Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike McCoy and Bill Williamson both won their two matches on Wednesday to advance to the final at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
McCoy closed out a 4 & 3 win over 2005 winner Kevin Marsh, while Williamson claimed a 2 & 1 victory over Kenneth McCready to move into the final match.
The 50-year-old McCoy won five of the first eight holes to grab a commanding lead. Marsh, a 40-year-old from Nevada, fought back with birdies on nine and 10 to get back within 3-down.
The duo traded wins at the next two holes. McCoy birdied the 13th to again move 4-up. They matched pars on the next two holes to give McCoy the match.
The 33-year-old Williamson won three straight holes from the second, two with birdies. McCready took the sixth with a par to get within 2-down. They halved the next seven holes.
Williamson made a mess of the 14th and conceded the holed to trim his lead to 1-up. A bogey on the 16th was good enough to give Williamson a 2-up lead with two holes to go.
The duo halved the 17th to give Williamson the match.
McCoy and Williamson will start their 36-hole final match at 8:00 a.m. (ET) on Thursday at the Country Club of Birmingham.