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USGA Announces 2011 & 2012 Mid-Amateur Sites


The United States Golf Association has announced that Shadow Hawk Golf Club in Richmond, Texas, and Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., have been selected to host the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championships, respectively.

In addition, the Houstonian Golf & Country Club in Richmond will be used for the stroke-play portion of the 2011Mid-Amateur Championship, while Knollwood Club in Lake Forest will be used for the stroke-play portion of the 2012 event.

Designed by Rees Jones and opened in 1999, Shadow Hawk will host the U.S. Mid-Amateur on September 17-22, 2011. The club also hosted the 2005 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur. The course's landscape features an abundance of large pecan trees, rolling fairways, a number of elevated greens and a 70-acre lake.

Shadow Hawk has hosted numerous qualifiers for other USGA championships, including sectional qualifying for the 2000, '02, '04 and '08 U.S. Open, local qualifying for the '07 U.S. Open and qualifying for the 2001 Mid-Amateur.

"We are most grateful to the USGA for entrusting our golf club with the distinct honor of hosting another national championship," said Paul Marchand, general manager and head professional at Shadow Hawk. "The spirit of the 2005 U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur lives on with our many members and volunteers, where lasting friendships were made and great shots are still celebrated. We eagerly look forward to experiencing that excitement once again in 2011."

Conway Farms will also be hosting its second USGA championship, the U.S. Mid-Amateur on September 8-13, 2012. Designed by Tom Fazio and opened in 1991, Conway Farms hosted the 1998 U.S. Junior Amateur. With its gently rolling terrain and open vistas, Conway Farms' links-style layout was inspired by the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Noteworthy events previously hosted by Conway Farms include the 1995 Women's Western Junior, the 1997 NCAA Division I Men's Championship and the 2006 Big Ten Championships.

"We are a pure golf club which is committed to amateur golf," said De Mudd, president of Conway Farms Golf Club. "Conway Farms has a vision of giving back to the game, and it is an honor to hold a USGA championship. We are very enthusiastic about the 2012 U.S. Mid-Amateur."

Knollwood Club was the site of the 1982 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Future U.S. Mid-Amateur sites before 2011 include Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C., in 2009, and Atlantic Golf Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y., in 2010.

First played in 1981, the U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to male golfers who are at least 25 years of age and have a USGA Handicap Index that does not exceed 3.4.