Engler Early Leader For Mid-Am Medalist September 17, 2011 By Beth Murrison, USGA

Kevin Pomerleau, seen here playing in last year's Mid-Amateur, made a run at medalist honors before two late double bogeys derailed the effort. (USGA Museum)

Richmond, Texas – John Engler, 32, of Augusta, Ga., shot a 1-under 71 Sunday to take a one-stroke lead during the second round of stroke-play qualifying at the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Engler, who shot a first-round 68 at the par-72, 7,170-yard Shadow Hawk Golf Club, had three birdies and two bogeys en route to his second-round 71 at the adjacent par-72, 7,125-yard Houstonian Golf & Country Club, the companion stroke-play qualifying course.

On the par-4 ninth hole at The Houstonian, the 18th of Engler’s round, he hit an 8-iron to 10 feet and made the birdie to best by one stroke first-round leader Paul Simson, who carded a second-round 1-over 73 at Shadow Hawk.

I knew kind of where I was at, said Engler, who finished his round about 15 minutes prior to a weather delay that came at 1:55 p.m. CDT. I just wanted to stay in a good frame of mind and get in the top 64 [for match play].

For the second consecutive day, weather issues plagued the Mid-Amateur. Play was suspended for 3 hours, 45 minutes. The competitors in the morning wave were able to complete their second and final round of qualifying. None of the golfers in the afternoon wave completed their second rounds when darkness suspended play for the day at 7:18 p.m. CDT.

Play will resume on Monday at 7:30 a.m. CDT.

This is the second consecutive Mid-Amateur appearance for Engler, a reinstated amateur who played professionally for two years on the Nationwide Tour. In 2003, while a professional, he suffered a severe ankle injury in an automobile accident coming home from a hunting trip on his parents’ farm. The injury, which eventually forced him to leave professional golf, still affects him and makes it difficult for him to walk.

It continues to swell, said Engler. To be healthy, I can only play about one tournament a month. I played in the U.S. Amateur (last month) and now here.

It was a pretty severe break, a major dislocation of the ankle; pretty nasty, he said. People said I would never be able to walk without a limp, much less play golf. I came back and was very fortunate to have a short professional career. Obviously I couldn’t do it as much [because of the injury].

Simson, 60, of Raleigh, N.C., followed up his 5-under 67 with the 73 at Shadow Hawk. The five-time USGA stroke-play medalist and 2010 USGA Senior Amateur champion was disappointed to narrowly miss out on medalist honors, but was pleased with his overall play.

I played pretty solid, said Simson, a co-medalist at the 2004 U.S. Mid-Amateur and four-time USGA Senior Amateur medalist. I hit the ball well and I’m putting pretty well. Yesterday I just hit the ball really well. I was hitting it close and making putts. I’m not at all disappointed. I’m going to take it easy this afternoon and gain some strength for match play.

Simson will easily advance to match play, which is scheduled to begin Monday at Shadow Hawk.

This course is no doubt more difficult than the other one, said Simson after playing his second round at Shadow Hawk. The tee shots are a lot more demanding. You have to be a lot more accurate with your ball off the tee and the placement off the tee. So I was just trying to hit good shots and get into a position where I’ll feel comfortable tomorrow, and I think I accomplished that.

Matching Simson’s two-day total of 4-under 140 was Kevin Pomarleau, 42, of E. Wenatchee, Wash., who missed a 5-footer on No. 18 that would have vaulted him into a tie with Engler. Pomarleau was at eight under par through 12 holes before making two double bogeys over his final six holes, including the par-5 16th when his 6-iron approach found water. He regrouped to finish with a pair of pars.

I wanted to make that one, said Pomarleau, a reinstated amateur who played professional golf around the world for 12 years, of the putt on No. 18. It was one of those putts if you play break, you can’t hit it too hard. I played break and I didn’t quite hit it hard enough. I wanted to play it a ball out and maybe pulled it to the edge.

Mike McCaffrey, 41, of League City, Texas, who was a stroke behind Simson after a 4-under 68 at Shadow Hawk Saturday, was two under through 11 holes at The Houstonian, putting him at six under overall with seven holes remaining.

Two-time defending champion Nathan Smith, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pa., who opened with a 2-under 70 at Shadow Hawk, also was playing at The Houstonian.

After the conclusion of the second round of stroke play, the U.S. Mid-Amateur field will be reduced to 64 players for match play. The first round of match play is scheduled for Monday, the second and third rounds will be played Tuesday, the quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be played Wednesday, and the 36-hole championship final will be played Thursday.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is one of 13 championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association each year, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

Story written by Beth Murrison, USGA Manager of Championship Communications. For questions or comments, contact her atbmurrison@usga.org. 

Richmond, Texas – Results from Sunday’s second round of stroke play at the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur at the par-72, 7,170-yard Shadow Hawk Golf Club and the par-72, 7,125-yard Houstonian Golf & Country Club (sh = Shadow Hawk; th = The Houstonian) (note = second round not complete; will resume at 7:30 a.m. CDT Monday): 

John Engler, Augusta, Ga., 68sh-71th--139

Kevin Pomarleau, E. Wenatchee, Wash., 68sh-72th--140

Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C., 67th-73sh--140

Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind., 74th-68sh--142

Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va., 73th-69sh--142

Clarke Kincaid, Trophy Club, Texas, 73th-69sh--142

Scott Stevens, Encinitas, Calif., 69th-73sh--142

Gavin Parsons, Garden City, Idaho, 72th-71sh--143

Terence Begnel, Tulsa, Okla., 72sh-72th--144

Chris Chuck, Roswell, Ga., 73sh-71th--144

Blake Johnson, Winnetka, Ill., 73sh-71th--144

Serge Hogg, Baltimore, Md., 71th-73sh--144

Jimmy Chang, San Marino, Calif., 69th-75sh--144

Paul Jacobsen, Racine, Wis., 71th-73sh--144

Barry Dyche, Charlotte, N.C., 70th-74sh--144

Shaun Helmle, Seabrook, Texas, 72sh-73th--145

Jeffrey Osberg, West Chester, Pa., 72sh-73th--145

Gary Robinson, San Diego, Calif., 73sh-72th--145

Stephen Summers, Dallas, Texas, 76sh-69th--145

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C., 72th-73sh--145

T.J. Shuart, Coral Springs, Fla., 72th-73sh--145

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa., 71th-74sh--145

Billy Jackson, The Woodlands, Texas, 71th-74sh--145

Camron Howell, San Tan Valley, Ariz., 72sh-74th--146

Andres Gaviria, Coral Gables, Fla., 73sh-73th--146

Rob Couture, Dallas, Texas, 72th-74sh--146

Kevin Marsh, Henderson, Nev., 73th-73sh--146

Chris Forbes, Katy, Texas, 71th-75sh--146

Mark Miller, West Covina, Calif., 74sh-73th--147

Sammy Schmitz, Apple Valley, Minn., 72sh-75th--147

Aaron Hickman, Dallas, Texas, 77sh-70th--147

Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa, 69th-78sh--147

Randal Lewis, Alma, Mich., 75sh-73th--148

James Scorse, Rochester, N.Y., 74sh-74th--148

Doug Albers, Leawood, Kan., 80sh-68th--148

Herbie Aikens, Pembroke, Mass., 75sh-74th--149

Steve Daniele, Fresno, Calif., 77sh-72th--149

Tony Behrstock, Los Angeles, Calif., 74sh-75th--149

Jamie Looper, Oakdale, Calif., 73sh-76th--149

Jeff Jolley, South Jordan, Utah, 73th-76sh--149

Tucker Sampson, Chevy Chase, Md., 77th-72sh--149

Bryan Hoops, Chandler, Ariz., 77th-72sh--149

Thad Hudgens, Longwood, Fla., 77sh-73th--150

Tom Carlson, Sioux Falls, S.D., 77sh-73th--150

Tony Soerries, The Woodlands, Texas, 73sh-77th--150

Tad Leistico, Worthington, Minn., 77th-73sh--150

Paul Welle, Scottsdale, Ariz., 74th-76sh--150

Matt Heestand, Cleveland, Ohio, 80sh-71th--151

Bradley Rock Jr, Plainview, N.Y., 76sh-75th--151

Andrew Gabelman, Barrington, Ill., 78sh-73th--151

Christopher Herzog, Chico, Calif., 74sh-77th--151

Darrin Overson, Provo, Utah, 76sh-75th--151

Andre Bolukbas, Cresskill, N.J., 79sh-72th--151

Daniel Griffiths, Eugene, Ore., 81sh-71th--152

Adam Baxter, Fairbanks, Alaska, 78sh-74th--152

Matt Behm, Janesville, Wis., 79sh-73th--152

David Vaclav, Grosse Isle, Mich., 78sh-74th--152

Michael Sullivan, Spring, Texas, 74sh-78th--152

Daniel Russo, Hagaman, N.Y., 75sh-77th--152

Gregg Angelillo, Basking Ridge, N.J., 75th-77sh--152

Nikhil Desai, Sanford, Fla., 79th-73sh--152

Michael Morrison, Roswell, Ga., 73th-79sh--152

Bradley Hardin, Martinsville, Ind., 76th-76sh--152

Edward Sanchez, San Antonio, Texas, 75th-77sh--152

Heath Myers, Kingfisher, Okla., 75th-77sh--152

Jeff Boyer, Oklahoma City, Okla., 75th-77sh--152

Dan Crockett, Brentwood, Tenn., 75sh-78th--153

Bill Winter, Portland, Ore., 76sh-77th--153

Paul Erdman, Erie, Colo., 76sh-77th--153

Paul Lang, Canada, 77sh-76th--153

Eric Burch, Machesney Park, Ill., 78th-75sh--153

Kenneth Weixel, Columbus, Ohio, 80th-73sh--153

Peach Reynolds, Austin, Texas, 74th-79sh--153

Jess Bonneau, Cypress, Texas, 81sh-73th--154

Patrick Carter, Huntington, W.Va., 78th-76sh--154

Lee Gladden, Madison, Miss., 80th-74sh--154

Edward Davis, San Mateo, Calif., 77sh-78th--155

Craig Miyamoto, Sacramento, Calif., 78sh-77th--155

Bill Moore, Syracuse, N.Y., 78sh-77th--155

Tim Hogarth, Northridge, Calif., 76th-79sh--155

Jeff Golliher, Knoxville, Tenn., 78th-77sh--155

Grant Goltz, Dekalb, Ill., 79th-76sh--155

Jeff Holzschuh, Greenwich, Conn., 77th-78sh--155

Shane Brady, Provo, Utah, 79sh-77th--156

Kenny Kowall, Parma, Ohio, 80sh-76th--156

Larry Storck, Baltimore, Md., 78sh-78th--156

James Kurtenbach, Denver, Colo., 77sh-79th--156

Tim Hamm, Minneapolis, Minn., 80sh-76th--156

Michael Larson, Boulder, Colo., 79sh-77th--156

Philip Mahone, Charlottesville, Va., 80th-76sh--156

Thomas Gramigna, Haddonfield, N.J., 79th-77sh--156

Marc Mandel, Conshohocken, Pa., 75th-81sh--156

Patrick Murphy, Glencoe, Ill., 76th-80sh--156

Ryan Leahey, Orange, Conn., 77th-79sh--156

Jeffrey Duncan, Carson City, Nev., 81th-75sh--156

Alan Bardwell, Bloomington, Ill., 74th-82sh--156

Doug Stiles, Athens, Ga., 80th-76sh--156

Jesse Bull, Minneapolis, Minn., 75th-81sh--156

Braxton McLennan, Charlotte, N.C., 79sh-78th--157

Ricky Jones, Thomaston, Maine, 76sh-81th--157

Joshua Chamberlain, Amherst, N.H., 79th-78sh--157

Chance Holmes, Phoenix, Ariz., 81th-76sh--157

Bob Mathers, Niceville, Fla., 79th-78sh--157

Torrey Welsch, Freeburg, Ill., 78th-79sh--157

John Pate, Santa Barbara, Calif., 76th-81sh--157

Jason Reddick, Encinitas, Calif., 79th-78sh--157

Paul Buttafuoco, Enfield, Conn., 81sh-77th--158

Shawn Tucker, Whitefish, Mont., 76sh-82th--158

Brad Landry, Scott, La., 83sh-75th--158

Gene Williams, San Antonio, Texas, 77th-81sh--158

Michael Kloenne, West Linn, Ore., 81th-77sh--158

Chadd Slutzky, Palatine, Ill., 83sh-76th--159

Trip Smalley, Mobile, Ala., 83sh-76th--159

Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C., 77sh-82th--159

Bebo Patton, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 78th-81sh--159

Chris Hartenstein, Austin, Texas, 79th-81sh--160

Mark McCormick, Hanover, Mass., 86sh-76th--162

Scott McLaughlin, Harleysville, Pa., 82sh-81th--163

Rudy Hermstadt, Waterbury, Conn., 80sh-84th--164

Matthew Cannan, Chicago, Ill., 83sh-81th--164

Nathan Wilson, Sheridan, Wyo., 86sh-78th--164

John Ramsey, Glenview, Ill., 83th-82sh--165

Jay Betchan, Garber, Okla., 82th-83sh--165

Andrew Spooner, Austin, Texas, 84th-82sh--166

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill., 82th-84sh--166

Paul Rice, Redlands, Calif., 88sh-82th--170

Andrew Denenberg, Chicago, Ill., 82th-88sh--170

Lucas Trierweiler, Plainwell, Mich., 88sh-92th--180

Greg Cole, The Woodlands, Texas, 76sh-WDth--WD

Brian Corcoran, Dallas, Texas, 80th-DQsh--DQ

Mark Bartlett, Little Rock, Ark., 76th-WDsh--WD

Matt Bianchini, West Boylston, Mass., 85th-WDsh--WD