Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play
Willow Brook Country Club
Hickman Wins Texas Mid-Amateur
Aaron Hickman goes wire-to-wire and defeats Colby
Harwell 5 and 4 at Willow Brook Country Club to win his first Texas Mid-Amateur
Match Play Championship. Hickman felt the pressure all week to perform at his
best in front of his home club and lived up to the challenge.
Date: July 23-26, 2020
Host Club: Willow Brook Country Club
Address: 3205 W. Erwin St. Tyler, TX 75702
TGA Staff Contact: Kellen Kubasak, Director of Competitions, North Texas
Entry & Eligibility Information
Entries Open: June 2, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
Entries Close: July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Exempt Deadline: June 17, 2020 @ 5:00 PM
Entry Fee: $250
Elgibility: Entries are open to male amateur golfers who reside in the state of Texas age 25 or older as of the first round of tournament play, with a WHS Handicap Index of 5.4 or less. Please reference TGA Policies & Procedures for further details, including Policies and Procedures and Terms of the Competition.
Entry Procedure: The field will be established in the order in which entries are received with a priority for exempt players in each division until the published exemption deadline of Wednesday, June 17 at 5:00 PM. Once the exemption deadline has passed, and if the field or a division is not full, the TGA will fill the remaining spots in the field with waitlisted entries, which may affect the size of each division. These entries will be accepted into the field in the order in which they were received, regardless of division. After the close of entries, teams that withdraw will be filled based on the waitlist, regardless of division. For additional information regarding the wait list and when the number of applicants exceeds the field capacity, please refer to the TGA Policies and Procedures.
Format/Field Size: The championship is scheduled for 18 holes of stroke play qualifying on Thursday, July 23. The low 32 players from stroke play qualifying will advance to match play beginning on Friday, July 24. The field is limited to 88 players.
Caddies: Caddies are NOT permitted during the championship.
Transportation: Players are encouraged to ride throughout the 2020 Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play. During the stroke play qualifying round, there will be a maximum of two carts per group. Players riding in shared carts will be required to wear a mask. Players may walk at any time and will not be required to wear a mask if socially distant. During the match play portion of the event, all players will have their own cart.
Schedule of Events
Tuesday, May 26
9:00 AM - Entries Open
Wednesday, June 17
5:00 PM - Exempt Deadline Closes
Wednesday, July 15
5:00 PM - Entries Close
Wednesday, July 22
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Practice Rounds
8:00 AM - Practice Round Starting Times - #1 Tee
Thursday, July 23
8:00 AM - Stroke Play Qualifying Round - #1 Tee
Following Play - Field cut to the low 32 players for Match Play
Friday, July 24
7:30 AM - Round of 32 Matches
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM - Player Lunches
1:00 PM - Round of 16 Matches
Saturday, July 25
7:30 AM - Quarterfinal Matches
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Player Lunches
12:00 PM - Semifinal Matches
Sunday, July 26
7:30 AM - Championship Match
Exemptions: Provided players are otherwise eligible, exemptions are given to the following:
a. Last three (3) Texas Amateur Champions:
- Ryan Grider - 2019
- Mitchell Meissner - 2018 (Ineligible)
- Zander Lozano - 2017
b. Last three (3) Texas Mid-Amateur Champions:
- Christopher Wheeler - 2019
- Colby Harwell - 2018, 2017
c. Players advancing into the Round of 16 in the match play portion of the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur Match Play:
- Jake Istrick
- Charles White
- Joseph Mathis
- Geoff Heller
- Anthony Estorga
- Kevin Liberto
- Bryan Mitchell
- Danny Lovell
- Randy Lance
- Shaun Helmle
- Bart Worthing
- Josh Swanson
- John Dowdall
- Gary Ezmerlian
d. Top 10 finishers in the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur:
- Jeff Howard
- Marcus Jones
- Brandon Immel
- Rob Couture
- Clay Hodge
- Blake Trimble
- Travis Woolf
- Brad Mason
- Alex Woodward
- Jess Bonneau
e. Top 10 finishers in the current year’s Texas Amateur:
- 111th Texas Amateur Postponed to August 7-9
f. Winner and Runner-Up in the current year’s Regional Mid-Amateurs:
g. Low Mid-Master from the previous year’s Texas Mid-Amateur:
- Marcus Jones
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