Met Players in U.S. Mid-Am
UPDATE (10:30 am, October 5, 2015) - Match play is officially underway at the U.S. Mid-Am and the Met Area's own Brian Komline earned himself the 4th seed, teeing off at 11:10 am. Komline will go head to head against the 61st seed, Reid Hatley of Hayden Lake, Idaho.
UPDATE (9:00 am, October 5, 2015) - On-site stroke play qualifying is coming to a close at the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla. Brian Komline of Bridgewater, N.J. finished stroke play qualifying at 1-under 142, posting two steady rounds of 71. As it stands this morning, Komline stands tied for third with several players still having to finish after play was postoned last night due to darkness.
Although the match play bracket has yet to be released, Komline undoubedtly has earned himself a strong seed as he furthers in the competition later this morning.
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (October 2, 2015) – A group of Met Area players are in the starting field of 264 for the 35th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, Fla., October 3-8. The two days of stroke-play qualifying will take place on both the West Course and North Course, while match play will be contested solely on the West Course.
Headlining the competitors include a trio just announced as part of the MGA’s 13th Carey Cup team: Darin Goldstein of New York City, Brian Komline of Bridgewater, N.J., and Joe Saladino of Huntington, N.Y. Goldstein was co-medalist at the Fairmount qualifier in Chatham, N.J., shooting 69. Komline also came out of Fairmount, shooting 71. Saladino, who recently tied third at the 9th MGA Mid-Am, qualified at Huntington with a 69.
John Browndorf of Red Bank, N.J., Matthew Fields of New York City, Lawrence Haertel, Jr. of Greenwich, Conn., and Brian Whitman of Tinton Falls, N.J. also qualified at Fairmount, all carding 71s.
Joining Saladino as qualifiers out of Huntington are Brian Flannigan of Rye, N.Y., Rich Messina and James Mastaglio, both of Garden City, N.Y., and Matthew Rendell and Brian Williams, both of New York City. Messina also carded a top-10 finish in the recent MGA Mid-Am, tying for eighth at Nassau Country Club.
The U.S. Mid Am is open to any amateur golfer who is 25 years old by Oct. 3, with a Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
Stroke play qualifying will be completed Oct. 3-4, with the low 64 scores advancing to match play. One round of match play will be completed on Monday, Oct. 5, while two rounds are scheduled for both Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. A champion will be crowned Oct. 8, following the 36-hole championship match.