U.S. Mid-Am Underway At Erin Hills
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (September 8, 2022) -- The 41st U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship kicks off Saturday, with the Met Area well represented as the Championship heads to Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. for the first time in the event’s history.
A number of well-known names from the Met Area highlight the men’s side, and the top three players in the 2022 MGA Player of the Year standings will make the trip to Wisconsin. Brad Tilley of Easton, Conn., Mark Costanza of Morristown, N.J., and Matt Lowe of Farmingdale, N.Y., lead the points race, with Tilley holding the lead over Costanza by just seven points. While Lowe qualified through a sectional qualifier at Mohawk Golf Club in Schenectady, N.Y., earning medalist honors, Tilley and Costanza are exempt into the championship as they are both inside the top 40 age-eligible points leaders in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Costanza also is exempt due to his runner-up finish last year.
Costanza went on a magical run during last year’s U.S. Mid-Am Championship at Sankaty Head Golf Club in Siasconset, Mass., eventually falling to 2016 MGA Player of the Year and two-time U.S. Mid-Am Champion Stewart Hagestad of New Port Beach, Calif. He nearly erased a seven-hole deficit, with Hagestad hanging on for a 2 & 1 victory.
Tilley enters the championship during an impressive 2022 campaign. He won the Mittlemark Invitational and 2022 Met Amateur Championship at Fenway, while also taking home the 100th Westchester Open Championship at Sleepy Hollow. Tilley’s best finish at the U.S. Mid-Am is a berth in the quarterfinals in 2017.
Lowe has been solid all year, finishing top-10 in the NYC Amateur, Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship and Met Open Championship.
2012 Carter Cup Champion Jared Mactas of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., 2013 Met Am Champion Pat Wilson of Andover, N.J., 2017 Met Am Champion Matt Mattare of Jersey City, N.J., and 2022 Westchester Amateur winner Ryan Coughlin of Rye, N.Y., add to a slew of MGA golfers with hardware to their name.
Ty Zebrowski of Verona, N.J., Sam Weiss of New York, N.Y., Ryan Gabel of Beacon, N.Y., Tom McCarthy of New York, N.Y., Jason Bataille of Bridgewater, N.J., and Jason Longo of Fairfield, Conn., round out the representation for the Met Area.
The event will feature 264 golfers from around the United States, with 36-holes of stroke play qualifying on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 12. The championship will then switch to match play, wrapping up on September 15th with the 36-hole final. Blue Mound Golf & Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wis. will act as the stroke play co-host venue.
Tee times begin at 6:50 am CT on both Saturday and Sunday. Erin Hills will play at 7,358-yards, par-71, while Blue Mound will stretch to 6,726-yards, par-70.