ERIN, WI – Three Maine golfers with ties to the Pine Tree State will tee it up in the upcoming 41st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Erin Hills in Wisconsin starting this weekend. This USGA championship is open to all players aged 25 and older who carry a Handicap Index® of 3.4 and lower.
This year saw a record 5,708 entries into the championship, with only 264 players advancing to the championship proper. This year’s event will be played at Erin Hills GC, best known for hosting the 2017 U.S. Open won by Brooks Koepka. Blue Mound G&CC will serve as the sister course for stroke play qualifying. The entire field will tee it up at both courses on September 10-11, with the top 64 players advancing to match play the rest of the week.
Mainers in the field at the 41st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
Andrew Slattery, Portland CC — Slattery, the 2014 Maine Amateur champion, had to pack his bags quickly to make it to the championship this week, having gotten a call from the USGA on Monday to move from the alternate list into the championship. Slattery shot a 69 at his sectional qualifier in Connecticut last month, ultimately being eliminated on the second playoff hole to become the first alternate from his site. This will be his second USGA championship, having played at the 2016 State Team Championship in Alabama.
Sam Weiss, Blue Hill CC – Weiss will have New York, NY next to his name on the tee sheet for the Mid-Amateur, but he has spent summers in Maine since he was a kid. He is a member at Blue Hill CC on the coast of Maine and has competed in Maine Golf events since his junior golf days. This is his first USGA championship.
Harvin Groft, Berwick – While Groft is a member at The Oaks GC in Somersworth, NH just across the border, he resides in Maine and will have the state listed next to his name in the championship. Groft has been one of the top players in New Hampshire for the last decade. This is his third USGA championship, all of which have been the Mid-Amateur, having previously played in the 2018 event in Charlotte and last year’s tournament at Sankaty Head in Massachusetts where he advanced to match play.
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