One of the more prestigious amateur golf tournaments in the country - the U.S. Golf Association’s U.S. Mid-Amateur - is set for Saturday through next Thursday at Charlotte Country Club and Charlotte’s Carolina Golf Club.
Here are five things to know about the Mid-Am, which is the country’s top tournament for post-college amateur golfers (participants must be 25 or older to enter):
▪ The five-day tournament begins with two days of stroke play on Saturday and Sunday. The top 64 from the 264-player field advance to match play on Monday. Rounds of 32 and 16 will be played Tuesday, with quarterfinals and semifinals on Wednesday and the 36-hole championship match Thursday. The championship match will be played at Charlotte Country Club, a Donald Ross-designed course (as is Carolina).
▪ Matt Parziale, a firefighter from Brockton, Mass., won the 2017 Mid-Am in Atlanta. Parziale did so in convincing fashion, beating Josh Nichols 8-and-6 at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course. The victory earned Parziale invitations to the Masters (where he missed the cut) and the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills (where he finished co-low amateur).
▪ Greensboro’s Scott Harvey is a former Mid-Am champion, winning the title in 2014 in Bethlehem, Pa., and also finishing runner-up in 2016.
▪ Several Charlotte golfers are entered in the field, including Brett Boner, Stefan Brewer, Barry Dyche, Danny Evelyn, Cole Isban, Chad Wilfong and Stephen Woodard.
▪ Boner and Woodard are brothers-in-law. Woodard is a former winner on the Canadian PGA Tour and Boner is a two-time Charlotte City Amateur champion, including this year’s.