Tim Saur of Oak Hill, left, is congratulated by RDGA Vice President Paul Turner, right, after winning the 2017 RDGA Mid Amateur Championship at Cobblestone Creek Country Club on August 12.
The RDGA Mid Amateur Championship
One of the more recent additions to the annual lineup of Rochester District Golf Association championships, the RDGA Mid Amateur Championship is open to all amateur male golfers age 25 and over (as of the beginning of each year's tournament) who are members in good standing at RDGA clubs. All contestants must have a RDGA/USGA Handicap Index supplied by the RDGA.
Patterned after the USGA's Mid Amateur, the first RDGA Mid Amateur Championship was held in 2007 as a way to provide a formal competition for local post collegeiate-age amateurs, for whom the game is an avocation, rather than a stepping stone to a professional career. The format of the event is a two-day, 36-hole, stroke play competition, conducted as two 18-hole rounds held on consecutive days.
To say that Stafford Country Club member Jim Scorse has dominated this championship is an understatement. In 2015, the four-time RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Memorial winner captured the RDGA Mid Am title for the sixth time in the history of the competition, finishing six shots ahead of runner-up Dr. Jim Mason from Oak Hill Country Club. In 2016, Ridgemont's Ken Starkweather became just the second player (other than Scorse) to win the District Mid Am title more than once.
At Cobblestone Creek Country Club in 2017, Oak Hill's Tim Saur capitalized on a first round score of 4-under-par 68 to hold on for a four-shot victory as daylight gave way to dusk, winning the 2017 RDGA Mid Amateur Championship title over co-runners-up Ken Starkweather of Ridgemont and Jon Pecor of Locust Hill. The victory, which came following a lengthy weather delay midway through the second and final round, was Saur's first District Championship title of any kind. (CLICK HERE to view the final results from the 2017 RDGA Mid-Amateur Championship.)
In 2018, the RDGA Mid Amateur Championship visits the scenic Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club for the second time in the 11-year history of the championship. The first time - in 2010 - Jim Scorse captured his second of six RDGA Mid Am titles to date. Sodus last hosted an RDGA Championship in 2013, when Sodus member Bob Zeman won his second of three District Senior titles.
Scheduled for August 17 and 18, competitors will tour the beautifully-maintained, par-72 semi-private country club which celebrates it's 94th anniversary in 2018. Sodus Bay Heights is also known for hiring East Rochester's Robert Trent Jones as it's first golf professional (long before he became a world-famous golf course architect).
In addition to the RDGA Mid Amateur Championship trophy, the top three finishers - including ties - will receive exemptions into the 2019 RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial.
For more information about the 2018 RDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club - and to register - visit our tournament information page HERE.
|2017||Tim Saur||Cobblestone Creek Country Club|
|2016||Ken Starkweather||Chili Country Club|
|2015||Jim Scorse||Deerfield Golf & Country Club|
|2014||Jim Scorse||Penfield Country Club|
|2013||Jim Scorse||Centerponte Golf Club|
|2012||Mike Rogers||Penfield Country Club|
|2011||Jim Scorse||Caledonia Country Club|
|2010||Jim Scorse||Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club|
|2009||Ken Seibold||Brookwoods Country Club|
|2008||Ken Starkweather||Ravenwood Golf Club|
|2007||Jim Scorse||Ravenwood Golf Club|