U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship
Conway Farms GC
September 8-13, 2012
September 12, 2012
Casey Boyns lost 2 & 1 to Todd White of South Carolina in the quarterfinal round of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Wednesday morning at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Ill. The Pacific Grove resident lost the first hole of the match and never recovered as he trailed the entire match. White extended his 1 up lead to 3 up through four holes as Boyns lost hole Nos. 3 and 4 with bogeys. The 56-year-old Boyns would cut White’s 3-up lead a couple of times to 2-up winning holes Nos. 9, 12 and 15, but never got closer than that. After halving the 16th and 17th holes White advanced over Boyns with a 2 & 1 victory.
While Boyns’ run came to a close Wednesday, he will likely receive an exemption into next year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship based off his performance this week.
September 11, 2012
Casey Boyns magical run at the U.S. Mid-Amateur continued on Tuesday, winning both his matches in the rounds of 32 and 16 at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Ill. Coming off of a 23 hole match in the round of 64, Boyns played 38 holes on Tuesday, winning his first match in 20 holes and his afternoon match in 18 holes.
In his morning match against SCGA member Brian Tennyson, Boyns never trailed, yet never established a large lead. The 56-year-old took his first lead on the fourth hole with a par and remained there until a bogey on the ninth squared the match back up. The Pacific Grove resident then won the 10th and 12th hole to go 2 up, but would soon relinquish that lead when Tennyson made back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 to square the match. After the two players exchanged pars the next four holes, Boyns would win on the 20th hole after Tennyson bogeyed.
After two matches of gaining a lead early and holding on to the end, Boyns round of 16 match against Michael Muehr of Virginia was polar opposite. Muehr took a 1 up lead on Boyns after the third hole and would maintain a lead for the next seven holes. However, Boyns would go on a tear, winning the 10th, 11th, 13th and 15th lead turning his deficit into a 2 up lead. Despite, losing the 16th hole after making bogey, Boyns would halve the final two holes with pars to win 1 up.
Going into the day three NCGA players had made it to the round of 32, but Boyns was the lone survivor at day’s end. One of those players, Matt Cohn, won his round of 32 match before losing in the round of 16 Tuesday afternoon. Trailing in his morning match for a good portion of the first 12 holes, the San Francisco resident squared his match on the 13th and took his first lead on the 14th, before closing out his opponent 3 & 1 by winning the 16th and 17th. In the afternoon Cohn got down early to Garrett Rank of Canada, losing the first two holes, and found himself 5 down through eight holes, before falling 5 & 3. The other player to make it to the round of 32 was Jeff Murphy of Pleasant Hill, who lost 5 & 4 to Nathan Smith of Pennsylvania. Murphy had a 1 up lead through five holes, but would lose six of the next nine holes, ending his match early.
Boyns will square off Wednesday morning at 5:30 a.m. PST against Todd White of South Carolina. If Boyns advances through the quarterfinal round Wednesday morning, he will compete tomorrow afternoon beginning at 10:45 a.m. PST.
September 10, 2012
Six NCGA members qualified for the 64-player match play field at the 32nd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and of those six, three survived Monday’s round of 64. For the three who advanced, Jeff Murphy, Casey Boyns and Matt Cohn, it wasn’t an easy task as it took a combined 63 holes to advance to Tuesday’s round of 32 at Conway Farms GC in Lake Forest, Illinois.
Boyns of Pacific Grove was involved in the longest match of the day as he went 23 holes with SCGA member Tim Hogarth. The 56-year-old Boyns looked to have the match all sewn up as he was dormie after the 16th hole, but a bogey on the 17th and a birdie by Hogarth on the 18th extended the match. After the two halved the first four holes with a birdie and three pars, Boyns finally prevailed when Hogarth bogeyed the fifth hole to his par.
Similar to the Boyns match in both length and outcome, Murphy’s match had analogous qualities. The Pleasant Hill resident took a 4 up lead at the turn of his match and looked to be in complete control. However, Murphy would not win a single hole on the back nine and lose the 10th, 13th, 15th and 16th holes to see the match go to all square. After halving five straight holes, the 25-year-old would win the fourth extra hole with a birdie to survive his match.
Unlike his fellow NCGA members, Cohn’s match was somewhat opposite, yet it still went a full 18 holes. Cohn’s opponent took a 1 up lead after the first hole and maintained it until Cohn squared the match for the first time on the 11th hole. The San Francisco resident would then take his first lead on the 13th hole, but found himself all square going into the 18th after losing the 16th hole. It wouldn’t matter as Cohn’s opponent took a bogey-6 on the par-5 18th giving the 31-year-old a 1 up victory.
The three NCGA players who failed to advance through to the round of 32 were Fairfield’s Jeff Wilson, Fresno’s Jason Higton and Lodi’s Kevin Wolf. Wilson, the highest seed of all NCGA players (No. 8) lost 6 & 5 in a rather lopsided match. Wolf was the last player to qualify into match play, earning the 64th seed, and lost 2 & 1 to medalist Brad Valois. Higton, the 34th seed, lost his match 3 & 2 to Mason Casper, the 31st seed.
Action from the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship continues Tuesday with the round of 32 played in the morning and the round of 16 in the afternoon.