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Florida Mid-Am: Woulfe Shoots His Age to Earn #1 Seed
67-year-old Rick Woulfe shot his age to pace all qualifiers<br>(FSGA photo)
67-year-old Rick Woulfe shot his age to pace all qualifiers
(FSGA photo)

VERO BEACH, FL (May 19, 2017) - The seedings for the Round of 32 have been determined at the 36th Mid-Amateur Championship held at John’s Island Club – West Course in Vero Beach. After 36 holes of stroke play qualifying, 32 players have advanced to match play and matches are currently underway, including a matchup of the reigning Player of the Year, Joe Alfieri, and reigning Senior Player of the Year, Peter Wegmann.

Round one concluded with a tight race at the top of the stroke-play leader board. William Mallon, of Vero Beach, held the first-round lead after carding six birdies en route to a four under-par 68. Mallon is no stranger to the West Course in the Mid-Amateur Championship, having made it to the round of 32 back in 2007. In second place, one-stroke off the lead, sit notables Joe Alfieri and Rick Woulfe. Alfieri, the 2016 Player of the Year and 2013 Mid-Amateur Champion, made the turn at level par but would rally coming home in 33 to shoot 69 (-3). Woulfe, who won the Mid-Amateur the last time it was contested at John’s Island West in 2012, shot a scintillating back-nine 31 which included three birdies and one eagle. Matt Broome, of Jupiter, sat alone in third after opening with 70 (-2) while 5 other players would go on to card opening rounds of 71 (-1). Day one finished with 35 players at 76 or better vying to finish in the top 32 and advance to match play.

The second round began with an early shotgun start to finalize the top 32 players proceeding to match play in the afternoon. After a second round that came right down to the wire, Rick Woulfe carded a five under-par 67 to earn medalist honors and the number one seed. Overnight leader William Mallon was able to hold off Woulfe for much of the second round but could not keep pace with Woulfe’s stellar play finishing four back of the eventual medalist. Woulfe’s round of 67 was the best of the day and capped off an impressive two-day total of eight-under par 136. The round would also mark the first time Woulfe has shot his age in competition! Marc Dull, who finished runner-up in the 2015 USGA Mid-Amateur Championship also contested at John’s Island West, took solo third after rounds of 71-70 and a two-day total of 141 (-3). Tyler Shook, Matt Broome, and Joe Alfieri were the only other players to finish under par for the stoke play seeding rounds.

The 84-man field was trimmed to 32 after two rounds of stroke play, but seven players tied for 30th at ten over, calling for a seven-man playoff for three spots before match play kicked off Friday afternoon. Matthew Marino, Miles McConnell, and Justin Goodhue would survive the playoff cashing in their tickets for the round of 32.

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36 holes of stroke play determine a 32-player match play bracket. Must be age 25 or older and be a member of the FSGA.

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