Noel advances, Blundell, Majors edged out in U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

ELVERSON, Pa. – Michael Muehr, 44, of Potomac Falls, Va., and Tom Werkmeister, 48, of Grandville, Mich., used different paths to win his first-round match Monday in the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Stonewall. Muehr posted a 3-and-2 victory while Werkmeister rallied in 20 holes on the par-70, 6,870-yard Old Course.

Former University of Tulsa golfer Chris Noel was the lone Oklahoman to advance to the round of 32. Noel defeated Darin Goldstein of New York 3 and 2 and will play Craig Mason of Ashburn, Va., at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Muehr, the top seed in match play and a 2011 U.S. Mid-Amateur semifinalist, held off Kyle Hoffman, of Lincoln, R.I. The 27-year-old had advanced into the bracket as the No. 64 seed earlier in the day after surviving a 14-for-1 playoff.

Werkmeister, who was a co-medalist in stroke play along with Muehr and Scott Harvey, trailed late against Ben Blundell, 28, of Oklahoma City, Okla. Blundell found the left greenside bunker on the par-4 second, the 20th hole, but sank a 20-footer for par. Werkmeister, who was putting on the nearly the same line as his opponent, then holed a match-clinching 19-foot birdie putt.

“I am kind of proud of myself,” said Werkmeister, who is competing in his seventh U.S. Mid-Amateur and reached the semifinals in 2014. “I had a lot of negative thoughts going on out there. It’s a relief to get this one.”

Blundell held a 2-up margin before Werkmeister bounced back to square the match with a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 13 and a curling 6-footer for another birdie on No. 16. The championship’s No. 2 seed later halved both the 17th and 19th holes with par putts to stay alive.

“I am excited and exhausted,” he said. “I stole it even though he didn’t really give me anything.”

The U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship continues with the Round of 32 and Round of 16 on Tuesday. The quarterfinal and semifinal rounds will be played on Wednesday. The championship concludes with a 36-hole final on Thursday, Sept. 15, starting at 7:45 a.m. EDT.

Brad Valois, 29, of Warwick, R.I., defeated Draegen Majors, 28, of Tulsa, Okla., in 20 holes. Valois was the stroke-play medalist in the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur and reached the Round of 32. Valois’ victory was one of four extra-hole matches today.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

ELVERSON, Pa. – Results from Monday’s first round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played at 6,870-yard, par-70 Stonewall (Old Course).
Round of 64
(Upper Bracket)

Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. (138) def. Kyle Hoffman, Lincoln, R.I. (149), 3 and 2

Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia, Pa. (145) def. Bradley Lane, Lawrence, Kan. (145), 1 up

Kevin Beavers, Seattle, Wash. (147) def. Ryan Sloane, Campbell, Calif. (144), 19 holes

Claudio Consul, Germany (144) def. Christopher Thayer, Denver, Colo. (147), 2 and 1

Chad Niezing, Manchester, Mo. (142) def. Robert Evans, Austin, Texas (148), 4 and 3

Sammy Schmitz, Farmington, Minn. (145) def. Roger Hoit, Summit, N.J. (146), 3 and 2

Carl Santos-Ocampo, Naples, Fla. (148) def. Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C. (142), 5 and 4

Scott Strickland, Birmingham, Mich. (146) def. Robert Hamilton, Gold River, Calif. (145), 1 up

Derek Busby, Ruston, La. (139) def. Antonio Grillo, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. (148), 7 and 6

Brian Quackenbush, Aiken, S.C. (146) def. Todd Mitchell, Bloomington, Ill. (145), 3 and 2

Joe Alfieri, Lutz, Fla. (143) def. Sean Barrett, San Francisco, Calif. (148), 5 and 3

Michael McDermott, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (147) def. Joseph Ida, Overland Park, Kan. (144), 20 holes

Bryan Hoops, Tempe, Ariz. (148) def. Joseph Saladino, Huntington, N.Y. (140), 1 up

Jason Anthony, Fairfield, Calif. (145) def. David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C. (146), 3 and 2

Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (143) def. Andrew Price, Lake Bluff, Ill. (148), 5 and 3

Jim Coleman, Billings, Mont. (146) def. Nic Daugharty, Valdosta, Ga. (144), 6 and 4

(Lower Bracket)

Thomas Werkmeister, Grandville, Mich. (138) def. Ben Blundell, Oklahoma City, Okla. (148), 20 holes

Brett Cooper, East Rockaway, N.Y. (145) def. Matthew Gourgeot, Decatur, Ala. (145), 2 up

Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, Calif. (144) def. John Brennan, Audubon, Pa. (147), 3 and 2

Cameron Tennant, Woodland Hills, Calif. (147) def. Philip Lee, White Bluff, Tenn. (144), 2 and 1

Joshua Irving, Dallas, Texas (148) def. Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C. (142), 1 up

Trevor Randolph, Franklin Lakes, N.J. (145) def. Matt Parziale, Brockton, Mass. (146), 4 and 3

Jesse Daley, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (142) def. M. Tyler McKeever, Atlanta, Ga. (148), 6 and 5

Brad Nurski, St. Joseph, Mo. (146) def. David Noll, Dalton, Ga. (145), 1 up

Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. (138) def. Mike Stackus, Ellicott City, Md. (148), 2 and 1

Kenny Coakley, Minneapolis, Minn. (146) def. Matt Cohn, San Francisco, Calif. (145), 5 and 4

Christopher Ault, Yardley, Pa. (147) def. Kevin O’Connell, Raleigh, N.C. (144), 1 up

Brad Valois, Warwick, R.I. (147) def. Draegen Majors, Tulsa, Okla. (144), 20 holes

Chris Noel, Broken Arrow, Okla. (148) def. Darin Goldstein, New York, N.Y. (141), 3 and 2

Craig Mason, Ashburn, Va. (145) def. Eugene Elliott, West Des Moines, Iowa (146), 1 up

David May, Auburn, N.Y. (148) def. Brad Wilder, Fort Wright, Ky. (142), 1 up

Kevin Silva, New Bedford, Mass. (146) def. Riley Pumphrey, Austin, Texas (144), 3 and 2

ELVERSON, Pa. – Pairings for Tuesday’s second round of match play at the 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, played at 6,870-yard, par-70 Stonewall (Old Course).
Round of 32
(Upper Bracket)

7:15 a.m. – Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. (138) vs. Gregor Orlando, Philadelphia, Pa. (145)

7:25 a.m. – Kevin Beavers, Seattle, Wash. (147) vs. Claudio Consul, Germany (144)

7:35 a.m. – Chad Niezing, Manchester, Mo. (142) vs. Sammy Schmitz, Farmington, Minn. (145)

7:45 a.m. – Carl Santos-Ocampo, Naples, Fla. (148) vs. Scott Strickland, Birmingham, Mich. (146)

7:55 a.m. – Derek Busby, Ruston, La. (139) vs. Brian Quackenbush, Aiken, S.C. (146)

8:05 a.m. – Joe Alfieri, Lutz, Fla. (143) vs. Michael McDermott, Bryn Mawr, Pa. (147)

8:15 a.m. – Bryan Hoops, Tempe, Ariz. (148) vs. Jason Anthony, Fairfield, Calif. (145)

8:25 a.m. – Stewart Hagestad, Newport Beach, Calif. (143) vs. Jim Coleman, Billings, Mont. (146)

(Lower Bracket)

8:35 a.m. – Thomas Werkmeister, Grandville, Mich. (138) vs. Brett Cooper, East Rockaway, N.Y. (145)

8:45 a.m. – Dan Sullivan, Pasadena, Calif. (144) vs. Cameron Tennant, Woodland Hills, Calif. (147)

8:55 a.m. – Joshua Irving, Dallas, Texas (148) vs. Trevor Randolph, Franklin Lakes, N.J. (145)

9:05 a.m. – Jesse Daley, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (142) vs. Brad Nurski, St. Joseph, Mo. (146)

9:15 a.m. – Scott Harvey, Greensboro, N.C. (138) vs. Kenny Coakley, Minneapolis, Minn. (146)

9:25 a.m. – Christopher Ault, Yardley, Pa. (147) vs. Brad Valois, Warwick, R.I. (147)

9:35 a.m. – Chris Noel, Broken Arrow, Okla. (148) vs. Craig Mason, Ashburn, Va. (145)

9:45 a.m. – David May, Auburn, N.Y. (148) vs. Kevin Silva, New Bedford, Mass. (146)

*Round of 32 winners advance to the third round of match play on Tuesday, beginning at 12:15 p.m.


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