Former Maine Women's Amateur champion Staci Creech and former Husson University All-American Joe Alvarez are competing for the USGA Mid-Amateur Golf Championship at tournaments in Missouri and North Carolina.

The USGA Mid-Amateur tournament is for the nation's top amateur players who are 25-years-old and up.

USGA Women's Mid-Amateur Championship, St. Louis, Missouri: Staci Creech was one of nine players to qualify in Colorado. She is the wife of former UMaine athletic director Karlton Creech who is now the AD at the University of Denver. While in Maine, Creech won the Maine Amateur title three consecutive years, including once at Penobscot Valley GC in Orono. Creech has played in the last two USGA Mid-Am national tournaments.

She is in a field of 132 golfers from all over nation. Two rounds of stroke play take place on Saturday and Sunday. The to 64 scorers move into match play competition starting Monday.

MSGA Photo / USGA Mid-Amateur Qualifier Joe Alvarez

USGA Men's Mid-Amateur Championship, Charlotte, North Carolina: Joe Alvarez qualified for the national tourney in Newton, Mass. Six players qualified and he was the top scorer.

Alvarez helped lead Husson University's golf team to the NAIA national tournament in 2001. He won conference Golfer of the Year honors and was a first team NAIA All-American. He is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.

He has been one of Maine's top golfers for several years, winning three Maine Mid-Amateur Championships (2006, 2007, 2011). Alvarez won the Maine Match Play Championship in 2010.

Alvarez and 263 other top amateurs will tee it up this weekend in two rounds of stroke play with the top 64 players moving on to match play competition starting Monday.

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