McCoy, Williamson to meet in U.S. Mid-Am final

Michael McCoy during the second round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Michael McCoy during the second round of match play at the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Michael McCoy has now played in 14 U.S. Mid-Amateurs. He's made match play 11 times and his appearance in the quarterfinals Wednesday was the third time he's made it that far in the USGA championship.

Now, he'll make his first trip to the championship match.

McCoy, 50, defeated Kevin Marsh, 4 and 3, Wednesday in the semifinals of the 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur at the Country Club of Birmingham (Ala.). The West Des Moines, Iowa, native led for the match's entirety, winning the first hole and taking a 5-up lead after eight holes.

McCoy, who dispatched of Bradley Bastion, 7 and 6, in Wednesday's quarterfinals, will now face Bill Williamson in Thursday's match-play final.

Williamson, 33, of Cincinnati, Ohio, knocked off Kenneth McCready, 2 and 1, in the other semifinal. After the first hole was halved, Williamson won the second hole and never relinquished his advantage.

And like McCoy, Williamson made quick work of his quarterfinal opponent, beating Matt Schneider, 8 and 6.

Before this year, Williamson, who has now made three U.S. Mid-Amateur starts, had never made it past the Round of 16, which he reached in 2006.

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Wednesday's results

QUARTERFINALS

Michael McCoy def. Bradley Bastion, 7 and 6

Kevin Marsh def. Ken Tanigawa, 2 and 1

Kenneth McCready def. Todd Mitchell, 20 holes

Bill Williamson def. Matt Schneider, 8 and 6

SEMIFINALS

McCoy def. Marsh, 4 and 3

Williamson def. McCready, 2 and 1

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