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5 players to watch as the U.S. Mid-Am tees off at Conway Farms Golf Club

Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com    view all articles from this source
published 17 Aug 2012

see also: U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying and Doug Hanzel's rankings profile


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With U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifying coming to a close, the field is now complete. And while there's much still unknown about how the event will play out Sept. 8-13 at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., one thing is sure about the 32nd playing of the championship: the field will be experienced and filled with talent.

Many of amateur golf's headline-making names either qualified or were exempt into championship proper, which means the competition will be stiff.

With each of the 264 golfers in the field set for an early-September trip to the midwest, here are 5 players to watch when the first round begins:

1.) Randy Lewis: The defending champion is an obvious choice for such a list and his memorable 2011 victory is the reason why. In 1996, Lewis lost his best chance to win a USGA event, falling in the final of the Mid-Am. The 15 years between that stunning loss and his victory last year were well worth the wait. Can Lewis make it two straight?

2.) Nathan Smith: A three-time winner of the Mid-Am championship and a semifinalists last year, Smith is very much a contender at Lake Forest. He was a member of the 2011 USA Walker Cup team and has a pair of Top 20s at the Azalea and Sunnehanna. It's very likely Smith will be in the mix during match play.

3.) Doug Hanzel: The Savannah resident has had a tremendous season already. It could get exponentially better with a 'W' at the U.S. Mid-Am. Hanzel finished as the low amateur at the U.S. Senior Open, has taken two Top 15s at the Oglethorpe Invitational and Birmingham National Invitational and won the Lupton Invitational. Momentum may be key for Hanzel, who recently reached match play at the U.S. Amateur, becoming the oldest (age 55) to reach that portion of the event since 1979.

4.) Kevin Marsh: The 2005 champion, Marsh has remained red-hot this summer. He won the California Amateur and the Carlton Woods Invitational and was 10th at the Crane Cup and 20th at the Lupton Invitational.

5.) Kenny Cook: Cook was the runner-up at the 2011 U.S. Mid-Am, falling to to Lewis 3-and-2 in the 36-hole finale. Since last year's Mid-Am, Cook has a runner-up finish at the Indiana Tournament of Champions and reached match play at the U.S. Amateur. He'll be hungry and playing well when the Mid-Am tees off in early September.

U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifying: Top Finishers

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amateurgolf.com Player Rankings points events
Place    Player
Qualifier USA Tim Hogarth, Northridge, CA
Qualifier USA Jeff Wilson, Fairfield, CA
Qualifier USA Trevor Sauntry, Houston, TX
Qualifier USA Corby Segal, Santa Clarita, CA
Qualifier USA Joey Benedetti, Huntington Beach, CA
Qualifier USA Jason Higton, San Joaquin, CA
Qualifier USA Brian Tennyson, Fullerton, CA
Qualifier USA Matt Cohn, San Francisco, CA
Qualifier USA John McClure, Austin, TX
Qualifier USA Casey Boyns, Pacific Grove, CA
Qualifier USA Jeff Murphy, Pleasant Hill, CA
Qualifier USA Kevin Wolf, Stockton, CA
Qualifier USA Billy Jackson, The Woodlands, TX
Qualifier USA Ricky Stockton, Salinas, CA
Qualifier USA David Reynolds, Trophy Club, TX
Qualifier USA Robert Evans, Austin, TX
Qualifier USA Jerry Ledzinski, Carmel, CA
Qualifier USA Chris Davis, Beaumont, TX
Qualifier USA Kyle Kovacs, Sherman Oaks, CA
Qualifier USA Scott Stevens, Cardiff by the Sea, CA
Qualifier USA Joseph Prince, Chula Vista, CA
Qualifier USA Greg Wells, Hermosa Beach, CA
Qualifier USA Chris Forbes, Katy, TX
Qualifier USA Sandy Pierce, Houston, TX
Qualifier USA Christoper Wheeler, Carrollton, TX
Qualifier USA John Rudolph, San Diego, CA
Qualifier USA Ben Scribner, Hillsborough, CA
Qualifier USA Justin Hendrix, Santa Margarita, CA
Qualifier USA Drew Olson, Berkeley, CA
Qualifier USA Greg Flanagan, Texarkana, TX
Qualifier USA John Culp, San Antonio, TX
Qualifier USA Travis Hunter, Irvine, CA
Qualifier USA Andrew Lawson, Dallas, TX
Qualifier USA John O'Donnell, Los Angeles, CA
Qualifier USA John Schaefer, Plano, TX
Qualifier USA Justin Warthen, Arroyo Grande, CA
Qualifier USA Gerry Simoni, Carlsbad, CA
Qualifier USA Justin Fraley, Rowlett, TX
Qualifier USA Mark Nicoletti, Napa, CA
Qualifier USA Trevor Hyde, Kerrville, TX
Qualifier USA Chris Hartenstein, Austin, TX
Qualifier USA Kyle George, Sierra Madre, CA
Qualifier USA Jeffrey Fortson, Palm Desert, CA
Qualifier USA Andrew Kampen, Frisco, TX
Qualifier USA Chris Taylor, Houston, TX
Qualifier USA Michael Douthit, Palestine, TX
Qualifier USA Ted Waldrip, Arlington, TX
Qualifier USA Nick Ushijima, Hillsborough, CA

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