Trans-Miss Am: McCoy Wins Second Title

DES MOINES, Iowa (July 13, 2008)--Mike McCoy and Byron Shumate both cruised through the stroke play portion of the 105th Trans-Mississippi Championship, held at the Wakonda Club in West Des Moines, as well as the latter portions of the match play bracket.

McCoy, a local golfer who was the 2000 Trans-Miss champ, was the co-medalist, and cruised through match play until the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals, where he met another pair of local golfers in JD Anderson and Gene Elliott.

He was able to prevail 1-up and 2 & 1, his closest matches of the tourney.

Shumate, of Fort Smith, Ark., topped another Forth Smith golfer in Mark Graham 5 & 3 to make it into the finals.

He had some dicey situations early in match play, prevailing 1-up over Neal Barfield in the first round, in 19-holes over Tommy Brennan in the second round and in 20 holes over Gary Young in the third round.

The pair squared off Sunday in the 18-hole final, with McCoy taking the title by a margin of 5 & 4.

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amateurgolf.com Note: Mike McCoy has been a member of amateurgolf.com since 2006. In addition to his two Trans-Miss titles, he has won the prestigious Crump Cup at Pine Valley in New Jersey three times since 2004.

Results For Trans-Mississippi Championship
WinIAMike McCoyW. Des Moines, IA400
Runner-upARBryon ShumateFort Smith, AR300
SemifinalsFLMichael BarbosaSt. Petersburg, FL200
SemifinalsARMark GrahamFt. Smith, AR200
QuarterfinalsMNTim AndersenMinnetonka, MN100

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ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Championship

The Trans-Miss is one of the oldest and most storied golf tournaments in the United States. For 106 years the championship was played in a match play format. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus (1958 and 1959), Charles Coe (1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956), Deane Beman (1960), George Archer (1963), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Gary Koch (1973), Bob Tway (1978), Mark Brooks (1978) and other professional tour notables. In 1987 the championship was changed to a mid- amateur age requirement, and a senior division was also added. Starting in 2010, the Trans- Mississippi Championship, returned to its roots as an open amateur tournament, and immediately established itself as a "must-play" among top collegiate and mid-am players, while changing to a 72-hole stroke play format. The field size starrts at 144 players from Trans- Mississippi Golf Association member clubs (or players receiving a special invitation from the Championship Committee). After 36 holes, a cut is made to the low 54 and ties who play the final two rounds.

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