UW Golf Coach Competes in U.S. Mid-Amateur

Oct. 1, 2004

Seattle - Washington men's golf coach Matt Thurmond will put aside his coaching duties this weekend to compete in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship conducted by the USGA at St. Simons Island, Ga. The tournament, which includes match play and stroke play, runs from Oct. 2-7 at Sea Island Golf Club. The champion of the tournament will receive a number of exemptions to USGA amateur championship events and a probable invitation to the 2005 Masters.

Thurmond is one of 264 golfers who qualified for the tournament. A total of 4,371 entries were accepted by the USGA for this national championship event. Sectional qualifying took place at 68 sites for this year's event. The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to amateur golfers who have reached their 25th birthday and have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.

All 264 golfers will play a single round on each of the Sea Islands two courses before the field is trimmed to the low 64 scorers. Those competitors will advance to match play. Scoring of the event can be found at usmidam.org

Thurmond, who competed as a collegiate at Brigham Young, qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship by winning the sectional tournament held at the Spokane Country Club in early September. Thurmond shot a 3-under 69 and then used a birdie on the first hole of a three-way playoff to claim the berth.

Thurmond is scheduled to tee off at 12:55 on Saturday on the Plantation Course. He will start his second round at 8:25 a.m. Sunday on the Seaside Course.

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