Ken Starkweather of Ridgemont Country Club, center, accepts the RDGA Mid-Amateur Championship trophy from RDGA Tournament Director Mike Sorce, left, after winning the 2016 RDGA Mid-Amateur title at Chili Country Club. Jason Starkweather, right, caddied for his father during the Championship.
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 captured his second career RDGA Mid Amateur Championship at Chili Country Club in a competition that was shortened from 36 to 27 holes as a result of two 50-minute delays due to weather in the final day of the tournament. In the second round, Starkweather, who also won the District Mid Am in 2008, won the 2016 RDGA Mid Am title after shooting 2-over-par 38 for 9 holes in the final round to finish the Championship with a 3-over-par 111 total for 27 holes. (CLICK HERE to view the final results from the 2016 RDGA Mid-Amateur Championship.)
In 2017, the RDGA Mid Amateur Championship visits the prestigious Michael Hurdzan-designed Cobblestone Creek Country Club for the first time in the 10-year history of the championship. Scheduled for August 11 and 12, competitors will tour the beautifully-maintained, par-72 private country club which has been host to several RDGA Championships through the years, including the District Match Play Championship three times, the RDGA Junior Championship once - and, the RDGA District Championship for Men and Women twice, most recently in 2012. In addition to the Championship trophy, the top three finishers - including ties - will receive exemptions into the 2018 RDGA District Championship John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial.
For more information about the 2017 RDGA Mid-Amateur Championship at Cobblestone Creek Country Club - and to register - visit our tournament information page HERE.
|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|