Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906

A Closer Look at the 31st Texas Mid-Amateur Championship

A Closer Look at the 31st Texas Mid-Amateur Championship

The state’s best mid-amateur golfers will try to unlock the mystery of Escondido, which hosts the 31st Texas Mid-Amateur Championship from September 19-21.

The Mid-Amateur is open to male amateurs who belong to a facility that is a member of the Texas Golf Association, will have reached the age of 25 on or before September 19, 2014, have a GHIN Handicap Index not exceeding 8.4 and are current Texas residents. Format for the championship is 54 holes of individual stoke play. Contestants will play 18 holes on Sept. 19-20. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 54 players and ties headed into the final round on Sunday, Sept. 21. 

Of the 586 entries received this year, 34 players were fully exempt from qualifying based on past performance. To determine the remaining 98 spots in the 132-player starting field, 18-hole qualifiers are being held at 12 sites across the state from July 29-Aug. 24.

Defending champion Clay Hodge looks to become the fifth multi-winner and the second back-to-back champion and the first since John Grace won four straight from 1991-94. Hodge made a birdie on the second playoff hole last year to edge out Colby Harwell. Hodge, a Bryan native, is playing in his first TGA Championship in 2014 and will defend his title against some familiar names.

Arlington’s John Bearrie won the 2012 Mid-Amateur at Dallas Athletic Club. The 2012 State Player of the Year finished fourth in the North Mid-Amateur this year, third in the Four-Ball Championship, tied for seventh at the West Texas Amateur and took eighth in the North Amateur Championship.

Aaron Hickman has three top-10 finishes in the last four years at this tournament. The Tyler native finished tied for 10th at the 105th Texas Amateur in 2014, was third with teammate John Bearrie in the Four-Ball, a quarterfinalist at the Mid-Am Match Play and will represent Texas at the 2014 USGA State Team event in French Lick, Ind. 

Colby Harwell was the runner-up in last year’s Mid-Amateur and finished tied for sixth in 2011. Robinson’s Harwell will be playing with Hickman in the 2014 USGA State Team event and finished tied for 16th at the State Amateur in June.

Reigning Senior Player of the Year Mike Peck of Irving won the Mid-Amateur Match Play Championship at Traditions Club earlier this year. Peck won the 2013 Senior Amateur at Willow Brook Country Club and finished tied for fourth in the 2013 Mid-Am.

Jess Bonneau was the runner-up at the Mid-Am Match Play in July, losing in the championship after 19 holes. Bonneau was a semifinalist at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship at Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan. The Houston native finished tied for ninth here last year.

Doug Manor, who won the 2013 Texas Amateur at Lakeside Country Club, finished tied for fourth in last year’s Mid-Am and tied for ninth in 2012. The Dallas native is the reigning State Player of the Year and is playing in his fourth championship this season.

Mike Booker of The Woodlands is playing in his eighth TGA Championship in 2014. The 2012 Senior Player of the Year has had good success in this event, winning in 2003 and finishing tied for 13th in 2010 and tied for sixth in 2011.  
Mobile
Women's Partnership
Women's Four-Ball Championship
Stay Connected
TGA Players Box