NYSGA Accepts Over 400 Entries for 37th NYS Men's Mid-Am
JAMESVILLE, N.Y. - The New York State Golf Association (NYSGA) has accepted a total of 421 entries for the 37th New York State Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Shaker Ridge Country Club in Albany, N.Y., September 24-26.
To be eligible, a player must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 10.4, and must be a member of the NYSGA, defined as either (1) belonging to an NYSGA member club or (2) joining the NYSGA as a 2021 NYSGA eClub Member.
Sectional qualifying, played over 18 holes, will be conducted at nine sites around New York from Saturday, August 21 to Friday, September 10 at the following venues:August 21 – Blue Heron Hills GC (Rochester) – 24/5August 27 – Tuscarora GC (Syracuse) – 33/7August 30 – GC at Mansion Ridge (Mid Hudson) – 44/9August 30 – Binghamton CC (Binghamton) – 22/4August 30 – Malone East (N. Country) – 5/1September 1 – Pendleton Creek (Buffalo) – 45/9September 7 – Normanside CC (Albany) – 122/25September 8 – St. Georges G&CC (L. Island) – 63/12September 10 – Yahnundasis GC (Utica/Rome) – 34/7
( ##/## denotes the number of players competing for an allocated number qualifying spots at each site.)
No playoffs will be conducted during sectional qualifying. All players tied for the final allocated spot at a given qualifier, will advance into the championship.
There will also be a “last chance” qualifier on September 22nd, at a course to be announced. The Sunday qualifier will be open to all players, even those who have previously attempted to qualify. A limited number of spots will be allocated to this qualifier and will be announced later.
Shaker Ridge Country Club has hosted a couple New York State championships in the past, including the 2004 Men’s Mid-Am and 1997 Boys’ Junior and 14U Junior Amateur.
The list of 32 golfers who are fully exempt into the 2021 NYS Men’s Mid-Amateur (as of August 19):
Chris Blyth, Jon Boland, Jayson Clarke, Matt Clarke, Kyle Downey, Danny Edwards, Daniel Gabel, Ryan Gabel, Jim Gifford, Darin Goldstein, Billy Hanes, David Hicks, Luke Hobika, James Jackson, Alexander Kang, Patrick Keegan, Doug Kleeschulte, Lawrence Lessing, Brad Monroe, Nicholas Morreale, Patrick Pierson, Josh Rathbun, Benjamin Rublee, Daniel Russo, Timothy Saur, Carl Schimenti, Michael Stopera, Kevin VandenBerg, Louis Walsh, James Welch, Brian Williams, Jeff Wolniewicz
The number of exempt players into the championship could increase based on the performance of amateurs in other regional championships and tournaments around New York State (see below).
Exemption categories for the championship are as follows:
E1. Winners of the NYS Men's Mid-Amateur Championship from the last 20 years.
E2. From the 2019 NYS Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, the 20 lowest scorers and anyone tied for 20th place.
E3. Winners of the NYS Men's Amateur Championship from the last 10 years.
E4. From the 2021 NYS Men's Amateur Championship, any player in the low 40 & ties.
E5. Winners of the 2021 NYS Men's Amateur Four-Ball Championships.
E6. From the 2021 NYS NYS Men's Senior Amateur Championship, the 5 lowest scorers and ties.
E7. Most recent (as of September 22, 2021) winner or low amateur (*professional events) of the following regional championships:
Apogee Investment Management Championship
BDGA Buffalo District Individual Championship
BDGA Buffalo District Mid-Amateur Championship
CRAGA Capital Region Amateur Championship
Delaware County Amateur Championship
Dutchess County Amateur Championship
LIGA Individual Championship
MGA Ike Championship
MGA MET Amateur Championship
MGA MET Open*
RDGA Rochester District Individual Championship
RDGA Rochester District Mid-Amateur Championship
SDGA Gerry Ashe Memorial
TCGA Amateur Championship
Ulster County Amateur Championship
Watertown City Championship
WGA Westchester Individual Championship
E8. From the 2021 Monroe Invitational, any player who advances through the 36 hole cut.
E9. From the 2021 Porter Cup, any player who advances through the 36 hole cut.
E10. Players ranked in the top-4000 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).
E11. Players qualifying for most current (as of September 22, 2021) USGA Championships.
E12. Host club exemptions.
E13. Special exemptions as selected by the NYSGA.