Kinder, LA          September 11, 2017

Derek Busby of Ruston, Louisiana fired a three-under par 69 on Monday to win medalist honors at the USGA Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Koasati Pines at Coushatta in Kinder.  Busby is the reigning LGA Amateur Champion, and he plans to make some noise at this year's U.S. Mid-Am, after falling in the Round of 16 last year.  Bryan Mitchell of Katy, Texas claimed the second qualifying spot with a one-under par 71.  Busby and Mitchell were the only two competitors to finish the Qualifier under par.  They advance to the Championship proper, to be conducted at the Tom Fazio designed Capital City Club (Crabapple Course) in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-12.  The Crabapple Course opened in 2002, and this will be its first USGA Championship.  The stroke-play co-host venue is Atlanta National Golf Club in Milton, Georgia.   Preston Smith of Shreveport is the first alternate, and Wiggins Edrington of New Orleans is the second alternate.  Click here to view complete qualifying results.

The Koasati Pines course, which hosted the Louisiana Golf Association Net Amateur Championship this past weekend, played to a par of 72 at 7,240 yards.  The golf course drew rave reviews from this field of the best Mid-Amateur players in the region.

In Atlanta, a field of 264 will compete over 36 holes of stroke play qualifying on October 7 & 8.  The low 64 players will then be placed in a match play draw to determine the champion with the first round of matches to be played on Monday, October 9.  Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches will be conducted on October 10; Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played on October 11, with the Championship Match (36 holes) to be conducted on Thursday, October 12.