clarke, Loudonville, N.Y., 47-40--87tb

Neil Moore, Redondo Bch, Calif., 45-42--87tb

Jonathan Fall, Milwaukee, Wis., 46-42--88agc

Robert Bechtol, Tallahassee, Fla., 44-44--88agc

Theodore Seagroves III, Chapel Hill, N.C., 42-46--88tb

Curtis Skinner, Lake Bluff, Ill., 41-48--89agc

John Ply, Chicago, Ill., 47-42--89agc

Gary Spector, Woodmere, N.Y., 44-45--89agc

Matt Wilson, Spartanburg, S.C., 45-44--89tb

Dave Honerkamp, Corona Del Mar, Calif., 43-47--90agc

Josh Sellers, Aurora, Ill., 43-47--90tb

Jim Mueller, Altamont, N.Y., 46-45--91agc

Jack Skirkanich, Rumson, N.J., 46-46--92agc

Mark Hamilton, Beverly Hills, Mich., 46-46--92tb

Justin Smith, River Forest, Ill., 52-41--93tb

Tyler Barry, Gering, Neb., 49-49--98agc