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Three locals qualify for U.S. Mid-Amateur at Country Club of Buffalo

Four golfers punched their tickets to the U.S. Mid-Amateur on Thursday at the Country Club of Buffalo, with three coming from the greater Buffalo area.

Jamie Miller of Orchard Park took first place at the Mid-Am Sectional Qualifier, hitting an even-par 70 to lead the pack by a stroke in the one-round tournament.

This is Miller's second straight year qualifying for the Mid-Am. He also qualified for the U.S. Four Ball earlier this year with Jim Smith of Crag Burn.

Michael Piccillo of Buffalo, Nicholas Morreale of Tonawanda and James Scorse of Churchville also made the cut for next month’s U.S. Mid-Amateur in Charlotte, N.C.

Buffalo is one of 64 qualifying sites around the country, with the final opportunity to qualify kicking off on Monday in Marysville, Calif., Oakdale, Calif., Dublin, Ohio and Farmington, Pa.

Miller, who golfs out of Wanakah Country Club, was as consistent as possible, shooting par on every one of the 18 holes.

Samuel Sikes of Richmond, Va., and Rick Olson of Big Flats will serve as alternates from the Buffalo qualifying.

The U.S. Mid-Amateur will run from Sept. 22-27 at the Charlotte Country Club and will be aired on FS1. The field consists of 264 players pulled from 4,709 entries, the most received since 1997.

The tournament is open to any golfer who turns 25 as of Sept. 22 and whose Handicap Index does not exceed 3.4.

Matt Parziale, who participated in the Porter Cup this summer at Niagara Falls Country Club, won the tournament last year at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Atlanta.

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