Meyers, Duke & Guy Share Medal At Mid-Amateur Qualifying At Bedens Brook
John Meyers of Moggy Brook, Tyler Duke of Rumson and Thomas Guy of Eligo Club all shot even-par 72 to share medalist honors in the Stroke-Play qualifying round of the NJSGA 35th Mid-Amateur Championship on Tuesday, June 5, at The Bedens Brook Club in Skillman.
The low 16 players who shot 76 or better qualified for the match-play portion of the Mid-Amateur Championship, which begins on Wednesday, June 6. The Round of 16 begins at 7:30 a.m., with the quarterfinal round to follow in the afternoon.
The semifinals and final are set for Thursday, June 7. A playoff was needed to determine the final three participants from among the seven who shot 76 on Tuesday. The issue was decided on the second playoff hole.
In the Round of 16, Meyers is matched against James Arbus of NJSGA E-Club, Duke will face Eric LeFante of Somerset Hills, and Guy will meet Chester Patterson of NJSGA E-Club.
This year, the NJSGA lowered the age requirement for the Mid-Amateur Championship to 25 from 30. Meyers, 27, was able to use the new age decision to his advantage.
“I was happy to hear about the lowering of the age limit. I marked the date of the event on my calendar and couldn’t wait for the qualifying round. I hit my driver really well today, got a couple of birdies, and really enjoy a stress-free round.
“I had my buddy from high school, Brett Sinosky, on my bag, and we really had a good time,” said Meyers, a native of Basking Ridge, N.J., who attended Ridge High School.
Meyers works as Assistant Manager, Competitions, at the United States Golf Association in Far Hills. This summer, he is manager of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., July 16-21, and the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Championship at Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club in Vero Beach, Oct. 6-11.
“I’ve gotten better as a player the past few years. I made the cut last year at the State Amateur (T-32, plus 7), and last month I shot 72 at Spring Lake in the U.S. Open Local Qualifier and missed the cut by one shot. I’m excited about playing well at The Bedens Brooks Club this week,” said Meyers, a graduate of James Madison University.
Duke 38, is a native of Washington, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the golf team at Ohio University and has lived in Rumson since 2004.
“I’ve never seen this course before and I got off to a slow start with bogeys on my first two holes. With the wind and the conditions, I was happy to shoot par. I hit some good putts. Out here, you have to keep the ball in front of you,” Duke said.
Since 2015, Guy has been CEO of the Eligo Club North America. Eligo Club offers members access to worldwide golfing destinations.
Guy, 34, lives in Holmdel and is also a member at Metedeconk National Golf Club in Jackson. This is his first year playing as an amateur, having formally acted as a PGA teaching professional. A native of the Isle of Wight in the U.K., he has already qualified for the MGA’s Ike Championship.