Loyola Alum Qualifies For U.S. Mid-Amateur

Aug. 6, 2008

Less than a week after he was one of three former Loyola College golfers to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship, T.J. Shuart '05 pulled off a major USGA double.

Shuart (Lake Charles, La.) shot a one-over 73 in difficult conditions at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston to finish tied for second in a qualifier and earn a spot in the 2008 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

One of 11 amateur championships run by the United States Golf Association for men and women through a range of ages, the Mid-Amateur is considered by many to be the top `true' amateur event in all of golf. In order to be eligible for qualification, competitors must be at least 25 years of age as of the opening day of the tournament and have a USGA handicap index of 3.4 or lower.

Shuart, who is now a project manager for Wadsworth Golf Construction Company, will tee it up at the Milwaukee Country Club in River Hills, Wisc., September 6-11, in his first attempt at the event.

Last week, Shuart won a three-man playoff at the Louisiana sectional qualifier of the U.S. Amateur Championships to earn a spot in that event.

He will join 2008 graduates Chris Derby (Alexandria, Va./Gonzaga Prep) and Matt Bassler (Catonsville, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) in the Amateur on Pinehurst's No. 2 and No. 4 courses, August 18-24.

"It is certainly positive that players who have graduated from the program continue to work on their games and succeed at the highest levels," Loyola Head Golf Coach Tom Beidleman said. "I am very happy for T.J., Matt and Chris, and we wish them the best of luck."

The play of the trio at the Amateur can be tracked at, while Shuart's action can be seen at