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USGA’s 2018 Mid-Amateur, with Masters bid to winner, coming to Charlotte

Charlotte Country Club will add another chapter to its history of hosting USGA events when it will be the site of the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

It will be the fourth USGA national championship played at Charlotte Country Club, which also hosted the 1972 U.S. Amateur won by Vinny Giles; the 2000 U.S. Senior Amateur won by Bill Shean; and, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Amateur won by Danielle Kang.

The Mid-Amateur championship is open to amateurs who are at least 25 years old, and the winner earns an invitation to the Masters. In 2014, Greensboro’s Scott Harvey won the championship.

“Charlotte Country Club has supported amateur golf for more than a century and the USGA is pleased to bring the U.S. Mid-Amateur championship to the club for the first time,” USGA vice president and championship committee chairman Diana Murphy said in a statement.

“We know the course will thoroughly challenge the players’ skills as they compete for the Robert T. Jones Jr. memorial trophy.”

The tournament dates will be Sept. 22-27, 2018. Carolina Golf Club will serve as the tournament’s co-host with one round of the 36-hole stroke-play qualifying segment of the Mid-Amateur being played there. The top 64 players in stroke play will advance to match play at Charlotte Country Club.

Through the years, Charlotte Country Club has also hosted eight Carolinas Amateur championships, four Carolinas Women’s Amateur championships, two Southern Amateurs, five Charlotte City Amateurs and several other state and junior events. Originally designed by Donald Ross, the course was renovated in 2007 by Ron Pritchard, adding length as well as enhancing various features of the rolling, tree-lined layout.

“Charlotte Country Club is truly honored to host the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur championship,” said Damon DiOrio, CEO of Charlotte Country Club. “Since 1910, our club as been deeply dedicated to providing a championship-caliber golf experience for players of all ages. Our membership, staff and the Charlotte community look forward to hosting a memorable and meaningful championship.”

The Mid-Am (as it’s commonly known) was first played in 1981 and intended for post-college players, who had begun to dominate the U.S. Amateur championship. This year, 35-year healthcare worker Sammy Schmitz won the Mid-Am title with the help of an ace on the par-4 33rd hole in his finals match, allowing him to defeat Marc Dull 3 and 2.