BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA | Matthew Mattare, 27, of New York, shot a 2-under-par 69 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Birmingham. Mattare carded a first-round 67 and finished at 5-under 136. Mattare, who advanced to the U.S. Mid-Amateur quarterfinals last year, one-putted his last seven greens on the par-71, 7,173-yard West Course, one of two courses used during the championship’s two stroke-play rounds. The 2011 Mid-Am runner-up Kenny Cook, 33, of Noblesville, Ind., turned in the best round of the championship with a 5-under 65 on the par-70, 6,471-yard East Course. Cook, who shot a 73 in the opening round, posted a two-day total of 138. Also advancing were 2005 Mid-Amateur champion Kevin Marsh, 40, of Henderson, Nev., who has only missed match play once in 10 previous Mid-Amateur appearances; Walker Cup team members Todd White, who was the co-first-round leader with Marsh, and Nathan Smith, who was the defending champion; 1994 and 2001 champion Tim Jackson, 54, of Germantown, Tenn., and two-time USGA Senior Amateur champion Paul Simson, 62, of Raleigh, N.C. Eventual champion Mike McCoy began his run by posting 1-under-par 140 to advance.