Michael McCoy has waited a long time for this moment, and exactly 14 U.S. Mid-Amateurs later, he has earned his first USGA championship.
McCoy was crowned the 33rd U.S. Mid-Amateur champion on Thursday when he defeated Bill Williamson, 8 and 6, at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.).
“I’m very thrilled to finally have won a championship,” said McCoy. “I’ve been trying for a long time. I really chased the dream. And it kind of came true today.”
McCoy, of West Des Moines, Iowa, lost only two holes Thursday as Williamson, 33, of Cincinnati, won the first and 29th holes of the scheduled 36-hole final. McCoy squared the match on No. 4, then kept building on his lead.
“I was trying to get as many up as I could,” added McCoy. “You don’t know what’s going to happen in these matches. I’ve won matches where I’ve been four down. So I knew there was a lot of golf to be played.”
At age 50, McCoy becomes the second-oldest Mid-Amateur champion, behind 2011 winner Randal Lewis, who was 54.
McCoy defeated 2003 champion Kevin Marsh, 4 and 3, on Wednesday to advance to his first-ever final, while Williamson knocked off Kenneth McCready, 2 and 1, in the semifinals.
McCoy likely will earn an invitation to the 2014 Masters. He also gets a two-year U.S. Amateur exemption and a 10-year Mid-Am exemption.