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Bob Cooper & Ken Buchan Qualify For Mid-Amateur Sectional Championship

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Bob Cooper, a Monroe, Louisiana resident, shot a six-under par, 66, to win medalist honors at the USGA Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria on Monday.

Ken Buchan, also off Monroe, qualified as well, after carding a two-under par 70.

With their performances, Cooper and Buchan will both advance to the Championship at the Country Club of Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama, October 5-10.

Stan Humphries of Monroe is the first alternate after winning a playoff over Lane Pippin of Ocean Springs, Mississippi on hole #1. Both Humphries and Pippin shot a one-under par 71.

The OakWing course, which hosted the Louisiana Golf Association Club Team Championship this past April, played to a par of 72 at 6,930 yards.  The golf course was in great condition for the U.S. Mid-Am Qualifier.  The greens are some of the best in Louisiana and were rolling at a 10.8 on the stimpmeter on Monday.  Forty competitors competed for the two spots in the championship proper.  OakWing will host the 2014 LGA Four-Ball Championship, July 19-20, 2014.

The USGA accepted 4,238 entries for the 2013 championship.  Cooper and Buchan, who both played collegiate golf at The University of Louisiana at Monroe, will join a field of 264 in Birmingham and will compete over 36 holes of stroke play qualifying on October 5& 6.  The low 64 players will then be placed in a match play draw to determine the champion with the first match to be played on October 7.  Second and third round matches will be conducted on October 8; quarter-final and semi-final rounds will be played on October 9, with the final championship match (36 holes) to be conducted October 10.

Donald Ross designed the Country Club of Birmingham’s East and West Courses in 1926. The West Course at the Country Club of Birmingham will be set up at 7,173 yards and will play to a par of 35-36—71. The East Course at the Country Club of Birmingham, which will serve as the companion course for the two days of stroke-play qualifying, will be set up at 6,471 yards and play to a par of 35-35—70.

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