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An Example of Thriving Mid-Am Game

Charlie Waddell
Charles Waddell reads his putt on 16 during second round medal play at the 2012 Western Amateur Championship at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park IL. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012. (WGA Photo/Charles Cherney)

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. – As evidenced by the roaring success of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, the men’s mid-amateur game in America is alive and thriving and seems to get a jolt of new blood each year. An example of this happy trend was evidenced outside Chicago last week, where 30-year-old Charlie Waddell made his fifth appearance in the Western Amateur.

Waddell grew up in Chicago and was a multiple-sport athlete before heading off to Bucknell University in 2003. It was there that he began to focus on golf, and during his time there he was a four-time All-Patriot League selection and two-time league player of the year.

After Bucknell, he did what I think all players should do if they have any inkling of playing for a living: he turned pro…



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