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Four Players Qualify for 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. – Four golfers – all OGA members – qualified Wednesday for the 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, after qualifying was held at Oswego Lake Country Club in Lake Oswego, Ore.

Four qualifying spots and two alternate positions were available at Wednesday’s qualifier at Oswego Lake CC. A total of 77 players were in the field.

All four qualifiers earned co-medalist honors at 3-under par 68: Michael Johansen (Vancouver, Wash.), Taylor Klopp (Portland, Ore.), Travis Milleman (Portland, Ore.) and Chris Polski (Eugene, Ore.).

Johansen is a former University of Portland golfer who won the 2012 Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship. He began his round on Wednesday with a bogey, leading to an even-par front nine. He compiled three birdies on the back nine, however, with no bogeys, leading to his 68.

Klopp played golf at Linfield University in McMinnville, where he was the Northwest Conference Player of the Year in 2015 and a two-time All-America Scholar. He also completed an even-par 36 on his front nine on Wednesday, ultimately birdieing three of the final five holes, including the last two, to end up at 3-under for the qualifier.

A former Oregon State University golfer, Milleman won the 2017 Arizona Mid-Amateur Championship, and just last month, earned a T3 finish at this year’s Oregon Men’s Stroke Play Championship. The Portland resident was hot early, firing a 3-under par 33 on his front nine before staying steady on the back nine to also finish at 68.

Polski is the Associate Head Coach for both the Men’s and Women’s Golf Teams at Northwest Christian University in Eugene. A quarterfinalist at the Oregon Amateur in 2017, Polski birdied two of the final four holes to earn a spot at this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Philip Bagdade (Portland, Ore.) is first alternate after shooting 69 (-2) on Wednesday, and JC Riter (Portland, Ore.) is second alternate, finishing at 1-under par (70).

The 2018 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will take place September 21-27, 2018 at Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.

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