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McCoy, Williamson to meet in Mid-Am final

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Michael McCoy and Bill Williamson will meet with a trip to Augusta National on the line in Thursday's final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

McCoy, 50, won a pair of matches for the second consecutive day, the latter of which saw him defeat 2005 Mid-Am champion Kevin Marsh, 4 and 3. McCoy has played in 38 USGA championships, including the U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur earlier this year, but is still in search of his first title on the national stage.

His opponent in Thursday's 36 hole final at the Country Club of Birmingham will be the 33-year-old Williamson, who is playing in just his third Mid-Amateur. A native of Cincinnati, Williamson has largely cruised through the match-play portion of this event, taking one match via concession and winning three others without ever reaching the 15th tee. His semifinal against Kenneth McCready was somewhat tighter, but Williamson – who has yet to trail at any point during match play – held on to win by a 2 and 1 margin.

First played in 1981, the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship is open to all amateur men 25 years or older with a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower. The winner of the event annually receives an invitation to The Masters.