Mid-Am champ McCoy DQ'd over scorecard

Mike McCoy during the 2014 U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Mike McCoy believed he had made it through to the match-play portion of the U.S. Amateur, but he did not feel victorious after being informed that he was disqualified for signing a wrong scorecard.

McCoy, 51, was the second-oldest winner of the Mid-Amateur last fall at the Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama and this week at Atlanta Athletic Club was playing in his 40th USGA championship. But on Tuesday, he acted more like a rookie. McCoy shot 74, but mistakenly signed for 73. The 74 would have been good enough to get him into Wednesday morning’s playoff for four remaining spots into match play.

“I’m just an idiot,” McCoy told Golfweek by phone after it was determined he was disqualified. “Just stupid, stupid.”

On the 551-yard par five 12th hole on AAC’s Highlands course, McCoy ran into problems, but rallied to drain a 25-foot putt. His fellow competitors each said to him, “Good 6,’’ and McCoy went to the next tee with 6 in his head. But the putt he made had actually been for a double-bogey 7.

When McCoy’s scores were being hand-written onto the scoreboard, the error was determined, and McCoy was asked to return to the scoring area to review his card. It was then determined he'd signed for an incorrect score; he signed for a 2-over 73 total when he actually shot 3-over 74. He was disqualified under Rule 6-6d of the Rules of Golf.

So instead of returning Wednesday morning for what would have been an 18-for-4 playoff, McCoy will be on his way back home in Des Moines, Iowa.

“We went back through it, and I made a mistake,” McCoy said. “It was just the heat of battle.”

McCoy was competing in his 14th U.S. Amateur, and was low amateur at this summer’s U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National, tying for 28th. He is an 11-time Iowa Golf Association Player of the Year, and is a member of the Iowa Golf Association Hall of Fame.

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