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Stonewall Links to host 2016 U.S. Mid-Amateur

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The USGA announced Tuesday that the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will head to Stonewall Links in 2016. It marks the first time the Elverson, Pa., venue has hosted a USGA championship and means the governing body will contest three different championships in Pennsylvania in 2016.

Located 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Stonewall Links offers two courses, the Old and North, both designed by Tom Doak. Having opened in 1993, the venue has hosted a pair of Philadelphia Amateur Championships as well as the 2003 Pennsylvania Open.

In addition to the U.S. Mid-Amateur, the USGA will also head to the Keystone State in 2016 for the U.S. Open, held at venerable Oakmont Country Club outside Pittsburgh, and for the U.S. Women's Amateur, to be played at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield.

First played in 1981, the U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to male amateurs age 25 and older with a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower. Past champions include Jay Sigel ('83, '85, '87), Trip Kuehne (2007) and defending champion Nathan Smith, who has claimed the title four times overall and three times in the last four years. The winner of the event automatically receives an invitation to the Masters the following year.

The dates of the championship at Stonewall Links are Sept. 10-15, 2016.