New Orleans, LA     August 23, 2018

The Bayou State will be well represented at the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship. Clinton Shepard of Maurice, Louisiana fired a five-under par 67 to earn medalist honors inThursday’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier conducted by the Louisiana Golf Association at Bayou Oaks at City Park (South Course). Shepard’s 67 was two shots better than the 69 carded by Douglas Dupont of Monroe, Louisiana and Matthew Ritchie of Mobile, Alabama. There were two qualifying spots available from this site, so Dupont and Ritchie went head-to-head in a sudden death playoff, which Dupont won with a par (5) on the first playoff hole (#18). Shepard and Dupont now advance to the Championship proper, to be conducted at historic Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 22-27. Carolina Golf Club is the stroke play co-host venue. Louisianans Derek Busby of Ruston and Patrick Christovich of New Orleans were exempt from qualifying because they are inside the top 400 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Shepard was paired in the first group to tee off at 7:30 AM. He made two birdies on the front 9 on holes #2 (par 3 / 190 yards) and #9 (par 5 / 585 yards) and zero bogeys. Shepard continued to build momentum after the turn, making birdies on two of his first three holes (par 4 10th and par 4 12th). He made his lone bogey of the day at the par 4 13th, and then bounced back with consecutive pars. Shepard carded another birdie at the par 4 16th and then added a par at the par 3 17th hole. He capped off his round in impressive fashion with a birdie at the par 5 18th hole, making a 15-foot putt to secure medalist honors

Thursday’s qualifier was conducted in excellent golf weather, sunny with temperatures in the mid-80s and a slight breeze blowing across the course from the north. The Bayou Oaks at City Park South Course played to a par 72 at 6,978 yards. Click here to view final results.

Both Charlotte CC (1910) and Carolina GC (1929) are Donald Ross designed tracks. The USGA received 4,709 (most since 1997) for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur. This will be the first U.S. Mid-Amateur contested in the state of North Carolina. In Charlotte, a field of 264 will compete over 36 holes of stroke play qualifying on September 22 & 23.  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, September 24.  Round of 32 and Round of 16 matches will be conducted on September 25; Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be played on September 26, with the Championship Match (36 holes) to be conducted on Thursday, September 27. FS1 will broadcast the final two matches.