Oct. 5, 2009
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Former University of Oklahoma golfers Tripp Davis and Doug Manor both advanced to match play on Sunday at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.
The OU duo were two of 64 golfers that advanced from the 36-hole stroke play portion of the event, held at the Kiawah Island Club's 6,964-yard, par-72 Cassique layout and the 6,908-yard, par-71 River Course.
Davis (Norman, Okla.) carded back-to-back rounds of 71, closing the stroke play portion of the event at 1-under-par 140 and trailed co-medalist's Michael McCoy (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Nathan Smith (Pittsburgh, Pa.) by just two strokes.
Making his sixth appearance at the Mid-Amateur this week, Davis captured medalist honors at the event in 2003 and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2005. Davis earned All-America honors in 1989 in helping guide OU to its first NCAA Championship.
Manor, now living in Dallas, Texas, shot rounds of 76 and 74 for a two-day score of 150 (+9), and survived a nine-way playoff for one of the final three spots into the match play 64-player bracket.
Manor was a four-year letterman for the Sooners from 2001-04.
A steady rainstorm Monday morning postponed the start of the first round of match play, which is being contested at the Cassique course at The Kiawah Island Club.
The U.S. Mid-Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the United States Golf Association, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs, including the U.S. Amateur Public Links, which was held at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in July.