Texas North wins United States Mid-Amateur Team Championship
The 14th Annual United States Mid-Amateur Team Championship at Creekmore Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. ended in a thrilling finish with Team Texas edging out Team Arizona by a single shot, while Chris Kovach
and Bryan Hoops secured individual titles.
Kovach, representing Team Missouri, turned in rounds of 67-66-73 to finish at 10-under 206, which was good for a two stroke over Draegan Majors
of the North Texas squad, who carded rounds of 72-68-68 to finish 8-under 208.
Though he won the individual title in wire-to-wire fashion, Kovach didn’t have an easy time getting to the finish line. Kovach, the 2019 Missouri Mid-Amateur Champion, seemed to be on cruise control as enjoyed a six-shot lead with nine holes remaining. However, Majors cut into the lead with a birdie on 11 and when Kovach made a bogey on 13, the lead was down to four.
Another birdie by Majors on the 14th coupled with a bogey by Kovach on 15 cut the lead to just two strokes with three holes remaining.
Mid-Am individual winner Chris Kovach (r)
Both players parred holes 16 and 17 and exchanged birdies on the par-5 closing hole, sealing the two-shot victory for Kovach.
Draegen’s birdie putt on 18 was not for naught, as it gave Texas North, which also included Travis Woolf
, John Pierce
and Marcus Jones
, the winning margin in the team competition over Arizona and Tennessee.
of Team Arizona survived a rollercoaster back nine in which he made four birdies, four bogeys and just one par to win the individual title.
ABOUT THE International Senior Invitational
The International Senior Invitational is a multi-state and multi country team golf tournament with
recognition for the individual stroke-play champion. The event includes the best Senior (ages 50+)
golfers in the world with invitations based on WAGR ranking and recent tournament performance.
Field size 44 three-man teams.
TEAM Championship: 3 players per team
represented. 2 out of 3 scores will count for each
day of play.
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tournament is a 54-hole stroke play championship.
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