Texan cards 68 at Shadow Hawk, but 99 golfers still yet to finish first round September 16, 2011 By Beth Murrison, USGA

Two-time defending champion Nathan Smith opened the 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur with a 2-under 70 at Shadow Hawk Golf Club. (USGA Museum)

Richmond, Texas – Mike McCaffrey, 41, of League City, Texas, shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take the lead in the first round of stroke-play qualifying at the weather-delayed 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Play was suspended due to a dangerous weather condition at 2:58 p.m. and resumed at 5:30 p.m. Play was called for the day at 8:15 p.m. with 99 players yet to complete their first round.

McCaffrey, who played the par-72, 7,170-yard Shadow Hawk Golf Club, had eight birdies in his round, including four in a row from the seventh through 10th holes. His final birdie came on No. 17, when he made a 30-footer.

It was bittersweet, starting with a bogey and ending with a double, said McCaffrey. Everything in between was pretty decent, though. I drove it in play and I hit it very decent and I putted it really well. I rolled the ball real well today. I only missed a couple of putts all day long.

Playing in his first USGA championship, McCaffrey said his approach to the game has changed since he regained his amateur status in January.

Since I quit playing professionally, it’s become more of a calm out on the golf course, because I don’t have to perform, said McCaffrey. We have five little ones at home, from 23 to 4, so I don’t feel like I have to make a cut to make a check to please a sponsor or put bread on the table. It’s more calming for me.

One stroke off McCaffrey’s pace was David Noll Jr., 39, of Dalton, Ga., who also played at Shadow Hawk. Noll, playing in his sixth Mid-Amateur, had five birdies and two bogeys en route to a 69. Matching Noll’s 69 were Scott Kammann, 38, of Baneberry, Tenn., Scott Stevens, 42, of Encinitas, Calif., and Jimmy Chang, 41, of San Marino, Calif., who all played the companion stroke-play course, the par-72, 7,125-yard Houstonian Golf & Country Club, which is adjacent to Shadow Hawk.

Two-time defending champion Nathan Smith of Pittsburgh, Pa., opened with a 2-under 70 at Shadow Hawk. Smith, who played in the Walker Cup Match last weekend at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland, is the only three-time champion in Mid-Amateur history. But he said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure at Shadow Hawk this week.

As for my legacy and winning it three times, that’s something I’ve never really thought about, said Smith, who also won the championship in 2003 and 2009. I’m just like everybody else and we’re all kind of going after the same thing. But you realize how special it is to be a champion of this event and possibly have an invitation to the Masters. I just think that anytime you’re playing in a USGA event you’re just trying to put your best foot forward and make match play and then who knows what can happen.

Matching Smith’s 70 were Brett Williams, 30, of Circleville, Ohio, who played at Shadow Hawk, and Kevin Watford, 38, of Franklin, Tenn.

Paul Simson, 60, of Raleigh, N.C., was six under through 16 holes (he started on No. 10) at the Houstonian. Simson, the 2010 USGA Senior Amateur champion, will complete his round when the first round resumes Sunday at 7:30 a.m. CDT. He is a five-time USGA stroke-play medalist, including the 2004 Mid-Amateur when he shared the honor with Jeff Wilson.

After 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 Saturday’s first 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): 

Mike McCaffrey, League City, Texas, 33-35--68sh

David Noll Jr, Dalton, Ga., 34-35--69sh

Scott Kammann, Baneberry, Tenn., 36-33--69th

Jimmy Chang, San Marino, Calif., 34-35--69th

Michael McCoy, West Des Moines, Iowa, 35-34--69th

Scott Stevens, Encinitas, Calif., 37-32--69th

Brett Williams, Circleville, Ohio, 33-37--70sh

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa., 37-33--70sh

Kevin Watford, Franklin, Tenn., 35-35--70th

Jeff Knox, Augusta, Ga., 36-35--71sh

Kris Mikkelsen, Atlanta, Ga., 34-37--71sh

Kevin Quinn, Needham, Mass., 33-38--71th

Kevin Keller, Baldwin Park, Calif., 36-35--71th

Sean Knapp, Oakmont, Pa., 35-36--71th

Terence Begnel, Tulsa, Okla., 36-36--72sh

Camron Howell, San Tan Valley, Ariz., 36-36--72sh

Jeffrey Osberg, West Chester, Pa., 38-34--72sh

Corby Segal, Santa Clarita, Calif., 41-31--72th

Joseph Latowski, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 34-38--72th

Taylor Wood, Laguna Niguel, Calif., 35-37--72th

Anthony Barrera, San Jose, Calif., 35-37--72th

Josh Gregory, Dallas, Texas, 35-38--73sh

Chad Bolt, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 36-37--73sh

Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill., 36-37--73sh

Gary Robinson, San Diego, Calif., 35-38--73sh

Robert F. Gerwin II, Cincinnati, Ohio, 36-37--73th

Chris Congdon, Foxboro, Mass., 38-35--73th

Chris Berens, Mount Dora, Fla., 36-37--73th

Clarke Kincaid, Trophy Club, Texas, 34-39--73th

Bryan Covar, Florence, S.C., 34-40--74sh

Jeff Champine, Rochester Hills, Mich., 38-36--74sh

Robby McWilliams, Bossier City, La., 35-39--74sh

Jon Peterson, Granite Bay, Calif., 38-36--74sh

Dan Horner, Sandy, Utah, 36-38--74sh

Brian Westveer, Charlotte, N.C., 37-37--74sh

Eberley Stonestreet, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 36-38--74sh

Erik Schleicher, Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., 37-37--74sh

R.C. Orr, Sacramento, Calif., 35-39--74sh

Tyler Crawford, Indio, Calif., 39-35--74sh

Matthew Smith, Lubbock, Texas, 37-37--74sh

Barry Logar, Fairfield, Calif., 36-38--74sh

Christopher Herzog, Chico, Calif., 38-36--74sh

Spencer Provow, Murfreesboro, Tenn., 38-36--74th

John Moheyer, Baltimore, Md., 36-38--74th

Jeronimo Esteve, Puerto Rico, 37-37--74th

Matthew Fields, New York, N.J., 38-36--74th

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

Michael Castleforte, Springboro, Ohio, 36-38--74th

George Zahringer, New York, N.Y., 39-35--74th

Kenny Cook, Noblesville, Ind., 38-36--74th

Jordan Carpenter, Bluffton, S.C., 37-38--75sh

Jeff Fujimoto, Phoenix, Ariz., 39-36--75sh

Troy Johnson, Maple Grove, Minn., 37-38--75sh

Jason Greiner, Cincinnati, Ohio, 35-40--75sh

Brad Jones, Augusta, Ga., 37-38--75sh

Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C., 36-39--75sh

Matthew Williams, Albuquerque, N.M., 38-37--75sh

Mike Stamberger, Plainfield, N.J., 37-38--75sh

Mike Ignasiak, Saline, Mich., 35-40--75th

Chris Taylor, Houston, Texas, 39-36--75th

Joshua Rhodes, Paducah, Ky., 36-40--76sh

Scott Hovis, Jefferson City, Mo., 38-38--76sh

James Jasinski, Birmingham, Ala., 35-41--76sh

Dan Jennings, Los Angeles, Calif., 38-38--76sh

Frank Alafoginis, Arlington, Va., 39-37--76sh

Tom Sullivan, Grosse Pointe, Mich., 35-41--76sh

Darrin Overson, Provo, Utah, 37-39--76sh

Ricky Jones, Thomaston, Maine, 38-38--76sh

Steven Irwin, Golden, Colo., 38-38--76th

Richard Berkmeyer, St. Louis, Mo., 38-38--76th

Austin Hannah, Katy, Texas, 38-38--76th

Patrick Murphy, Glencoe, Ill., 37-39--76th

Keith Achman, Carlsbad, Calif., 43-34--77sh

Ryan Chin, Canada, 38-39--77sh

Duke Butler IV, Ponte Vedra, Fla., 38-39--77sh

Joe True, Milwaukee, Wis., 40-37--77sh

Trey Wilkinson, Houston, Texas, 38-39--77sh

Chris Clarke, East Hampton, N.Y., 37-40--77sh

Craig Erickson, Henderson, Nev., 38-39--77sh

James Kurtenbach, Denver, Colo., 38-39--77sh

Chris Igawa, Hilo, Hawaii, 40-37--77th

Steven Colwick, Glen Rose, Texas, 39-38--77th

Jason Pridmore, Ventura, Calif., 38-39--77th

Daniel Ragsdale, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 38-39--77th

Scott Weeks, Savannah, Ga., 37-40--77th

Jeff Holzschuh, Greenwich, Conn., 39-38--77th

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

Gene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa, 40-38--78sh

Nicholas Biesecker, Staunton, Va., 38-40--78sh

Pat Thompson, Asheville, N.C., 41-37--78sh

Ryan Sloane, Campbell, Calif., 39-39--78sh

Adam Baxter, Fairbanks, Alaska, 41-37--78sh      

Craig Miyamoto, Sacramento, Calif., 40-38--78sh

Randy Haag, Orinda, Calif., 39-39--78th

Dave Womack, McDonough, Ga., 37-41--78th

William Shriver, Baltimore, Md., 38-40--78th

Michael Standard, McDonough, Ga., 39-39--78th

Jerry Ledzinski, Carmel, Calif., 35-43--78th

Patrick Carter, Huntington, W.Va., 40-38--78th

Joseph Nichols, Little Rock, Ark., 40-39--79sh

Dudley Payne III, Warrenton, Va., 41-38--79sh

Marc Grinberg, Morganville, N.J., 40-39--79sh

Cory Gladstone, San Diego, Calif., 40-39--79sh

Mark Harding, Hermosa Beach, Calif., 42-37--79sh

Daniel Hurley, Leesburg, Va., 40-39--79th

Josh Anderson, Sunbury, Ohio, 42-37--79th

Steve Owens, Philadelphia, Pa., 42-37--79th

Tim Spitz, Rochester, N.Y., 38-41--79th

Matt Keyser, Lake Oswego, Ore., 40-39--79th

David Brown, Pittsburgh, Pa., 39-40--79th

Kyle Flodder, Katy, Texas, 40-39--79th

Casey Baker, Ann Arbor, Mich., 36-43--79th

Theodore Meyer, Scottsdale, Ariz., 41-38--79th

Chris Hartenstein, Austin, Texas, 37-42--79th

Joshua Chamberlain, Amherst, N.H., 37-42--79th

Grant Goltz, Dekalb, Ill., 39-40--79th

Drew McMahon, Little Falls, N.J., 39-41--80sh

Jason McKenzie, Augusta, Ga., 42-38--80sh

Craig Davis, Chula Vista, Calif., 41-39--80sh

Michael Henry, Bloomington, Ill., 38-42--80sh

Todd Burgan, Knoxville, Tenn., 38-42--80sh

Brad Clark, Chapel Hill, N.C., 39-41--80sh

Matt Heestand, Cleveland, Ohio, 38-42--80sh

Rudy Hermstadt, Waterbury, Conn., 38-42--80sh

Bucky Coe, San Diego, Calif., 43-37--80th

Cody Sundberg, Chicago, Ill., 41-39--80th

David Reynolds, Roanoke, Texas, 40-40--80th

Alan Hampton, Donalsonville, Ga., 39-41--80th

Casey Magner, Wilmette, Ill., 41-39--80th

Philip Mahone, Charlottesville, Va., 40-40--80th

Mark Hannon, Bolingbrook, Ill., 39-42--81sh

Ryan Baucom, East Rockingham, N.C., 39-42--81sh

Victor Galvani, Hopkinton, Mass., 39-42--81sh

Daniel Griffiths, Eugene, Ore., 42-39--81sh

Paul Buttafuoco, Enfield, Conn., 42-39--81sh

Jeremy Defalco, Tucson, Ariz., 40-41--81th

Michael Barbosa, St. Petersburg, Fla., 42-39--81th

Jared Eglowsky, New York, N.Y., 40-41--81th

Chance Holmes, Phoenix, Ariz., 40-41--81th

Scott McLaughlin, Harleysville, Pa., 44-38--82sh

Chris Shelton, Ocoee, Fla., 42-40--82th

Travis Carpenter, Albuquerque, N.M., 41-41--82th

Rick Ten Broeck, Chicago, Ill., 40-42--82th

Rob Cowan, Canada, 41-42--83sh

Albert Oh, New York, N.Y., 42-41--83sh

Danny Riskam, Broomfield, Colo., 43-40--83sh

Lew Mitchell, Troy, Ala., 41-42--83sh

Matthew Cannan, Chicago, Ill., 38-45--83sh

Jim McNelis, Gig Harbor, Wash., 38-45--83th

Andy Lucas, Tulsa, Okla., 40-43--83th

Tristan Sanders, Denver, Colo., 40-44--84sh

Scott Scudder, Erlanger, Ky., 42-42--84th

Cliff Martin, Los Angeles, Calif., 45-39--84th

Brien Gerber, Naperville, Ill., 41-43--84th

Cory Huss, Evans, Ga., 40-44--84th

Tom Broderick, Redwood City, Calif., 41-44--85th

Charlie Schorgl, Leawood, Kan., 40-45--85th

Shannon McWilliams, Tallahassee, Fla., 42-43--85th

Mark McCormick, Hanover, Mass., 39-47--86sh

Derek Meinhart, Mattoon, Ill., 42-44--86th

Brian Fehr, Lavista, Neb., 43-44--87th

Tim Rypien, Spokane, Wash., 39-48--87th

Paul Rice, Redlands, Calif., 44-44--88sh

Dave Fardon, Center Valley, Pa., 46-42--88th

Steve Tarulli, Rockville Centre, N.Y., 44-45--89th