Birmingham, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - Mike McCoy eased past Bill Williamson with an 8 & 6 victory on Thursday to claim the title at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
The 50-year-old McCoy, who became the second-oldest Mid-Amateur champion since Randal Lewis won in 2011 at the age of 54, earned his first career USGA title.
McCoy and Williamson both found water at the first, allowing Williamson to win the hole with a double bogey.
It was all McCoy from there, though, as the Iowa native birdied the fourth to square the match and followed that with a par at the fifth and a birdie at the sixth to take a 2-up advantage.
After the duo halved the next five holes, Williamson missed a 7-foot birdie putt at the 12th to fall 3-down to McCoy. McCoy later converted a pair of 2- putt pars at the 17th and 18th to head into the break with a 5-up lead.
When play resumed on the West Course at the Country Club of Birmingham, the 33-year-old Williamson failed to save par from inside four feet at the 20th to drop to 6-down.
McCoy's lead stretched to 8-up following a pair of pars at the 23rd and 24th before Williamson won his first hole since the first, rolling in his par effort at the 26th prior to McCoy failing to convert his short par try.
But that would be the last hole Williamson would win and after trading pars over the next three holes, McCoy was conceded birdie at the 30th following his chip to four feet of the pin to close out the victory.