Texas Mid-Am Match Play: Wheeler (66) is Medalist
Christoper Wheeler
Christoper Wheeler

PLANO, Texas (July 26, 2012) – The 2012 Mid- Amateur Match Play Championship got underway Thursday at the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles Country Club. 18 holes of stroke play qualifying is the first step in a grueling test of golf and fitness. A ninety player field started the day with intentions of being in the low thirty-two and advancing to match play. After a very hot day, Christopher Wheeler was able to take the best advantage of good scoring conditions to earn the top seed with a round of 66.

Wheeler made four birdies on the front nine and added another on the back to fire a five under par round of 66. Trevor Hyde, the runner-up in this championship last year, got off to another good start. Hyde made five birdies in his round of 68 to earn the second seed. Jeff Leach was the only other player to break 70 with a two under par round of 69 which was good enough to earn the third seed heading into match play.

In all thirteen players shot rounds of par or better. An exciting finish to the day came when five players battled through a sudden death playoff for the final qualifying spot. Mike McCarten, a member of Gleneagles CC, earned the last spot a clutch par on the first playoff hole to complete the match play draw.

This year’s championship will be contested on the Queen’s Course. Designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Von Hagge, the par 72 layout plays at 6,901 yards and puts an emphasis on accuracy. Many lakes come into play and when the wind blows, she is not quite the lady her name suggests. The course, along with the King’s Course, was designed and opened in 1985. Gleneagles Country Club has hosted many championships in recent years including the 2005 North Mid-Amateur and the 2011 North Amateur. Gleneagles also has the distinction of hosting the IFQ-A, which is the only final qualifying site in the U.S. for the British Open. 2012 will be the fourth consecutive year that Gleneagles will host the IFQ-A.


The Mid-Amateur Match Play is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday. The low 32 players advance to match play. Round of 32 and 16 are played on Friday, Quarter and Semifinal matches played on Saturday, and the finals scheduled for Sunday morning. Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a GHIN handicap index of 5.4 or less, and who are 25 years of age or older as of the first round of the Championship July 21, 2011. Please Reference “TGA Policies and Procedures” for further details.

ABOUT THE Texas Mid-Am Match Play

Eligibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers with a USGA handicap index of 5.4 or less, and who are 25 years of age or older as of the first round of tournament play. Please reference “TGA State Championship Eligibility” on www.txga.org for additional eligibility details.

Format: Scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play qualifying, with the low 32 players advancing to match play.

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