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Ballwin’s Migdal set to begin play in his first U.S. Amateur

By: Warren Mayes

Sam Migdal begins his first round of the U.S. Amateur on Monday (Aug. 11).

Migdal, 25, of Ballwin, will play in the 117th annual U.S. Amateur to be played at both The Riviera Country Club and Bel-Air Country Club in

The two rounds of stroke play will take place at both The Riviera Country Club in Palisades, Calif., and Bel-Air Country Club in Los Angeles. Competitors will play one round on each course.

Miglad tees off at 12:15 p.m. (PDT). His playing partners are James Grierson, 24, of Australia, and Eric Bae, of Pinehurst, N.C., who will be a sophomore this fall at Wake Forest University.

The 36 holes of stroke play will determine the 64 players who advance to match play. All match-play rounds will be conducted at Riviera.

Migdal is a sales representative for a business products solution company.

Migdal, who is playing in his first U.S. Amateur, won this year’s Missouri Stroke Play Championship by two strokes with a total of 3-under 285 and was the runner-up to Brad Nurski in the Missouri Amateur. He also won the Old Warson Cup to start the local golf season.

He won the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship and earned first-team All-America honors as a senior at the University of Central Missouri.

Migdal will be among the 312 golfers in the 2017 U.S. Amateur Championship.

Migdal now joins his brother, Joe, as playing in the biggest amateur tournament held in the U.S.

Migdal earned a spot in the the oldest championship held by the United States Golf Association when he finished second earlier this summer in the two-day U.S. Amateur Qualifier at at Spencer T. Olin Golf Course.

Joe Migdal qualified in 2015 for the U.S. Amateur and then turned professional, where he currently plays on the Adams Tour.

As wide variety of golfers will be competing in the tournament.

The oldest competitors is George Zahringer, who is 64, and the youngest competitors is Alec Nachmann, who is 15.

Thee average age of the field is 22.39 years.

There are 29 countries represented in the 2017 U.S. Amateur, including United States (251), Australia (11), Canada (7), England (5), People’s Republic of China (3), Norway (3), Argentina (2), Chile (2), Denmark (2), Japan (2), Republic of Korea (2), Mexico (2), Scotland (2), Thailand (2), Chinese Taipei (1), Colombia (1), Dominican Republic (1), Finland (1), France (1), Republic of Ireland (1), Kazakhstan (1), Malaysia (1), New Zealand (1), Peru (1), South Africa (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1), Venezuela (1) and Wales (1).

There are 39 states represented in the 2017 U.S. Amateur.

The 2017 U.S. Amateur was first played in 1895.

This will be the third USGA championship held at Riviera Country Club and the first time it’s been held in southern California since 1976.

The Riviera Country Club will become the 11th course to have hosted the U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur championships. Winged Foot Golf Club, in Mamaroneck, N.Y., Cherry Hills Country Club, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., and Oakland Hills Country Club, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., are among that group.

Many of golf’s legendary players have won the U.S. Amateur Championship, including Robert T. Jones Jr. (1924, 1925, 1927, 1928, 1930), Arnold Palmer (1954), Jack Nicklaus (1959, 1961), Phil Mickelson (1990) and Tiger Woods (1994, 1995, 1996).


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