The best mid-am and senior amateur golfers in the world are soon coming to Pawleys Island, South Carolina. The 2022 International Mid-Amateur and Senior Championship welcomes a who’s who of amateur golf. Considered a major tournament in the world of amateur golf, the best of the best will play August 4-7 for a piece of history.
Names like Paul Simson, Doug Hanzel, Bob Royak and Rusty Strawn all jump off the screen when looking at the senior roster.
Simson is one of the greatest American amateur golfers in golf history. Two American senior ams, a mini grand slam in 2010 winning the American, British and Canadian senior amateur championships in less than two months, nine North and South wins (2 amateur wins, 7 senior amateur wins) and more than 40 Carolinas Golf Championships of the association give Simson a career worthy of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Hanzel is coming off a victory last month at the National Senior Hall of Fame Tournament. Royak is consistently at the top of the leaderboards and won the 2019 US Senior Amateur. Strawn is currently ranked No. 2 in the golf week Senior amateur ranking, behind Kevin VandenBerg, who is also in the field this week.
In all, 38 seniors in the area are ranked in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.
As for the mid-ams in the field this week, 13 are ranked in WAGR. Brett Viboch, ranked 1,599 in the world, is the highest ranked mid-morning at the event. Consistently topping the leaderboards at both the USGA and Northern California Mid-Am Amateur Championships, Viboch looks set to break through.
Other notables in the field include Jay Livsey, Justin Young, Domingo Jojola and Gant Bills.
Mike Stranz masterpieces Caledonia and True Blue are the hosts this week. With the remnants of the rice plantations that once stood where the courses now stand, both tracks are ideal for golfing players if they want to win a championship.