Marsh to Face Forrester in Mid-Amateur Final


USGACHATTANOOGA, Tenn.-- Kevin Marsh will face Carlton Forrester in Thursday's 36-hole final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship after both players won quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Wednesday.
Marsh defeated Tripp Davis, 3 & 1, in the quarterfinals and then dispatched Steven Liebler, 2 & 1, in the semifinals. Forrester upended Kenneth Kellaney, 3 & 1, in the quarterfinals and then needed 18 holes to edge Mike McCoy in the semifinals at The Honors Course.
McCoy breezed past Brendan Hester, 7 & 6, in the quarterfinals and was ahead 1-up, on Forrester after the 16th hole. However, his tee shot on the par-5 488-yard 17th hole went into the trees and McCoy double-bogeyed the hole.
'I was just trying to hit it down the left side of the fairway and got quick (with the swing) and hit it left,' said McCoy. 'I didn't have a very hard pitch-out, but pitched it into a bush, and it just kind of went downhill from there. It's kind of disappointing because all I had to do was pitch it into the fairway and five would have probably tied the hole. That was a big blunder.'
Forrester's approach shot on the par-4 18th landed in the left rough and he then chipped onto the green three feet from the cup. McCoy's approach shot landed on the opposite side of the cart path, but his chip only came within 40 feet. McCoy missed his par putt a few inches short, while Forrester nailed his.
Liebler defeated Trey Lewis on the 19th hole in the quarterfinals, but never had the lead against Marsh in the semis. In fact, he was behind by three holes after the par-5 11th and it was an uphill battle the rest of the way.
'I can't tell you how excited I am to be playing (in the final),' said Marsh. 'I've never played a 36-hole match before in my life. That in itself is going to be really fun. I'm just going to try to keep it up and see what happens.'
The Mid-Amateur is open to amateur golfers who will have reached their 25th birthday on or before September 10, and who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 3.4.
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